University of Pittsburgh


Organ System Pathophysiology

Body Fluid Homeostasis Pulmonary Course

October 15, 2018-November 2, 2018
15 half days

Course Director
Jared Chiarchiaro, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine

Course Director
Burton Lee, MD
Visiting Professor
Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine


Course Description

The Pulmonary course is third in a sequence of three courses (CV, Renal, Pulmonary) that focuses on Body Fluid Homeostasis.

The goals of the course are:

  1. to learn the normal structure of the pulmonary system.
  2. to understand normal pulmonary physiology, including respiratory mechanics, ventilation, perfusion, ventilation-perfusion relationships, diffusion, the control of breathing, and the transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
  3. to understand how structural and functional changes secondary to disease alter normal pulmonary physiology.
  4. to learn the diagnostic tests used to evaluate patients with pulmonary diseases.
  5. to learn the common diseases of the pulmonary system.
  6. to understand the pharmacology of drugs used to treat pulmonary diseases.
  7. to learn the basic histologic features of the normal lung and those of common pulmonary diseases.

The 42 faculty are from 6 departments: Anesthesiology; Cell Biology and Physiology; Medicine (Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine); Pathology; Pediatrics; and Pharmacology.

Educational Methods


Lectures Small-group case-based workshops Demonstrations    



Evaluation for this course is based on a single multiple-choice examination (80%) and on attendance, and participation in PBL sessions and workshops (20%).

Grading: This course comprises 28% of the grade for the Organ Systems Pathophysiology Block, Section 2. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Jonathan Finder, MD is a recipient of the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation. Daniel Weiner, MD received the Outstanding Mini-Elective Award. Peter Veldkamp, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award and Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award. In addition, Drs. Veldkamp and Finder are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.