Northumbria University Medicine
The aim of this module is to provide each student with a clear understanding of important concepts and principles of medical physiology. The course has two principal components – lectures and small group sessions where clinical cases and laboratory investigations are discussed and interpreted. The lectures provide the information base, while the laboratories and case studies provide the student with an opportunity to assimilate and integrate the material within a small group setting. The course is divided into two equal sections. The first half covers cellular physiology, muscle and renal physiology, cardiovascular and autonomic physiology while the second half covers gastrointestinal, respiratory, acid-base, endocrine and reproductive physiology along with introductory Pharmacology. Six clinical case studies pertaining to cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, and acid-base regulation are included in the course. For this portion of the program, classes are broken up into small discussion groups of 6 to 10 and are facilitated by a medically qualified clinical tutor. There will be 2 MCQ exams to assess the students. In addition, attendance at small group sessions and performance on the subsequent online quizzes contributes a small percentage to the final mark.