Peer Education Group

Welcome to the Peer Education Group! Our goal is to help students at the UVM College of Medicine become the best graduates in the world by supplementing the VIC with student-created resources. These study guides, notes, tables, figures, and practice exams are meant to augment the educational experience provided by the excellent faculty here at the College of Medicine – the resources are not meant to replace any of the lectures.

FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICINE

This course addresses the fundamental concepts, principles and methods of biochemistry, cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, cell biology and physiology, including cell signaling, cell-cell and cell-environment communication, cell proliferation and cell death. Several student group sessions relate basic sciences to clinical disease. The course concludes by introducing the basic concepts of neoplasia and cancer biology.

  • Study Guides & Notes
  • Tables & Figures
  • Practice Exams

HUMAN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

Students in this course study the composition of the human body and how it performs in the healthy state in an integrated study of microscopic and gross anatomy, physiology, basic imaging principles, embryology and clinical skills. Although the emphasis is on normal healthy structure and function, representative examples of pathology and clinical applications sharpen the contrast between normal and abnormal. The course includes traditional pedagogical methods with innovative and unique computer based lessons and small group learning.

  • Study Guides & Notes
  • Tables & Figures
  • Practice Exams

ATTACKS AND DEFENSES

Attacks and Defenses is the bridge course between Fundamentals and Systems Integration courses. It is designed to integrate studies in the principles of hematology, immunology, microbiology, toxicology, pathology, pharmacology, and neoplasia. Its goal is to ensure that students understand the vocabulary, principles, and pathophysiology of disciplines that are not necessarily organ based. Students will be introduced to advanced history taking skills and clinical problem solving skills. Instructional methods include lectures, weekly laboratories and small group exercises, and standardized patient exercises.

  • Study Guides & Notes
  • Tables & Figures
  • Practice Exams

NUTRITION, METABOLISM, AND GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM

This course organizes studies in nutrition, gastrointestinal systems, organ system metabolism and endocrine system through lessons that integrate cell metabolism, normal and pathologic anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology and the physical examination and related interviewing, diagnostic testing and imaging. Learning is facilitated through faculty lectures, computer based tutorials, assigned readings, small group case discussions and workshops for problem solving and skills development. Clinical correlations reinforce the lessons of the community preceptorships.

  • Study Guides & Notes
  • Tables & Figures
  • Practice Exams

NEURAL SCIENCE

This course is designed to organize study of the nervous and behavioral system through lessons that integrate cellular and systems neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neuro-pharmacology, neurophysiology and pathophysiology, psychopathology, and the neurologic and mental status examinations and related interviewing, diagnostic testing and imaging. Several instructional methods support learning in this course, including lecture, online independent study modules, readings from a variety of sources, laboratory sessions, physical examination and interviewing skills sessions, and case discussions prepared by students. Case discussions contain significant unique content and focus on symptoms, differential diagnosis, pathologic anatomy and pathophysiology, genetics, ethics, pharmacology and clinical imaging.

CONNECTIONS

Connections organizes the study of skin, connective tissue, and the musculoskeletal system through lessons that integrate cell metabolism, endocrinology, normal and pathologic anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology and the physical examination and related interviewing, diagnostic testing and imaging. It is a novel course that will introduce students to the study of the orthopedics, rheumatology and dermatology during the basic sciences.

  • Study Guides & Notes
  • Tables & Figures
  • Practice Exams

CARDIOVASCULAR, RESPIRATORY, AND RENAL SYSTEMS

This course organizes studies in the cardiovascular,lymphatic, respiratory, renal, and urinary systems through lessons that integrate cell metabolism, endocrinology, normal and pathologic anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology and the physical examination and related interviewing, diagnostic testing and imaging.

  • Study Guides & Notes
  • Tables & Figures
  • Practice Exams

GENERATIONS

Generations organizes studies in reproduction and development including embryology, aging and death through lessons that integrate cell metabolism, endocrinology, normal and pathologic anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology, the physical examination and related interviewing, diagnostic testing and imaging. This course examines variations in presentation of illness, metabolism and etiology across cultures and ages. The course is organized into five Epochs that investigate relevant topic across the life cycle. In addition, four themes run longitudinally through the course, including those related to families and family dynamics, death and dying, disability, and sexuality and sexual health.

  • Study Guides & Notes
  • Tables & Figures
  • Practice Exams

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