Physio Boot Camp
Physiology Boot Camp 2014
August 11 - August 15, 2014
The Physio Boot Camp, is a special opportunity for incoming M-1 students who wish to review or enrich their knowledge of basic physiological concepts. Physiology is one of the most challenging courses that you will take in your first year. Of the biological sciences, physiology is highly quantitative in its approach and has at its foundation close links with biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology and mathematical modeling. Experience shows that students' understanding of physiology can be significantly enhanced by insight into basic physical and biological principles.
The Physio Boot Camp offers a well-defined core of fundamental knowledge that we consider essential to a solid foundation for the M-1 and M-2 years and USMLE Step 1. The boot camp will emphasize those concepts that will prepare you to understand the major human systems, in particular the cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems. It will examine issues such as why one should be concerned with the origin of membrane potentials to understand how nerve impulses are generated, how muscles contract, and the origin of the electrocardiogram. While the course does not focus specifically on pathology, fundamental information will be used to solve actual clinical cases.
Dr. Willem Els, Physiology Course Director with over ten years of experience teaching medical physiology to first year medical students, will deliver morning boot camp lectures. Highly skilled teaching assistants, who are successful physiology survivors, will conduct afternoon review sessions.
Schedule and Textbook Information
The Physio Boot Camp runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily. Registered students will be able to access the class, topic, and review schedule before the start of Physio Boot Camp. You will be notified via email when this information is available.
Dr. Els is providing students with a choice between two recommended textbooks:
Essential Medical Physiology (3rd Edition) - L. Johnson, Elsevier Academic Press
Medical Physiology (2nd Edition) - W. Boron & E. Boulpaep, Saunders Press
The same textbooks are recommended for the M-1 physiology course. You may purchase these textbooks locally at T.I.S. Bookstore located at 706 S. Sixth Street, Champaign or on line from Amazon.com.
Eligibility for Physio Boot Camp
M-1 students matriculating at the College of Medicine at Urbana fall semester and any current Medical Scholars Program student.
The fee for Physio Boot Camp is $325.00. This includes lunch for three days. The cost of the textbooks are not included in this fee.
Registration is from April 21, 2014 to July 7, 2014 at 5:00pm central time. The last day for refunds is July 10, 2014 at 5:00pm central time.
You are responsible for securing housing.
Carien Williams, JD, MS
Assistant Dean, Curriculum Management
College of Medicine at Urbana
University of Illinois