AP&P 2017 Syllabus


The Anatomy Coloring Book (Kapit, Elson); ISBN-10: 0321832019- Required for weekly assignments

The Physiology Coloring Book (Kapit, Macey, Meisami); ISBN-10: 0321036638 - Required for weekly assignments

        Optional - Stephen Gascoigne, The Clinical Medicine Guide; ISBN 0-9522189-3-3

       the Coloring Books are both far more sophisticated than implied by their titles, and are in widespread use as supplements to more conventional and expensive texts in conventional medical training; I’ve selected these as they provide a visual-kinesthetic experience to assist the student in learning terminology and in cementing facts & concepts

a (free) online account at The Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org

               other (free) online resources will be recommended in the course of study

Optional, recommended resources for specific topics:

Anatomy of Movement (Blandine Calais-Germain); ISBN-13: 978-0939616572; for Module 4

Anatomy of Breathing (Blandine Calais-Germain); ISBN-13: 978-0939616558; for Module 2

The Human Brain Coloring Book (Diamond, Scheibel, Elson); ISBN 978-0-06-460306-5; for Module 6

Cellular and Molecular Immunology (Abbas, Litchtman, Pillai); ISBN-10: 0323222757; for Module 6

       other resources will be recommended for optional deeper study into particular topics as we encounter these


General structure

60 1½-2-hour sessions recorded as streaming video, accessed online via our course support site, taught by Will Taylor M.D., originally as interactive webinar & recorded for self-paced participation & review; broken into 6 10-week modules

supplemented with materials from other online resources (Khan Academy &c.)

Once-monthly Live Videoconference-based Online sessions for Discussion (est. 60 minutes monthly), beginning in January 201

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology will be closely integrated, rather than taught as discrete & unrelated topics

Throughout, I will present the living organism as a complex adaptive system, investigating what we might glean from the simple local interactions / reductionist model that characterizes contemporary medical  science (iatromechanism), while also investigating the pitfalls of this philosophy and the insights that a complex systems perspective might offer

As it is essential to appreciate how we have come to believe what we do about the operations of the living organism, in order to have confidence in & generate meaningful questions about those beliefs, I’ll take an historical perspective throughout; not so much a survey of names & specific contributions, as a broad view of the development of our understanding, appreciation, & the pregnant questions posed to current medical science.

We’ll employ Two Online Platforms

a Webinar service for Live discussion using Citrix GoToWebinar & GoToMeeting, providing live video- and screencasting, and live instructor/participant interaction

this (the courses.homstudies.com) course support site, an asynchronous eLearning platform, hosting:

steaming video recordings (typically 90-120 minutes each) of each session, 10 per module; for a total of 120 hours of recorded instruction for the course overall (20 hours / module).

downloadable handouts, resources

an online asynchronous discussion forum to supplement our live Q&A between the Live sessions

online participant journals, for “virtual office-hours” interaction with the instructor

online electronically-graded quizzes - for self-review & assessment; focussing on the learning objectives for each session; repeatable as often as desired

downloadable participation documents, contingent on participation & passing (80%) quiz scores on each segment of the course


Once Monthly Live Sessions

question submission via text feature in webinar interface, for live instructor response

live audio & video participation, optionally (encouraged) via participants’ computer microphone & webcam - will review operation in session 1

Between Live Sessions

course support page discussion forum

course support page participant journal (asynchronous “office hours”)



wk 1 - Introduction & Orientation to the course & course deliver platforms

wk 2 - History of European Medicine | Hippocratic/Galenic Medicine

wk 3 - Motion of the Heart

wk 4 - Electrical Activity of the Heart | Electrocardiography

wk 5 - Coronary Arteries, Angina, Myocardial Infarction

wk 6 - The regulation of Blood Pressure

wk 7 - Atherosclerosis

wk 8 - Veins

wk 9 - Capillaries, Interstitial Fluid, Lymphatics; Peripheral Exchange

wk 10 - Red Blood Cells, Hemoglobin, as exchange

Module 2

wk 1 - CO2 transport, Acid/Base Balance

wk 2 - Urinary Tract, kidneys, Renal physiology part 1

wk 3 - Renal physiology part 2 - the renal glomerulus & proximal tubule

wk 4 - Renal physiology part 3 - the Loop of Henle, distal tubule, collecting duct

wk 5 - the Lower Urinary Tract & Prostate

wk 6 - the Respiratory Tract - Lungs & ventilation (respiration)

wk 7 - the Respiratory Tract , part 2 - Asthma

wk 8 - Lower Respiratory Pathology - Bronchitis, Pneumonia, COPD, tuberculosis

wk 9 - The Upper Respiratory Tract

wk 10 - Upper Respiratory Pathology

Module 3

wk 1 - Heart Failure

wk 2 - Cardiopulmonary Regulation

wk 3 - the Digestive Tract - overview

wk 4 - the Digestive Tract, part 2

wk 5 - the Digestive Tract, part 3

wk 6 - Gastrointestinal Pathology

wk 7 - Appendicitis & the Acute Abdomen

wk 8 - the Liver

wk 9 - Hepatic (liver) Disease

wk 10 - Cancer, part 1

Module 4 

wk 1 - Cancer, part 2

wk 2 - Connective Tissue

wk 3 - Bone | Osteoporosis

wk 4 - the Axial Skeleton

wk 5 - Musculature of the Axial Skeeton | the Pelvic Girdle

wk 6 - the Lower Extremity | the Shoulder Girdle

wk 7 - the Upper Extremity

wk 8 - Physiology of Muscle, part 1

wk 9 - Osteoarthritis | Physiology of Muscle, part 2

wk 10 - Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction

Modules 5 & 6 are currently in development, & will be presented Live for the current 2017 enrollee cohort between January - May 2018; these will be posted for self-paced participation for the 2018 enrollee cohort once they air live; specific session content is currently being considered, but will address the topics below):

Modules 5, 6

the Endocrine System

Cellular microanatomy & physiology

Reproduction & Development

Genetics & Heredity

the Nervous System

Peripheral nerves | peripheral neurologic disease

the organs of special sense

the Spinal Cord

the autonomic nervous system

interpersonal neurobiology

the Brain | historical & contemporary neurobiology



Behavior, Psychiatry; historical & contemporary perspectives


Innate Immunity, Inflammation

Acquired Immunity, Immune Surveillance

Immunization ("vaccination")

Autoimmune Disease


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