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Metabolism & Nutrition (M&N)

Metabolism and Nutrition (M&N) is the third of 8 interdepartmental blocks in the medical school curriculum. In this block, students learn basic and clinical science of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems. UCSF Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows will help teach biochemistry and physiology topics related to these systems through 3 two-hour, small-group sessions.

The topics of the discussion sessions include: GI tract physiology, hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal physiology, biochemistry of glucose homeostasis and lipid metabolism, and the clinical applications of these topics.

* Prior to the start of the block, teaching fellows and faculty discussion leaders will participate in two preparatory sessions: a general orientation to the block and teaching in small groups, and a hands-on session in which fellows practice small group teaching techniques with actual students.

* Before each small-group session, teaching fellows and faculty will meet to discuss the content of the session and to develop teaching strategies. After each teaching session, the faculty and teaching fellows will meet to compare notes and share ideas.

* During the block, teaching fellows will attend lectures and collaborate with faculty on the design and grading of examinations.

The teaching dates for M&N have not been finalized, but will take place February through April. Specific dates of the orientation and small group meetings will be announced in the fall.

In each small-group session, students work cooperatively to solve a problem set. You may download one example problem set and the related syllabus chapters by clicking the links below. Note that the problem sets and syllabus sections for this year will be revised, but will contain similar content.

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M&N Problem Set

HPA Axis Physiology


Questions? Contact Dr. Tracy Fulton in the Dept. of Biochemistry & Biophysics.