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Gastrointestinal Tract System

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General Objectives:

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Describe the gross structure and functional anatomy of each GIT organ.
  2. Recognize the microscopic appearance of different parts of the GIT and the normal embryology development with their congenital abnormalities.
  3. Describe the function of each GIT structure.
  4. Explain how neuronal mechanisms and GIT hormones regulate gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and biliary functions.
  5. Describe the major types of nutrients.
  6. Explain how proteins, carbohydrate, and fats are digested and absorbed.
  7. Identify and describe the major disease processes including neoplasms and malabsorption conditions affecting different organs of GIT in terms of pathogenesis, gross and microscopic changes, manifestations, and complications.
  8. Identify various bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections affecting GIT, and describe the principale manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of each individual microorganism and parasitic agent affecting GIT.
  9. Describe the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, indications, and adverse effects of commonly used drugs in the treatment of GIT disorders (vomiting, peptic ulcer disease, constipation, and diarrhea).
  10. Describe the essential nutritional requirement, body weight and energy balance, nutritional deficiencies, and disease processes associated with diet.

 Methods of Instruction:

  1. Lectures.
  2. Pactical classes.
  3. Clinically oriented seminars. 

Evaluation and Distribution of Marks:

                     ·         First in-course exam (Practical) =20% *.

                     ·         Second in-course exam (Written) =40%*.

                     ·         Final course exam at the end of the semester (Written) = 40%*.


* Indicates integrated exam format.

Recommended Text Books and Atlases:

1.       Anatomy:

       ·         Principles of Human Anatomy. By G. J. Tortora, latest edition.

       ·         Clinical Anatomy for Medical Students. By R. S. Snell, latest edition.

       ·         Grants Atlas of Anatomy or any other Atlas of Human Anatomy.

       ·         Basic Histology. By L. Carlos Junqueira, latest edition.

       ·         Before we are born. By K. L. Morre and T. V. N. Persaud, latest edition.


2.       Physiology:

       ·         Textbook of Medical physiology. By Guyton and Hall, latest edition.

 3.       Biochemistry:

       ·         Harper's Biochemistry. By Robert K. Murray and Co. latest edition.

       ·         Supplementary Departmental Handouts.

 4.       Pharmacology:

       ·         Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews Pharmacology, latest edition.

 5.       Pathology:

       ·         Basic Pathology. By Kumar, Cotran and Robbins, latest edition.

       ·         Supplementary Departmental handouts.

 6.       Microbiology:

       ·         Medical Microbiology. An Introduction to Infectious Diseases. By Sheries, latest edition.

 7.       Public Health:

       ·         Supplementary Departmental Handouts.


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Gastrointestinal Tract System

Course Syllabus Tract System_M 311/GIT.doc
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