VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook

OMS 2 – Semester 3, Block 6 – Reproductive and Endocrine Systems This Block is a comprehensive system based block that integrates the biomedical and clinical curriculum to provide the student the medical knowledge to address the normal function of the reproductive and related endocrine systems (pituitary and hormonal). The curriculum includes the most common medical and surgical conditions that occur. 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 certain abnormalities, and pharmacologic treatment where required. Courses: • (MED 7151) Cell Biology and Physiology: Reproductive and Endocrine Systems: 1.5 credit hours This course provides the normal function of the male and female reproductive systems and the related endocrine systems. The course covers the physiology of the menstrual cycle, sexual function and dysfunction, reproduction and infertility, the physiological changes that occur with pregnancy and breast milk production. The course also covers the early pathophysiological changes that occur at the cellular level with diseases or abnormalities of the reproductive and endocrine system. • (MED 7180) Pharmacology V: 1 credit hour Pharmacology is designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic management of the most common Reproductive and Endocrine Systems. 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, EBM trials, age, and quality of life. • (MED 7216) Histology/Pathology: Reproductive and Endocrine Systems: 2.5 credit hours This course begins with the basic histology of the systems 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 reproductive and endocrine 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. • (MED 7250) Principles of Primary Care and Osteopathic Medicine VI: 2 credit hours The Principles of Primary Care course includes the medical history and physical exam related to the reproductive and endocrine systems. The course includes the approach to differential diagnosis from the most common complaints, the most common medical conditions and injuries or abnormalities and their exam, and the most basic osteopathic manipulative medicine techniques used to correct structural and functional abnormalities that relate to these systems and provide a mode of treatment for certain disorders. The course covers the most important history to determine the differential for clinical presentations of symptoms, the complete examination for the systems, and the integration of how abnormalities in the system may affect other systems. Additional laboratory time is dedicated to acquiring and advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine skills.


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