Pharmacology is a two-semester, 8-credit course that includes
approximately 85 lectures in addition to small group discussions.
It is presented over the course of the second year to medical
and graduate students.
the practice of medicine, physicians make frequent use of drugs
in the diagnosis, prevention, and management of disease. In view
of the fact that all drugs have the potential to cause harm as
well as provide benefits, it becomes the responsibility of the
physician to use drugs with caution, weighing known risks against
through understanding the properties of drugs can this caution
be exercised effectively. This understanding includes the ways
in which they are absorbed, distributed, and eliminated, the ways
in which they are affected by the organism (man) and the ways
in which they affect the organism.
is the responsibility of pharmacologists to direct medical students
in their goal of acquiring the facts and principles necessary
for rational and effective drug therapy. As effective physicians,
they should be able to use familiar drugs safely and effectively
and assess the usefulness of newly-marketed drugs before adding
them to his therapeutic armamentarium.
The function of this course is to provide students with a vocabulary
in pharmacology and sufficient information about each class
of agents so that they will have a basis for the rational use
of drugs in their medical practices. These fundamentals
will also be useful in their clinical training. When students
will see how the basic knowledge they have learned is applicable
to the treatment of specific diseases, they will be able to ask
intelligent questions regarding therapeutic strategies. The selection
of a particular drug for a specific disease in a given individual
and the determination of regimen is not within the purview of
the pharmacologist, but rather must be delegated to the clinical
many students, this course will be their last systematic exposure
to general pharmacology. This initial experience should provide
the necessary foundation that will enable students to build and
expand their knowledge of pharmacology in specific areas during
subsequent training and clinical practice.