University of Pittsburgh

 

Organ System Pathophysiology

Reproductive and Developmental Biology
MS-2

February 5, 2018-February 23, 2018
18 half days

Course Director
Nicole Donnellan, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
donnellann2@upmc.edu

Course Director
Kristiina E. L. Parviainen, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
kparviainen@mail.magee.edu

Course Director
Robert W. Powers, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
rpowers@mwri.magee.edu


Course Description

This course examines reproduction and development in a chronological fashion from fertilization through aging.

The goals of the course are:

  1. to understand the basic principles underlying the normal processes of reproduction and development.
  2. to understand the developmental sequence of gametogenesis, embryogenesis, pregnancy adaptation, and fetal development, through parturition, normal and abnormal childhood development, puberty and senescence of the reproductive system.
  3. to understand the roles of reproductive hormones in regulating physiologic processes throughout the continuum of development.
  4. to learn common problems and diseases of the reproductive system in females and males, their impact on patients’ lives and issues surrounding controversial treatment modalities.

The 47 faculty are from 7 departments: Cell Biology and Physiology; Medicine; Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Pathology; Pediatrics; Pharmacology; and Psychiatry.

Educational Methods

 

Lectures Clinical  pathologic correlation conferences Workshops Small-group discussion
Problem-based learning Self-study Histology-guided self-study Review session

 

Evaluation

Evaluation in this course is based on one multiple-choice examination (80%) and on attendance, and participation in CPC (Clinical Pathologic Correlation) sessions and workshops (20%).

Grading: This course comprises 23% of the grade for the Organ System Pathophysiology Block, Section 3. The block section is graded Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Georgia Duker, PhD; Daniel Edelstone, MD; and Cynthia Lance-Jones, PhD, are recipients of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award. In addition, Drs. Duker,  Edelstone,  Lance-Jones, and  Kathleen McIntyre-Seltman, MD, are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.