The Department of Physiology offers courses that provide a comprehensive understanding of the functions of human organs and organ systems, as well as a sound basis for comprehending the adaptations and functional transitions that occur in disease. Mastery of physiologic concepts and problem/case-based learning are emphasized to provide a foundation that is conducive to the development of diagnostic skills. In addition to conventional didactic instruction, small group clinical case discussion sessions, problem-based workshops, ultrasound workshops and simulations are used to promote critical thinking, problem solving, and application of physiologic concepts and principles to clinically relevant problems.