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18th-century Japanese woodcut print entitled "Diet for Health" illustrating the functions of the digestive system. (From the National Library of Medicine.)
Highlights of this Course

Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology explores the pathophysiology of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders from gastroesophageal reflux disease to cirrhosis. The course emphasizes fundamental topics in gastrointestinal pathophysiology, with a focus on correlation to clinical issues including treatment options for various common gastrointestinal disorders, each of which are covered in detail.  Topics are presented in the syllabus, in didactic lectures, and in small group sessions.  The materials presented in this course are a foundation for further learning in Gastroenterology.

Course Description

This course reviews the pathophysiology of common gastrointestinal conditions and assumes a general understanding of gastrointestinal physiology.  The course follows an organ based structure to include disorders of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, small intestines, pancreas, biliary system, and liver.  The material is presented in the syllabus, lecture slides, and small group sessions. Self-assessment questions are provided at the end of each lecture and examinations are provided for review and self-testing.

Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.
Course Faculty
Laurence Scott Bailen
Tamsin Knox
Paul Abourjaily
Fredric D. Gordon
Marshall Kaplan
Andrew G. Plaut
Course Length
20 Hours
2nd year