AP&P 2017 Syllabus


The Anatomy Coloring Book; ISBN-10: 0321832019

The Physiology Coloring Book; ISBN-10: 0321036638


       these 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


General structure

60 weekly 1½-2-hour Live online sessions, taught by Will Taylor M.D., as interactive webinar; broken into 610-week modules

Tuesdays 4:30-6pm US Pacific time (occasional skipped weeks, scheduled between modules & to account for holidays & instructor schedule)

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

beginning January 17  2017

all Live sessions will be recorded  & posted as streaming video on the course support site, for review or for self-paced participation

(although self-paced participation is provided as an option for missed sessions or for the full series, this is intended to be a live-participation course, with instructor interaction)

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology will be integrated within each session, 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, 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 presentations, using Citrix GoToWebinar, providing live video- and screencasting, and live instructor/participant interaction

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

downloadable handouts, resources

an online asynchronous discussion forum to supplement live Q&A during sessions

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

streaming video recordings of live sessions, for review & makeup of missed sessions

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

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


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”)


Module 1

wk1 - Orientation to the Online Platforms, resources, live & asynchronous interaction

wk2 - History of European Medicine, Hippocrates - 18th-century Vienna

Hippocratic/Galenic dogma


Persian developments in the Middle East & Andalusia; Avicenna, Rhazes, et.al.

The great translation projects in Bagdad & Córdoba, Persian preservation of GrecoRoman culture & reintroduction to medieval Europe

Galen's pneuma; 4 elements, Hippocratic humors

wk3 - Renaissance & Enlightenment

The rediscovery of Greco-Roman medicine in medieval Europe

Renaissance discoveries building on Hippocratic/Galenic dogma

development of iatromechanism; iatromechanism, vitalism, dynamism as guiding philosophies; “iatromechanism” & “scientific medicine”; the mind/body problem; Leibniz, Hahnemann & Dynamism; a complex systems perspective

wk4 - the heart & circulation ; Galen to Harvey, the pulmonary circulation

wk5 - The heart, myocardium, mechanics; chambers, valves

congenital heart disease, valvular disease

wk6 - the heart, conduction, ECG

Wk7 - The heart; coronary circulation, inotropy, Starling equation, autonomic regulation, arrhythmias

Wk 8 - Heart disease; Coronary artery disease, heart failure, myocarditis

wk9 - the systemic circulation; arteries, arterioles

wk8 - blood pressure regulation, antihypertensive meds

Wk9 - blood lipids, atherosclerosis, peripheral arterial disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerotic stroke

wk10 - Veins, venous capacitance, diseases of the veins

Module 2

Wk 1 - capillaries, peripheral exchange, starling's forces

Wk 2 - extracellular fluid, the lymphatic system, lymph nodes

Wk 3 - kidney - glomerulus, glomerular filtration; nephritic syndrome,  nephrotic syndrome

Wk 4 - kidney - the nephron; processing of the glomerular filtrate

Wk 5 - the distal urinary tract & urinary tract pathologies; acute cystitis, urethritis, pyelonephritis, urinary tract stones, prostatitis

Wk 6 - blood, blood cells, hemoglobin, gas transport, blood gasses

Wk 7 - the pulmonary circulation, congestive heart failure

Wk 8 - the lungs & lower respiratory system

Wk 9 - asthma, bronchiolitis

Wk 10 - pneumonia, bronchitis

Module 3

Wk 1 - the glottis, epiglottis, larynx

Wk 2 - the upper respiratory system - orientation

Wk 3 - Upper respiratory allergy

Wk 4 - rhinosinusitis, otitis media

Wk 5 - pharyngitis | rheumatic fever

Wk 6 - digestive system overview

Wk 7 - esophagus, stomach

Wk8 - duodenum, jejunum, ileum, exocrine pancreas, bile

Wk9 - ileocaecal valve, colon, rectum

Wk 10 - the bowel microbiome; “autointoxication,” probiotics, probiotics; “small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)”

Module 4

Wk1- enteric nervous system, mucosal-associated immunity

Wk2 - inflammatory bowel disease, gluten sensitivity, lactose intolerance, fodmaps

Wk3 - liver, gallbladder, bile

Wk4 - liver, gallbladder disease

Module 4

Wk 1 - bone & connective tissue

Wk 2 - bone healing, osteoporosis

Wk 3 - Cartilage; articulate cartilage, ligaments, tendons

Wk 4 - the axial skeleton, skull & jaw; & associated musculature

Wk 5 - the pelvic girdle

Wk 6 - the shoulder girdle

Wk 7 - the appendicular skeleton & associated musculature

Wk 8 - Muscle

Muscle structure, motor end plate, muscle spindle apparatus

Myofascial pain & dysfunction

Module 5

Wk1 - The nervous system, overview; Nerves, The peripheral nervous system, neurotransmitters

Wk2 - The spinal cord, spinal reflexes

Wk3 - the central nervous system

Wk4 - Stroke, traumatic & acquired brain injury

Wk5 - the Mind; Psychiatry, behavioral neurobiology

Wk6 - the endocrine system 1




diurnal rhythm


Wk7 - endocrine system 2

the Endocrine pancreas

Diabetes mellitus

Wk 8 - Psychoneuroimmunology

Wk 9 - The Reproductive system


sex hormones

the Menstrual cycle

Wk 10 - Ontogeny - development & differentiation

Module 6

Wk 1 - cellular structure & physiology

Wk 2 - skin

Wk3 - Immunity


Innate immunity

Adaptive immunity

Autoimmune disease

Wk 4 - Vaccination

Wk 5 - genetics

Wk 6 - Cancer

Wk 7 - oxidative damage & antioxidants

Wk 8 - Nutrition & health

Wk 9 - Review

Wk 10 - Review


Automatically-graded quiz on each unit, emphasizing learning objectives

Multiple-choice, short-answer, matching questions

80% passing score

Documentation of Participation

Downloadable .pdf document for each module, dependent on passing score (80%) on all 10 quizzes for that module

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