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Organ System Diseases

Course Overview

An understanding of disease pathogenesis, pathology and pathophysiology is the bridge that links basic science to clinical care. Combined with medical pharmacology, competency in these disciplines provides the knowledge base necessary for effective and lasting learning in the third and fourth years of medical school. In keeping with LInC principles, the course Organ System Diseases (OSD) will build that knowledge base and then foster integration of the knowledge so that it can be applied to problem solving.

The major disciplines covered are Human Pathology and Pathophyisology, along with Medical Pharmacology. Included under the categories of Pathology and Pathophysiology are Infectious Diseases, and Oncology. Key principles are that, first, no attempt will be made to cover all human diseases; instead, the course will focus on the most common diseases and those best illuminating basic principles. Second, the material will be covered at a depth appropriate for second year medical students. The course will not attempt to emphasize clinical management; however, the management of clinical cases frequently will be used to illustrate and underscore the importance of basic principles.

Each organ system block has Block Directors who determine block content/organization and assume responsibility for integrating the material. Each block provides an electronic syllabus but may require additional readings in selected textbooks and other materials. Blocks usually consist of didactic lectures, laboratories and/or small group sessions.  

Directors

Name
(* indicates block coordinator)

Department

OSD Course Directors  

Sonia Chimienti,  MD

Vijay Vanguri, MD

J. Mark Madison, MD

Thomas Smith, MD

Medicine/ID

Pathology

Medicine/Pulm

Pathology

Director of 

Pharmacology, OSD

John McCullough, PhD  Biochem and Mol Pharm

Respiratory

Block Directors

*Mark Wilson, MD

Ali Akalin, MD

John McCullough, PhD

 Medicine/Pulm

Pathology

Biochem and Mol Pharm

Cardiovascular

Block Directors

*Linda Pape, MD

Dina Kandil, MD

John McCullough, PhD

 Medicine/Card

Pathology

Biochem and Mol Pharm

 Renal

Block Directors

 

*David Clive, MD

Vijay Vanguri, MD

John McCullough, PhD

 

Medicine/Renal

Pathology

Biochem and Mol Pharm

Endocrine

Block Directors

*Seth Arum, MD

Marie Lithgow, MD

John McCullough, PhD

Medicine/Endo

Pathology

Biochem and Mol Pharm

Musculoskeletal/Dermatology

Block Directors

*Nancy Liu, MD

Benjamin Chen, MD

Leah Belazarian, MD

Patrick O’Donnell, MD

John McCullough, PhD

Medicine/Rheum

Pathology

Medicine/Derm

Pathology

Biochem and Mol Pharm

Gastrointestinal

Block Directors

*Wassef Wahid, MD

Otto Walter, MD

John McCullough, PhD

Medicine/GI

Pathology

Biochem and Mol Pharm

Reproduction 

Block Directors

*Susan Zweizig, MD

Dina Kandil, MD

John McCullough, PhD

 Ob/Gyn


Pathology

Biochem and Mol Pharm