VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook
OMS 1 – Semester 1, Block 2 – Musculoskeletal System Block 2 – The Musculoskeletal System is a comprehensive systems-based block that integrates the biomedical and clinical curriculum to provide the student with the medical knowledge to address the normal structure and function of the Muscular and Skeletal Systems and prevention strategies to maintain the health of the system. The course also includes the diseases or disorders that occur in these systems and their treatment to restore normal function. Courses: • (MED 7100) Anatomy and Embryology: Musculoskeletal System: 3.5 credit hours This course provides the student with education on the structural and functional norms of the musculoskeletal system and the embryologic development of the systems. The application of anatomy in clinical medicine is strengthened through radiographs and surgical videos demonstrate the importance of the anatomical surgical landmarks and structures and the alterations that may occur various surgical clinical conditions. Pathology is often found and how pathologic conditions impact anatomical structure of this system is discussed in Pathology and Anatomy. The course is taught in a lecture format followed by laboratory human cadaver dissection. • (MED 7130) Cell Biology and Physiology: Musculoskeletal System: 0.5 credit hour This course provides the normal development, aging, injury, and repair of the skeletal system, the location, cellular structure, and function of the various muscle types, the physiology of maintaining health of both the skeletal and muscular system. Some of the early pathophysiological changes that occur at the cellular level with disease or abnormalities is also presented. • (MED 7160) Pharmacology I: 1.5 credit hours The Pharmacology Course is designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic management of the most common muscular and skeletal conditions seen in clinical medicine and primary care. The course applies the principles of pharmacology relative to therapeutics including indications, mechanism of action, rationale, efficacy, complications, and risks for the most current and commonly prescribed medications used. The course includes the importance of monitoring the expected effects and potential adverse effects of medications prescribed. The course includes an introduction to the ethics, research trials, cost, efficacy, age, and quality of life to assist the future clinician in selecting the appropriate medication for the most common muscular and skeletal conditions. • (MED 7195) Histology/Pathology: Musculoskeletal System: 1.5 credit hours This course begins with the basic histology of the system, genetic changes seen within the system that relate to genetic disorders of bone and muscle, histological changes with various pathologies, and structural pathological changes that occur with disease or wear and tear and over time. The course covers the most common pathological conditions within the musculoskeletal system, and the changes that occur at the cellular level through gross pathological organ change. The histology portion of the course is taught through lecture where attendance is required. The pathology portion of the course consists of online modules that allow the student to learn and study in an independent environment creating life-long learning skills. This also allows the student to work at their own pace throughout the block, with attention to exam times. Each online module is expected to take the student 3 hours to complete and is accompanied by questions. Students may complete the modules independently or work in groups; however, testing is independent. All computer based exams in Histology/Pathology are given on campus.
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