Curriculum Outline

‚ÄčThe following is an abbreviated curriculum outline for CTBS (and is subject to change in response to curricular changes at the SOM):

  • Cardiovascular Physiology: anatomy; cardiac muscle physiology; cardiac cycle; ventricular function; cardiac electrophysiology; regulation of cardiac output, vascular physiology.

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

  • 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. Students also will have the opportunity to learn basic clinical skills such as auscultation of heart sounds and measurement of blood pressure.

  • Study Strategies. Study strategies and test-taking strategies are discussed in scheduled sessions, and instructors teach active learning strategies designed to effectively master complex topics throughout the course. Note-taking and time management strategies also are taught and reinforced throughout the course.

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