OM 2013: Renal System II

Class Program
Credits 5

The first week of the Renal System II course will focus on the general principles of pharmacology (i.e. pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug biotransformation, and clinical trials). Also included in this first week is a basic review of autonomic pharmacology and subsequent introduction to the drugs that act on the autonomic nervous system.  The remainder of the Renal System II course is structured using a fundamental template common to all second-year system courses. The Renal System II course will contain a brief review of renal medical physiology, followed by presentations of pathologic entities of the renal system. Clinically-focused topics are discussed during the final week of the course.  Pharmacology topics as they relate to the renal system will be presented throughout the course when appropriate.  Broad topics to be emphasized include the wide spectrum of physiologic functions of the human kidney, pathologic renal entities (e.g. glomerulopathy, glomerulonephritis, tubulointerstitial disorders, infections, toxic and ischemic insults, vascular disease, and neoplasms), drugs used in the treatment of hypertension, and clinical aspects of the above-mentioned disorders.  Key aspects of clinical laboratory test ordering and data utilization in the diagnosis and monitoring of kidney and urinary tract disease are discussed. 


Successful completion of all Year 1 coursework