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 Summer 2017


Anatomia Italiana del Sud: The Cultural History of Anatomy in Southern Italy 
(3 credits) May 22 - August 4, 2017
Dr. Kevin Petti
San Diego Miramar College
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This course is an international experience preceded by the completion of an online curriculum that employs a series of readings in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly books that put the travel experience into context, and are followed by the development of a teaching module after the travel. This interdisciplinary experience allows for students to connect art and anatomy in a unique manner. The result is a deeper and richer understanding of the historic and cultural underpinnings of anatomy education.

Students will participate in a 12-day visit to Southern Italy, with nine of those days in Sicily, and three days in Naples and the vicinity. The itinerary examines ancient Greco-Roman depictions of the human form in sculpture, painting, and mosaic - including the body as a vehicle for religious expression in two Capuchin Crypts. Also featured are university anatomy museums in Palermo and Naples, as well as the ruins of Pompeii, a city covered with volcanic ash 2,000 years ago. Highlights also include historic anatomy theaters and centuries old anatomical wax models, as well as the Riace Bronzes, 4th century BCE sculptures that are amazingly accurate anatomically as well as culturally important. These masterpieces will be considered with the context of how they were influenced by the dissections conducted by the artistic masters. 

The travel expenses are not included in the 3-credit tuition for this course. See website for more details.



Cardiovascular Physiology for Professors
(2 credit) June 26 - August 14, 2017
Patrick Eggena, M.D.
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This video-lecture course is designed for Professors interested in teaching Cardiovascular Physiology in a Basic Science Department of a Medical, Osteopathy, Nurse Practitioner, or Podiatry School. This summer course is also suitable for borderline Medical Students who require additional exposure to Physiology before entering their second year. Thirteen initial background lectures on basic principles are followed by four hours of patient simulations in which Dr. Eggena challenges participants to apply their knowledge of Cardiovascular Physiology in evaluating and caring for patients with Circulatory and Cardiogenic Shock, Valvular Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction, and Hypertension. Participants then take the initiative in developing a similar case study by interviewing a patient (e.g., from a Nursing Home) with cardiovascular problems. Although this involves a brief description of the symptoms, physical findings, and treatment, the focus of the case-study is on the underlying Physiology. Participants receive feedback from their peers and from Dr. Eggena on the suitability of the case for small group teaching. Medical students, in addition, are given a proctored one-hour written essay examination given by Dr. Eggena.