Predoctoral Course Catalog

DENTFN 531

Dental Curriculum Threads

Gastrointestinal & Endocrine

Course Director: Bruce Silverstein
Credits: 5
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 1

Course Overview

This course covers energy metabolism, nutrition, obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal/liver physiology, and endocrinology. Topics include the physiology and pathology of digestion and hepatic function, clinical nutrition, endocrine integration of metabolism, and clinically important endocrine pathophysiology. It also covers relevant anatomy, histology, and pharmacology of endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Describe the normal physiologic functions of the major endocrine and gastrointestinal organs.
2. Describe the hormonal feedback mechanisms of the endocrine and gastrointestinal systems that result in normal function.
3. Relate altered hormonal feedback mechanisms to disease processes in the endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.
4. Describe the pathologic processes that lead to disease in the endocrine and gastrointestinal organ systems.
5. Describe the etiology of the major diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, and the endocrine system.
6. Describe the clinical manifestations of the major diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, and the endocrine system.
7. Determine the best (e.g., most accurate, safest, or least expensive) method of diagnosing endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases.
8. Determine the best (e.g., most accurate, safest, or least expensive) method of treating specific endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases.
9. Select appropriate medications based on their mechanism of action for the treatment of the major diseases affecting the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
10. Relate knowledge of the cellular structures of the tissues and organs to their normal function in the endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.
11. Relate basic concepts of nutrition to the maintenance of health and development of disease states.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-03, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-17, C-18, C-26, C-28, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2022-03-29