MS-2: Endocrine

January 21, 2021-February 5, 2021
10 half days

Course Director
Frederick DeRubertis, MD
Department of Medicine


Course Director
Ronald Codario, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine


Course Director
Mary Korytkowski, MD 
Professor or Medicine
Department of Medicine

Course Description

The contribution of endocrine systems to hormonal regulation of growth and development, reproduction, metabolism, and homeostasis is the focus of this course. It also examines common clinical presentation and treatment of endocrine disease.

Course Goals:

  1. Describe the normal structure, function, and organization of the major endocrine systems in the body.
  2. Relate detailed knowledge of the regulation of hormonal secretion from the major glands of the body.
  3. Define the receptor and post-receptor mechanisms that allow selective expression of hormonal actions at a cellular level.
  4. Recognize the etiology, pathophysiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of the clinically important disorders of the major endocrine systems of the body.

Educational Methods

  • Lectures
  • Multidisciplinary workshops
  • Small-group problem-based learning sessions


Evaluation is based on a single, multiple-choice examination and on attendance and participation in small group exercises.

Grading: This course comprises 15% of the grade for the Organ Systems Pathophysiology Block, Section 3. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Dr. Harsha Rao is a member of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.