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Introduction to Clinical Medicine


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

(1) To introduce students to the physiology and medicine underlying major human diseases likely to become research targets in biomedical engineering and medical device development and to encourage students to upgrade research target selection to projects that promise to improve patient care, with a major emphasis on pathophysiology and disease mechanisms.
(2) To preview the intellectual content of medical school, including rigor and level of detail, for students considering medicine or medical research as a career, emphasizing the key "11-points" necessary for practical understanding of any disease: definition of the condition, causes, functional abnormalities, structural abnormalities, early signs, history and physical findings, differential diagnosis, special studies (lab, imaging, etc.), treatment strategy, specific steps of treatment, and follow up, as well as current clinical needs for innovation and research opportunities for the future.


The information and intellectual approach offered will help students recognize needs for engineering solutions to current challenges in medicine.
F2021 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

topics and body systems not covered in BME 256, including infectious diseases, cardiopulmonary diseases, hematology-oncology, and gastrointestinal diseases.


Junior, senior, or graduate standing, BME 256 or equivalent course in systems physiology

Applied / Theory:


All take home exams


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Boron WF and Boulpaep EL, Medical Physiology, Elsevier Sanders, 2012 edition available online through Purdue Libraries.

Computer Requirements:

Other Requirements:

Keep up with lecture content every week; do not fall behind. Do reading and Web based study of lecture topics as suggested online and in the syllabus.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: