Renal and Genitourinary
M25 613B

Course Master(s)
Steven Cheng, MD

Course Description

Instructor: Steven Cheng, M.D., 362-7211
This course uses basic principles of renal physiology and ion homeostatis to understand commonly encountered fluid and electrolyte disorders (especially hyper-/hyponatremias, acidoses/alkaloses) and the action of diuretic drugs. The pathophysiology of diabetic kidney disease, glomerular and tubulointerstitial diseases, hereditary kidney diseases, and the relationship between hypertension and the kidney are discussed. It also applies basic principles of urinary system anatomy and physiology to the understanding of kidney stones, disorders of the bladder and prostate, and of micturition. The course also introduces basic principles of dialysis and kidney transplant. Lectures, small group problem-solving and team-based learning sessions focus special attention on: (1) how a working knowledge of fundamentals, diagnostic testing and arithmetic manipulation can have important predictive value; and (2) how the courses of acute and chronic renal failure are both adaptive and maladaptive for the organism.