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Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems Block

CVPR is a 11 week course in the Spring that covers an interdisciplinary approach to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal systems, including anatomy, histology, physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, and development. Emphasis is on how the major organs work together to regulate blood pressure and fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance.

Block Directors:
William Sather, PhD
James Maloney​, MD

Carolina Jensen (303-724-2070)

Course Goals (PDF with Objectives​)
  • Describe the normal gross structure, histology, and physiology of the heart, lungs, kidney, and their vascular beds.

  • Compare and contrast the physiology of the systemic and pulmonary circulations.

  • Describe the molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms that enable the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal systems to maintain the body’s homeostasis, especially blood pressure and electrolyte balance.

  • Describe the causes (genetic, developmental, microbiologic, autoimmune, metabolic, toxic, and traumatic) of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal dysfunction.

  • Describe the gross structure, histology, and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal systems seen in common diseases and conditions.

  • Describe the epidemiology of common cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal maladies within a defined population, and the systematic approaches useful in reducing the incidence and prevalence of those maladies.

  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills.

  • Demonstrate the ability to retrieve, evaluate, manage, and utilize biomedical information.

  • Describe the importance of life-long learning to the practice of medicine.

  • Describe the use of the scientific method to determine the causation of disease and to compare and contrast the efficacy of traditional and non-traditional therapies.

  • Apply the principles of pharmacology, therapeutics, and therapeutic decision making to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal dysfunction.

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the use and limits of laboratory diagnostic methods in the diagnosis of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal disease.​