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Course Title: General Histology (DDS 6214)
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Minneapolis, MN

Course Purpose
The purpose of this course is for students to learn the structure and basic function of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. We will begin with a description and discussion of cells that comprise the four basic tissues tissues in the human body. We’ll also talk about early human embryologic development. Then, we’ll move on to specific organ systems, covering everything except the mouth and associated regions, which you will cover next year in oral histology.

The point of the course is to give you a clear mental image of the human body at the microscopic level. You’ll be able to describe and identify the microscopic features and functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. This is an important first building block for your future courses in dental school such as biochemistry, physiology, gross anatomy, oral histology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology and oral pathology.

The course also will prepare you well for boards. As you know, there are histology questions on part one of the NBDE. We’ll be using some boards-like questions throughout the course to give you an idea of what to expect on boards.

Official reasons aside, this material is just plain awesome and interesting. How is it, for example, that the 12-foot-long small intestine has a surface area equal to that of a tennis court? How do we develop from something that looks like a flattened egg McMuffin into an incredibly complex being in just a few months? I hope you’ll find the tiny things we look at as beautiful and incredibly perfect as I do.

Director
The Course Director is Kristine Krafts, M.D. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have regarding the course. You can come find me before or after class in our lecture room, or email me (kkrafts@umn.edu), call (626-7996), or stop by my office (16-206a Moos) any time.

Textbook
The optional textbook used in this course is Atlas of Human Histology: A Guide to Microscopic Structure of Cells, Tissues and Organs by Robert L Sorenson. It’s available in the bookstore. There’s also a nice interactive website that goes along with the book. It’s basically a virtual microscope with a set of gorgeous slides and nice explanations of everything you’re looking at. You should use the textbook and website however they benefit you in order to supplement and reinforce the content you receive in lectures. Some students like to preview the material; others use it to look up stuff they didn’t understand in lecture – whatever helps you best learn the material is fine.

Syllabus
You can download a copy of our syllabus here.

Lectures
Our lecture schedule is on the lectures page. Next to each lecture you’ll see links to the lecture PowerPoint in pdf and ppt formats. All lectures are recorded in Mediasite. I also have little video summaries of each lecture (short and ridiculously short versions, take your pick) in case you want a quick review of a particular lecture.

Exams
There are three exams in this course, as listed below. We’ll have an in-class exam review before each exam. Grades will be posted on Canvas.

Exam 1 (Friday, August 31, 8:00 – 9:55)
  • Covers: Introduction to Histology, Embryology, Epithelium, Connective Tissue, Muscle Tissue, Cartilage and Bone, and Nervous Tissue
  • Roughly 55 questions
  • Review session: Wednesday, August 29, 2:05 – 2:55
Exam 2 (Tuesday, September 25, 1:00 – 2:55)
  • Covers: Blood, Hematopoietic System, Lymphoid System, Cardiovascular System, Skin, and Endocrine System
  • Roughly 55 questions
  • Review session: Thursday, September 20, 3:10 – 4:00
Exam 3 (Thursday, November 1, 1:00 – 2:55)
  • Covers: Gastrointestinal System, Pancreas, Liver, and Gallbladder, Respiratory System, Urinary System, Female Reproductive System, and Male Reproductive System
  • Roughly 60 questions
  • Review session: Tuesday, October 23, 2:05 – 2:55

Your scores for all three exams will be added to give you a single numerical score for the course, and grades will be determined as follows:

A = scores greater than or equal to 90%
B = scores between 80% and 90%
C = scores between 70% and 80%

Grades will be posted on Moodle, if all goes well with the Moodle wizards and they accept our small offering of candy and shrubbery. If not, we will slap them with fishes.

One more thing
Please feel free to ask questions, offer suggestions, or just talk about stuff at any time! You can catch me before or after class, stop up at my office (16-206 Moos) or email me (kkrafts@umn.edu).

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