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MS in Physiology Curriculum 2014–15

Like many medical schools, the University of Cincinnati has undergone dramatic revisions and improvements in the curriculum for medical students (implemented in Fall 2011). Consequently, our MS program was also revised so that it continues to provide our students side-by-side training with medical students.

The revised medical curriculum has more strongly integrated the basic science disciplines (Physiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Cell Biology, etc) with clinical knowledge. The majority of the non-clinical learning experiences in the first two years of medical school are now presented within defined blocks that systematically explore different organ systems and integrative topic areas (e.g. the Endocrine system). Our SMP students participate in four of these blocks. MS Students participate in all lectures, all large group and small group exercises and laboratories, including Histology and Gross Anatomy, and sit for the same exams as the medical students. As in our prior curriculum, MS students do not join medical students in experiences that include patient interactions or training in clinics. However we continue to provide our students with insights into the interdisciplinary medical team, the medical interview process, and help with finding shadowing opportunities.

In addition, our MS program includes training in Medical Physiology, content that has been taught to medical students at UC for the prior decade. Much of this content has been assimilated into the new integrated curriculum and will be taught to medical students during their second year; but we now present this information to our MS students in two courses labeled as Graduate Medical Physiology (GMP). Through a mixture of on-line and numerous live classroom experiences, GMP courses teach the knowledge needed to understand body and organ function in health and disease. This coursework does not occur with current medical students, but the exams are the same as those given to medical students during the prior decade. This evaluation allows us to provide a direct and rigorous comparison of MS student performance versus the known past performance of medical students on the same Medical Physiology content. GMP courses are taught in two parts, at the beginning of the Fall semester and at the beginning of the Spring semester. The GMP I course begins in August and is completed prior to the first Fundamentals block, and includes content covering the topics of cellular physiology, muscle physiology, and cardiovascular physiology. The GMP II course starts in January, after completion of the second Fundamentals block, and includes renal, pulmonary, and acid/base physiology.

Curriculum and Schedule 2014–15

The curriculum and schedule for academic year 201415 are shown in the schematics below. Courses are taught in the first semester (beginning mid-August), and in the second semester; thus, our master's program is approximately 11 months in duration (it is only a full-time program). The table lists the credit hours for each class in the program. Students need to accumulate 30 credits to graduate; note that students in the MS program matriculate in four of the major blocks in M1 curriculum at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

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Master's (MS) in Physiology Program
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Graduate Medical Physiology I (GMP I)
Health Professions
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine (Medical Block)
Fundamentals of Cellular Medicine (Medical Block)
Surface Anatomy, Osteology & Radiology (Medical Block)
Physiology Seminar
Graduate Medical Physiology II (GMP II)
Statistics for Biomedical and Clinical Research
GI, Endocrine and Reproduction.. (Medical Block)
Molecular Physiology
Research Thesis

Grading in Medical School Courses
One of the key elements of the master's program is the ranking of performance versus the medical students also matriculated in the four major instructional Blocks in Year I at UC College of Medicine. Information relating to your performance is compared to the medical class (your scores on the components of each Block as well as your "class rank" relative to medical students). This information is obviously a very important component of your future application to medical school since it relates specifically to your potential success as a medical student. In addition, assessment in the Graduate Medical Physiology courses are based on secure examinations used during the past decade at UC College of Medicine in the Medical Physiology course. Thus, the performance of medical students on this secure question bank is well-established and provides additional ranking with prior medical students at UC College of Medicine.
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