Medical Physiology

Course Description

The faculty and staff of the Physiology Department welcome you to Medical Physiology 100. We hope that your efforts to learn physiology will equal our efforts to teach you this important subject. Our overall aim is to help you acquire a thorough knowledge and appreciation of the function and control of normal organs that will serve as a basis for your understanding of clinical medicine. E.H. Starling, the famous physiologist of the early 20th century, said "The physiology of today is the medicine of tomorrow." The faculty of the Physiology Department will make a serious effort to demonstrate the veracity of this statement.

Objectives

 

The primary objective of the Medical Physiology Course is to ensure that students understand how the body works. After completing this course students should be able to:

1. Define homeostasis and explain how homeostatic mechanisms normally maintain a constant interior milieu.

2. State the functions of each organ system of the body, explain the mechanisms by which each functions, and relate the functions and the anatomy and histology of each organ system.

3. Understand and demonstrate the interrelations of the organ systems to each other.

4. Predict and explain the integrated responses of the organ systems of the body to physiological and pathological stresses.

5. Explain the pathophysiology of common diseases related to the organ systems of the body.

 

Attendance

Attendance is required for all of the course activities, including: lectures, laboratory exercises, conferences, demonstrations, and examinations. Attendance may be taken during all course activities.

Course Instructors

Instructor Building Office Telephone Email address
Michael G. Levitzky, PhD (Director) MEB 7205 568-6184 mlevit@lsuhsc.edu
Jimmy Cairo, PhD N/AH 6B16 568-4246 jcairo@lsuhsc.edu
Jason Gardner, PhD (Co-Director) MEB 7265 568-7252 jgardn@lsuhsc.edu
Lisa M. Harrison-Bernard, Ph.D. MEB 7213 568-6175 lharris@lsuhsc.edu
Kathleen McDonough, PhD MEB 7262 568-6197 kmcdon@lsuhsc.edu
Patricia Molina, MD, PhD (Department Chair) MEB 7205A 568-6187 pmolin@lsuhsc.edu
Barry Potter, PhD MEB 7216 568-3385 bpotte@lsuhsc.edu
Betsy Giaimo MEB 7202 568-6178 mgiaim@lsuhsc.edu
Graduate Assistant MEB 7F3 568-6179  
Physiology Main Office MEB 7C2 568-6171