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  • To provide a basic understanding of clinical gastrointestinal pathophysiology.

1. Reference Textbook

For more detailed information on topics presented in the syllabus, the student is referred to Sleisenger & Fordtran's gastrointestinal and liver disease : pathophysiology, diagnosis, management , 8th Edition (Volumes 1 and 2) / edited by Mark Feldman, Lawrence S. Friedman, Lawrence J. Brandt; consulting editor, Marvin H. Sleisenger. St. Louis, Mo.: MD Consult, 2006.

2. Relevant Reading from the GI Textbook - Sleisenger and Fortran, 8th edition

The textbook referenced is Sleisenger and Fordtran, 8th edition.

There is no other satisfactory, comprehensive text on GI pathophysiology. However, the chapters in this text go into detail that is beyond the scope of this course. The student should refer to the syllabus, small groups, and lectures as the primary source of material.

  1. Esophagus

    1. Section II, pg 109-119

    2. Section V, pg 855-948

  2. Stomach/Duodenal

    1. Section VI, pg 1049-1066

    2. Section VI, pg 1089-1138

  3. Diarrhea/Malabsorption

    1. Section II, 159-186

    2. Section X, 2199-2256

    3. Section X, 2277-2306

  4. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    1. Section X, 2459-2548

  5. Colon Disorders

    1. Section X, 2599-2652

    2. Section X, 2833-2856

  6. Pancreatitis

    1. Section VII, 1241-1308

  7. Gallstones

    1. Section VIII, 1387-1442

  8. Liver Function Tests

    1. Section IX, 1575-1588

  9. Viral Hepatitis

    1. Section IX, 1639-1718

  10. Cirrhosis/Liver Failure

    1. Section IX, 1899-1992

3. Small Group Sessions

The small group sessions are an integral part of the course. The clinical topics, including treatment issues, discussed in the small groups will complement the lecture material. Handouts will be provided at the small group sessions.

4. Exam

The exam questions are designed based on the national board exam format. Students are referred to the self-assessment questions at the end of each lecture. The gastrointestinal pathophysiology exams prior to 2004 should be reviewed for content only. The questions in exams prior to 2004 are not representative of the format which will be followed this year.

5. Final Thought

Have fun! We hope you enjoy learning about Gastroenterology as much as we enjoy teaching and practicing Gastroenterology.