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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

This section of the 2011-2012 FAU University Catalog includes revisions approved after the catalog's publish date of March 3, 2011. Revisions appear in red.

Course Descriptions

Link to Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Programs

Undergraduate Courses

Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy (BMS 4732) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course includes discussion of the molecular and cellular basis of brain diseases and provides the current status of therapeutic intervention for brain diseases.

Introduction to Radiation Biology (BSC 4833) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BSC 1010, PHY 2048, PHY 2049 and permission of instructor
An overview of the effects of ionizing radiation on humans and other biological systems. It involves consideration of cell survival after exposure to ionizing radiations, repair of radiation damage, radiosensitizers, radioprotectors, doses and risks in diagnostic radiology, cardiology and nuclear medicine, and basic safety rules.

Introduction to Preprofessional Studies (PCB 3083) 3 credits
Prerequisites: 8 credits general chemistry, 8 credits general biology, permission of instructor; Corequisite: PCB 3083L
To familiarize premedical or allied field students with the requirements, demands and rewards of a career in medicine. The course features lectures about a variety of medical disciplines.

Introduction to Preprofessional Studies Lab (PCB 3083L) 1 credit
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Corequisite: PCB 3083
Shadowing of physicians in hospital and office settings, including visits to local facilities and observations of actual medical procedures. Grading: Pass/fail option.

RNA Biology and Diseases (PCB 4521) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course provides advanced-level training in molecular biology of RNA. It covers the fundamental principles of RNA structure, function and metabolism; methodologies for studying RNA; diseases related to RNA deficiencies; and applications of RNA technologies in research and clinical development.

Reproductive Endocrinology (PCB 4803) 3 credits (Change effective spring 2012.)
Prerequisites: BCH 3033, BSC 1010 and BSC 1010L, BSC 1011 and BSC 1011L, CHM 2045 and CHM 2045L, CHM 2046 and CHM 2046L
Describes the origin, structure, properties and physiological actions of hormones related to reproductive function, as well as the clinical implications of their deficiency and excess at different stages of life. The anatomy, histology and physiology of reproductive organs and related endocrine glands are studied. This course is taught in a case-based manner. Participation in seminars presented by graduate students on topics related to the lectures is required at the end of the course.

Directed Independent Study (PCB 4905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department
Independent research.

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Special Topics (PCB 4930) 1-8 credits
Special topics of interest to biomedical students.

Graduate Courses

Fundamentals of Medicine 1 (BMS 6015) 10 credits
Prerequisite: Medical students only
The Fundamentals of Medicine series is intended to teach the knowledge, skills, attitudes and
behaviors of the competent, ethical and humane physician. This course focuses on patient interviewing, physical diagnosis, patient write-ups and the doctor-patient relationship.

(New course effective fall 2011.)

Fundamentals of Medicine 2 (BMS 6016) 13 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; BMS 6015
The Fundamentals of Medicine series is intended to teach the knowledge, skills, attitudes and
behaviors of the competent, ethical and humane physician. This course builds on the knowledge and skills from Fundamentals of Medicine 1 and includes the areas of public health and ethics.

(New course effective fall 2011.)

Fundamentals of Medicine 3 (BMS 6017) 21 credits
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the first year of the medical program; BMS 6015, BMS 6016
The Fundamentals of Medicine series is intended to teach the knowledge, skills, attitudes and
behaviors of the competent, ethical and humane physician. This course builds on the previous courses and includes the areas of laboratory medicine and radiology.

(New course effective fall 2012.)

Neuroscience and Behavior (BMS 6020) 10 credits
Prerequisite: Medical students only
Provides the basic concepts and vocabulary in the areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory systems, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neuropathology, neurology and psychiatry. Uses an integrated approach combining lectures, problem-based learning (PBL) and anatomy laboratory instruction. The PBL sessions in small groups provide the fundamental knowledge of common neurological and psychiatric disorders, complemented by lectures for specific diseases. The presentation of the neuroanatomy component emphasizes correlations with clinical cases and leads to the localization of brain lesions. The instruction in gross anatomy of the head and neck are integrated with clinical correlates.
(New course effective fall 2011.)

Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 1 (BMS 6031) 8 credits

Prerequisite: Medical students only
First in the series of three fundamentals of basic science courses, this course provides
an introduction to molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, development and
histology, anatomy and pharmacology. The course is taught in eight weeks and consists of lectures, problem-based learning sessions, small group discussions and laboratory activities.

(New course effective fall 2011.)

Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 2 (BMS 6032) 6 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only, BMS 6031
The Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in critical biomedical science subject areas, including biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, histology, physiology, anatomy and embryology. While the first course focuses on biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and an introduction to the anatomical sciences, this course builds on and extends this basis into the areas of microbiology, immunology, inflammation and pharmacology while continuing anatomy.

(New course effective fall 2011.)

Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 3 (BMS 6033) 6 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; BMS 6031, BMS 6032
The Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in critical biomedical science subject areas, including biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, histology, physiology, anatomy and embryology. This course continues those themes and focuses on viral microbiology, immunology, inflammation, neoplasia and tissue repair, as well as histology, embryology and anatomy.
(New course effective fall 2011.)

Integrated Morphology 1 (BMS 6102C) 4 credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course involves the developmental, microscopic and gross anatomical features of the organs located in the thorax and abdomen of the human. A laboratory includes a cadaveric dissection experience and examination of tissue samples using virtual microscopy.

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Integrated Morphology 2 (BMS 6104C) 4 credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course involves the gross anatomical features of the structures of the back, limbs, head and neck of the human. A laboratory includes a cadaveric dissection experience.


Clinical Microbiology (BMS 6303) 3 credits

Prerequisite: MCB 3020
Students learn the relevant facts and principles underlying bacteria, parasites, pathogenicity and host resistance. Armed with this fundamental information, students will then be capable of understanding and utilizing contemporary modes of treatment and prevention.
(New course effective spring 2012.)

Infection and Inflammation (BMS 6305) 6 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first year of the medical program
Uses an integrated approach to present principles of pathology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and basic treatment rationale pertaining to disorders of inflammation, autoimmunity and infectious disease. Core principles of dermatological and ophthalmologic disorders are integrated, predominantly focusing on infection and inflammation, although other pathology is included to allow students to begin developing a robust differential diagnosis for specific chief complaints in this area. The course also builds on infectious disease principles and other core concepts taught during the preceding organ system modules, including the cardiovascular, GI, pulmonary and renal modules.
(New course effective fall 2012.)


Autonomic Function and Diseases (BMS 6523) 3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course covers both the physiological and clinical study of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) emphasizing the neural circuitry aspects of systemic regulation. Topics are introduced in lectures and followed up by recent journal articles.

Fundamentals of General Pathology (BMS 6601) 2 3 credits (Change effective summer 2012.)
Covers the basic pathophysiology of mechanisms of disease in medicine and incorporates gross pathologic, microscopic and radiologic material to assist in understanding fundamental disease.

Hematology and Oncology (BMS 6631) 4 credits

(This course title will be changing to Synthesis and Transition.)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first year of the medical program
The oncology section reinforces basic concepts in oncogenesis, epidemiology, the behavioral and natural history of common cancers, pathology and cancer biology. New concepts include the role of the immune system in cancer biology, clinical syndromes associated with cancer (paraneoplastic syndromes) and principles of treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal, immunotherapy and targeted therapies). The hematology section reviews the normal structure and function of erythrocytes, leukocytes, platelets and bone marrow. Also discussed are the etiology, pathogenesis and pathophysiology of the primary hematologic disorders, including anemias, abnormalities of hemostasis (bleeding and clotting), myeloproliferative disorders, leukemias, plasma cell disorders and lymphoproliferative disorders. Principles of blood transfusion, including the use of blood components as well as bone marrow transplantation, are also discussed.
(New course effective fall 2012.)

Endocrinology and Reproduction (BMS 6632) 5 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first year of the medical program
In the reproductive systems section of this course, students will build on the basic concepts and vocabulary of male and female biology to cover pathology, gynecological diseases and infertility. In the endocrine section, the anatomy, physiology, histology and development of the endocrine organs are reviewed to complement the problem-based learning cases and the lecture presentations of assessment and complications of endocrine disorders.
(New course effective fall 2012.)

The Cardiovascular System (BMS 6633) 8 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first year of the medical program
Introduces the cardiovascular diseases in terms of their basic pathophysiologic mechanisms, discusses chest pain and other clinical features in the context of specific diseases, incorporates pertinent laboratory tests and ancillary studies into clinical problem solving and provides a solid background and understanding of the pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic interventions used to treat cardiovascular disorders. Main sections include: lipids/atherosclerosis/chest pain/angina and myocardial infarction, hypertension, congestive heart failure and rhythm disturbances, as well as congenital heart disease, aneurysms, inflammatory disorders and cardiomyopathies.
(New course effective fall 2012.)

Gastrointestinal, Hepatology and Nutrition (BMS 6634) 7 credits
Prerequisite: Medical students only
Teaches the fundamentals of gastroenterology using an integrated approach to present the basic science underpinning of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional disorders. A combination of lectures, case-based presentations and problem-based learning (PBL) is used. The PBL sessions in the small-group setting use a set of GI disease models to focus students on the basic sciences, pathophysiology and diagnosis, and a first approach to management. Lectures are thematically related to the disease model and used to complement the PBL with additional key concepts.
(New course effective fall 2011.)

Renal System (BMS 6638) 5 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first year of the medical program
Teaches second-year medical students the structure, function and pathophysiology of the kidneys and genitourinary tract. This knowledge should provide a solid foundation to approach the disorders of fluid, acid-base and electrolyte balance as well as the diseases of the kidneys and collecting system that students will encounter during their clinical years.
(New course effective fall 2012.)

Respiratory System (BMS 6642) 5 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first year of the medical program
Introduces students to the various upper respiratory and pulmonary disorders. Goals include: introduce the disorders in terms of their basic pathophysiologic mechanisms, discuss shortness of breath and other clinical features in the context of specific diseases, incorporate pertinent laboratory tests and ancillary studies into clinical problem solving, and provide a solid background and understanding of the pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic interventions used to treat upper respiratory and pulmonary disorders. Main sections include: upper respiratory, allergy/asthma, restrictive and obstructive, neoplastic, and respiratory infections, as well as smoking cessation and radiology.
(New course effective fall 2012.)

Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy (BMS 6736) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Discussion of the molecular and cellular basis of brain diseases and of the current status of therapeutic intervention for those diseases.

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Introduction to Radiation Biology (BSC 6834) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BSC 1010, 1010L, PHY 2048, 2048L, 2049, 2049L and permission of instructor
An overview of the effects of ionizing radiations on human and other biological systems. The course involves consideration of cell survival after exposure to ionizing radiations, repair of radiation damage, radiosensitizers and radioprotectors, doses and risks in diagnostic radiology, cardiology, nuclear medicine, and basic safety rules. A student seminar is required at the end of the course.

Molecular Genetics of the Cell (GMS 6220) 3 credits

Prerequisite: BCH 3033 or PCB 3063 or equivalent
Provides a basic background in cell and molecular biology. Emphasis on human physiology and disease.

Macromolecules and Human Disease (GMS 6301) 3 credits
Prerequisite: BCH 3033 or PCB 4023 or equivalent
Explores structure and function of biological macromolecules with emphasis on DNA, RNA and proteins.


Molecular Basis of Disease and Therapy (GMS 6302) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BCH 4035 and (PCB 4023 or PCB 4522)
Explores the molecular basis of selected viral pathogens, genetic diseases and cancer through lectures and presentations by faculty in the College of Science and College of Medicine, Scripps Florida and private industry representatives. Discusses novel technologies aimed at developing therapeutics together with the activity of modern biotechnology in drug development.


Molecular Neuropsychopharmacology (GMS 6735) 3 credits

Prerequisite: PSB 6037 or PSB 6345 or equivalent
Provides the fundamentals of molecular neuropharmacology as they relate to neurotransmitter signaling in the brain.

Host Defense and Inflammation (MCB 6208) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PCB 4233 or equivalent with a minimum grade of "B-"
Course covers the immunology emphasizing mechanisms of host defense and inflammation in chronic inflammatory diseases. Mechanisms emphasized are roles of macrophages that are heterogeneous and diverse populations regulating host defense and inflammation. Mycobacterial infections and allergic asthma are presented as disease models of chronic inflammatory diseases.

Advanced Cell Physiology (PCB 6207) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course describes in-depth membrane physiology, intracellular signaling pathways and cellular function, with an emphasis on neurons and human muscle cells (skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle cells).

Molecular Basis of Human Cancer (PCB 6235) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and PCB 4023 or BCH 3033 or PCB 6207 with minimum grade of "B-"
Course covers current concepts and knowledge of cancer, exploring the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cancer progression with an aim to understand the processes of tumorigenesis.

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Problem-Based Immunology (PCB 6238) 3 credits

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and PCB 4233 or equivalent with a minimum grade of "B-"
Course provides an up-to-date understanding of the basic science of immunology and how that science applies to the realities of patient care. The fundamental mechanisms of immunity are illustrated by cases of genetic defects in the immune system, immune complex diseases, immune mediated hypersensitivity reactions and autoimmune and alloimmune diseases.

Tumor Immunology (PCB 6239) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and PCB 4233 or equivalent with a minimum grade of "B-"
Explores the role of the immune system in cancer and the implications for the host. The effect of the tumor-host interactions on the developing neoplasm are studied by considering related topics such as angiogenesis, MMPs, chemokines and metastasis. Additionally, the course explores the role of the immune system in defense against the tumors and the mechanism by which cancer cells escape the surveillance system.

RNA Biology and Diseases (PCB 6525) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course provides advanced-level training in molecular biology of RNA. Topics covered include principles of RNA structure, function and metabolism; methodologies for studying RNA; diseases related to RNA deficiencies; and applications of RNA technologies in research and clinical development.

Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular
System and Cardiac Disease (PCB 6705) 3 credits

Prerequisites: BCH 3034, PCB 4023, or permission of instructor
Examination of the molecular biology of cellular function focused on tissue adaptation in cardiovascular disease. Investigation of survival responses to cellular stress in atherosclerosis, cardiac hypertrophy, myocardial ischemia and hypertension.

Reproductive Endocrinology (PCB 6804) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Course describes the origin, structure, properties and physiological actions of hormones related to reproductive function, as well as the clinical implications of their deficiency and excess at different stages of life. Anatomy, histology and physiology of reproductive organs and related endocrine glands are studied. This course is taught in a case-based manner. Students are required to prepare and present a topic related to the lectures at the end of the course.

Adult Neurogenesis (PCB 6848) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and PSB 6037 or PSB 6345 or equivalent
The background of stem cells and neuroscience is covered followed by several aspects of neurogenesis, including where neurogenesis happens in the brain, how it happens, why it happens and, more importantly, how it might help the brain heal itself.

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Physiology of the Heart (PCB 6885) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BCH 3034, PCB 4023, or permission of instructor
Course emphasizes the relationship between the biochemical properties of the individual constituents of the heart cell (myocardium), the biophysics of cardiac muscle function and the performance of the intact heart. The course format will involve lectures, journal club presentations, round table discussions, invited speakers as well as special projects.

Directed Independent Study (PCB 6905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department
Independent research.

Special Topics (PCB 6933) 1-8 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Topics of interest to students in Biomedical Science, such as clinical microbiology and protein misfolding and disease.

Graduate Seminars (PCB 6934) 1-2 credits
Graduate students will give one to two presentations on research papers or specific topics (1-2 credits). Grading: S/U

Masterís Thesis (PCB 6971) 1-12 credits
Grading: S/U

Thesis-Related Research (PCB 6974) 2-3 credits
Prerequisite: Biomedical Science masterís thesis students only
This course is a vehicle allowing students to conduct research for their masterís thesis prior to writing and defending their proposal.

Developmental Neurobiology (PSB 6515) 3 credits
Prerequisites: PSY 1012 and PSB 3002
In-depth coverage of the principles and recent advances in the development of the brain and nervous system, including nerve cell migration, axon outgrowth, specificity, plasticity, neurotrophism, nerve cell death and the influence of experience on the nervous system.

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Link to Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Programs