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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

Curriculum 2019-20

The curriculum and schedule for academic year 2019-20 of the special master's program (SMP) in physiology are shown in the schematic and table below. Courses are taught in the first semester (beginning mid-August), and in the second semester (and into early June). Thus, our SMP is approximately 10 months in duration (it is a full-time program, and students may not enroll part-time). Students in the SMP are enrolled in three of the major instructional blocks in the first-year medical-school (M1) curriculum at UC College of Medicine.


SMP Schedule 2019-20
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Required Courses

The table lists the credit hours for each of the required courses in the SMP.

Critical Thinking in Translational Medicine: Physiology Capstone
Fundamentals of Cellular Medicine
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine
Graduate Medical Physiology I & II
Interprofessional Education in Health Sciences & Medicine
Neurophysiology & Behavior
Professional Development
Statistics & Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the program, students must:

  • Accumulate 32 credit hours
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (i.e. a B average)
  • Earn a passing grade in all required courses (i.e. may not graduate with a 'fail', 'incomplete', or 'no grade' in a required course)

Since the SMP is a one-year program, there is no opportunity to re-take courses as a way of improving grades.

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 enrolled in the three major instructional blocks in the first-year medical-school (M1) curriculum 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 Graduate Medical Physiology 1 is based on secure examinations used during the past decade at UC College of Medicine in the Medical Physiology course. The performance of medical students on that secure question bank are well-established and provide an additional historical comparison with medical students at UC College of Medicine.

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Program Leadership

Bryan Mackenzie, PhD Email
Academic Director

Emma C Jones, MA Email
Education Specialist

Katie Hobbing, PhD Email
Associate Director
(Admissions | Professional Development)

Roger T Worrell, PhD Email
Associate Director
(Capstone | Faculty Mentoring)