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Core Topics in Biomedical Sciences (SOMI 220)

Abbreviated Curriculum Outline (subject to change):

Cardiovascular Physiology: anatomy; cardiac muscle physiology and mechanics; cardiac cycle;  ventricular function; cardiac electrophysiology; regulation of cardiac output.

Physiology of the Autonomic Nervous System: anatomy; neurotransmitters and receptors; autonomic control of cardiovascular function; mechanism of action and physiologic effects of major autonomic drugs.

Immunology: cells and organs of the immune system; innate immunity and inflammation; antigen presentation to lymphocytes; molecular basis of immunologic diversity; B-cell and T-cell activation and clonal expansion; antibody- and cell-mediated immune responses.

Molecular Biology: DNA structure and synthesis; mutations and DNA repair; molecular genetics techniques; RNA synthesis and processing; protein synthesis and localization; regulation of gene expression.

Anatomy and Histology: weekly laboratory investigations of the gross and microscopic structure of the cardiovascular and immune systems. In the laboratory sessions, students also will have the opportunity to learn basic clinical skills such as auscultation of heart sounds.

Study skills, time management and test-taking strategies will be discussed in scheduled sessions, and instructors will use each subject to teach active learning strategies designed to effectively master complex topics. Note-taking and time management strategies will also be taught and reinforced throughout the course.

Examinations containing multiple choice questions in formats used at the UCSD SOM are given in each subject. Instructors will discuss test-taking strategies in the different subjects, and informal exam reviews will emphasize the best methods for predicting and answering exam questions in different question formats.

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