IMN101:  Integrated Metabolism and Nutrition

Taught in the Spring semester, this course provides a sound understanding of biochemical principles for the prevention and successful treatment of diseases. Concepts and principles of human metabolism are systematically developed, beginning with fuel utilization by the body and enzyme function. Catabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, lipids and nitrogen-containing compounds are then addressed. The course concludes with integration of metabolic processes and the principles of nutritional biochemistry. Biochemical concepts are correlated with the metabolic basis of disease processes. The course uses lectures, small group conferences, large group clinical correlations and review sessions.

OSF101: Organ Systems Function

The Organ Systems Function course applies scientific principles to the understanding of the body’s normal and abnormal function and regulatory mechanisms.  The learning objectives of this course are critical to the practice of Medicine. The study of normal homeostatic organ and systems function will provide physicians the tools to diagnose and explain, and treat disordered function in the clinical setting.  The Organ Systems Function course is significantly altered for the 2012-2013 academic year to reduce didactic lecture time, make the learning material more clinically relevant by increasing the clinical correlations, link the course to the ultrasound education initiative, provide more integrative learning sessions, utilize simulation programs and web-based clinical vignettes/clinical case presentations, especially in the areas of cardiovascular, respiratory and renal medicine. 

PRM203: Integrative Pharmacotherapeutics

This course describes and illustrates the underlying principles of drug therapy and introduces the background necessary for evaluating new developments in pharmacology and therapeutics. This general objective is achieved by a study of the components of pharmacology - pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics - as well as individual classes of drugs.  The course begins by developing those aspects of pharmacokinetics (what the body does to an exogenous compound) and pharmacodynamics (what an exogenous compound does to the body), as well as the interrelationship between the two that influences the therapeutic response to drugs. Students should be able to conceptualize and cite specific examples of those factors that limit or enhance expected pharmacological actions, as well as know the mechanisms and sites of these actions. For virtually every drug to be discussed throughout the course, reference will be made to pharmacokinetic aspects, drug metabolism, and receptor interactions, based upon the information developed during the initial portion of the course. A cumulative examination at the end of the course, in addition to short exams, quizzes, and small group problem solving conferences throughout the course, will evaluate the understanding and knowledge of all three components.

PRM 405:  Advanced Clinical Pharmacology Elective

Advanced Clinical Pharmacology is a longitudinal elective available for 4th year medical students. Its purpose is to prepare students to be knowledgeable, safe, and effective prescribers of medications once they start their residency training. The content will focus on core competencies identified in a recent AAMC Medical School Objectives project as deficient in many medical school graduates but recommended as necessary core curriculum material. The course will include assigned readings, minimal didactic lecture, extensive discussion, and case reviews. Guest speakers will be physicians from clinical departments who currently precept EVMS internal medicine and family practice residents. The student will also be required to prepare a critical, evidence-based review of a new drug, new drug indication, significant new clinical drug trial, or similar topic. Class will meet once to twice monthly for 2 hours in early evening, during the school year (10 total sessions)