Medical Pharmacology focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms whereby therapeutic drugs, or other pharmacologically or toxicologically active compounds interact with biological, particularly human, systems. This year-long course covers the general principles of drug action, including drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, pharmcokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of important therapeutic drug categories. For each drug category, the course emphasizes: selected prototype drugs, molecular mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetic properties, therapeutics, adverse effects contra-indications and drug-drug interactions.
PCOL 501 (Spring Semester) covers General Principles, Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Diseases, Autonomic Pharmacology, and Cardiovascular Drugs
PCOL 502 covers Toxicology, Autacoids and Inflammation, Endocrine Pharmacology and Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System