VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook
OMS 1 – Semester 2, Block 4 – Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Block is a comprehensive system based block that integrates biomedical and clinical curriculum to provide the student with the medical knowledge to understand the normal structure and function of the systems, to address maintaining the health of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary systems, and to address the most common medical and surgical conditions that occur. The block also includes structural treatments to restore the normal movement and function, surgical procedures required to correct certain abnormalities, and pharmacologic treatment where required. Courses: • (MED 7110) Anatomy and Embryology: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems: 2 credit hours This course provides the education on the structural and functional norms of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary systems and embryologic development of the systems. Clinical medicine is integrated through surgical videos and radiology that demonstrate the importance of anatomy in surgical conditions, in radiologic identification, and in other pathologic conditions that impact anatomical structure as well as physiologic function. The course is taught in a lecture format followed by laboratory cadaver dissection. Radiology lectures are integrated as is videos that demonstrate the importance of anatomy in surgical conditions. The course is taught in a lecture format followed by laboratory cadaver dissection. Radiology lectures are integrated as are the videos to provide a clinically integrated course. • (MED 7140) Cell Biology and Physiology: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems: 2 credit hours This course provides the normal function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and ENT systems and the physiology of maintaining health of the system. The course also covers the early pathophysiological changes that occur at the cellular level with disease or abnormalities. Also covered in this course are body fluids, acid-base balance, and basic blood components (and their oxygen carrying capacity). • (MED 7170) Pharmacology III: 1.5 credit hours Pharmacology is designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic management of the most common cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions seen in clinical medicine and primary care. The course applies the principles of pharmacology relative to pharmaco-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, age, and quality of life. • (MED 7205) Histology/Pathology: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems: 2.5 credit hours This course begins with the basic histology of the system and provides genetic changes seen with the system that relate to disease, histological changes with various pathologies, and structural pathological changes. The course covers the most common pathological conditions within the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and ENT systems, 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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