Science at the heart of medicine

5011 MSTP Cardiac Physiology

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will cover the fundamentals of cardiovascular physiology. The initial part of the course will cover the basics of muscle contraction and the differences between cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle, as well as the autonomic nervous system and hemodynamics. The second part of the course will focus on cardiac function covering electrophysiology, pump function, and neurohumoral control of cardiac contractility, output and blood pressure. The course will be required for all first year MSTP students.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Assigned textbook chapters, and articles distributed either as paper copies or pdfs

PREREQUISITES: Students should have a year of biology including organ systems biology and a year of physics covering energy and work plus the electrical concepts of voltage, current, resistance. Students should also know about second messenger systems including cAMP, cGMP, IP3 and DAG. The Block 1 graduate course Membrane Physiology and Transport is a required prerequisite for this course.

STUDENT PREPARATION: Students should be familiar with the basics of electrical excitability and action potentials. They should have knowledge of hormonal second messenger systems and the basics of muscle contraction.

SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: Yes

UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: N/A

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Small group TBL participation, surprise quizzes and an essay final exam.

CREDIT HOURS: 2.0