VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook

OMS 1 – Semester 2, Block 3 – Neurological System and Special Senses This block integrates biomedical and clinical curriculum to provide the student with the medical knowledge to address the health of the normal neurological system and special senses and includes the most common medical and surgical conditions that present to the primary care and emergency settings. The block also includes prevention strategies to maintain the health of systems, the structural treatments to restore the normal function, surgical procedures required to correct abnormalities, and pharmacologic treatment where required to treat the most common medical conditions. This course provides the education on the structural and functional norms, as well as the embryologic development of the neurological system and special senses. Anatomical importance in clinical medicine is taught through integrated surgical videos and radiology presentations that demonstrate the importance of anatomy in surgical conditions, in radiologic identification, and in other pathologic conditions that impact both anatomical structure and physiologic function. The course is taught in a lecture format followed by laboratory cadaver dissection. Radiological films and surgical videos are integrated within the course. • (MED 7165) Pharmacology II: 1.5 credit hours Pharmacology is designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic management of the most common neurological conditions seen in clinical medicine and primary care. The course applies the principles of pharmacology relative to therapeutics including indications, rationale, mechanism of action, 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 a comprehensive approach to selecting appropriate medications including ethics, cost, efficacy, Evidence Based Medicine trials, age, and quality of life. • (MED 7200) Histology/Pathology: Neurological System and Special Senses: 1.5 credit hours The course begins with the basic histology of the system and provides genetic changes seen with the systems that relate to disease, histological changes with various pathologies, and structural pathological changes. The course covers the most common pathological conditions within the neurological system and special senses, and the changes that occur at the cellular level as well as 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. Courses: • (MED 7107) Neuroscience: 6 credit hours


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