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PHGY 350 - Pathophysiology

 Winter 2020
 Year 3
 6-7 hours/week
 3 units
On-Campus Course

Nicolle Domnik (course coordinator), John MacLeod, Hisham Elbatarny, and Patrick Stroman

An introductory course in Pathophysiology, in which the underlying functional changes in cells, tissues, and organ systems will be discussed within the context of various diseases and disease processes. These will be placed in context, with background information on disease etiology and epidemiology being provided. This course additionally provides the opportunity for students to develop their critical appraisal and presentation skills, through group presentations of emerging primary research within a specific pathology.

(PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0) or (KNPE 125/3.0 and KNPE 225/3.0) or PHGY 210/6.0 or PHGY 212/6.0 or PHGY 214/6.0

Lecture and student (group) presentations

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. identify the mechanisms (cellular and systemic) by which selected diseases occur in the major physiologic systems of the body
  2. recognize and identify the major signs/symptoms of selected diseases, and understand how they are produced by the diseases processes implicated
  3. differentiate between similar-but-different diseases based on their signs/symptoms and pathogenesis (basic principles of differential diagnosis)
  4. briefly describe selected diagnostic methods and key treatment approaches for the diseases studied, based on your understanding of the underlying disruptions to normal physiologic function occurring within each disease
  5. effectively use appropriate terminology to describe disease etiology, pathogenesis, treatment and outcome(s)
  6. work effectively with a diverse group of peers to plan and execute a concise research investigation
  7. present your findings on a specific disease, as obtained through investigation of primary sources, in a clear, balanced, and engaging presentation communicated at a level appropriate to your audience.

Assessments consist of midterm/final exams testing foundational ("fact-based") and integrated (problem-based) knowledge along with a group research presentation assignment (paper selection; proposal; presentation)

Lecture 3 hours per week

Some seminars and student presentations

Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (6th ed), K. VanMeter, R Hubert (eds)

Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale

Grade  Numerical Course Average (Range)

A+            90-100

A              85-89

A-             80-84

B+            77-79

B              73-76

B-             70-72

C+            67-69

C              63-66

C-             60-62

D+            57-59

D              53-56

D-             50-52

F              49 and below