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Prologue is the first of 8 interdepartmental blocks in the medical school curriculum. In this block, students learn basics of anatomy, cell biology, behavioral sciences, pharmacology and pathology. UCSF Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows teach the biochemistry and pharmacology topics through 3 two-hour, small-group sessions.

The topics of the discussion sessions include: protein structure and function, membrane transport proteins, drug-receptor interactions, G-protein signaling pathways, genetics, basic principles of pharmacokinetics, and the autonomic nervous system.

* 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 come up to review the content of the session and to develop teaching strategies. After each teaching session, the faculty and teaching fellows will meet over lunch 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.

Prologue teaching dates will occur between September and October. The dates of the orientation and teaching development sessions will be announced soon.

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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Prologue Problem Set

Introduction to Pharmacology

Diffusion and Transport Across Membranes


Questions? Contact Dr. Marieke Kruidering-Hall in the Dept. of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology.