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Clinical Pharmacology Small Group, PHARM 5620S 

Course Director: Daniel S. Pilch

Department of Pharmacology


Course Description

This three-credit course is intended to help Master of Science students in the Preclinical Pharmacology Track of the existing MBS Program understand the skills required to integrate pharmacotherapeutic and pathophysiologic concepts through use of clinical case studies.  The course will be conducted in an interactive small group format with no more than 15 students per class.  The course will consist of seven three-hour sessions, in which clinical cases will be presented and discussed. 


Prior to each class session, students will be provided with the descriptions of the cases assigned for that session as well as specific questions relating to each assigned case that will be discussed in class.  Using reliable information sources (including two free online textbooks), students will be expected to formulate responses to the case questions in advance of each class session, and to engage in interactive discussions of the questions during the class period. 


Course Topics

Examples of case studies that will be covered include:

  • Hypertension

  • Hyperlipidemia

  • Asthma

  • Peptic Ulcer Disease

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Migraine Headache

  • Diabetes

  • Endometriosis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Urinary Tract Infection

  • Skin and Soft Tissue Infection - Cellulitis

  • Lyme Disease

  • Pancreatitis