About This Course
Welcome to your GTS Repro course. We will be taking off from the foundations established in prior courses; including anatomy, microbiology, and other GTS sections, in particular Endocrinology. There are sections with intentional repetition of material in an effort to reinforce your learning in some of the more complex reproductive pathophysiology concepts.
The flow of the course begins with normal physiology, histology and anatomy of the male reproductive system. We will explore male reproductive endocrinology, the male sexual response, benign and malignant conditions of the male reproductive tract, and challenges of screening for prostate cancer and health disparities in men.
In the second week we will transition into the female system. We will start with foundations in reproductive endocrinology, the gynecologic history, menstrual disorders and contraception. Information from GTS-Endocrine and CFM will be referenced to help you build on prior knowledge. We will explore the main pathology of the female reproductive system: uterus, ovary, cervix and breast.
Intermixed will be discussions on ethics, health care policy, infectious diseases and aging. The male reproductive system will reappear throughout this portion of the course- as conditions such as sexual differentiation, conceptualization of sex and gender and infertility integrate the pathophysiology of both systems.
After mastering the gynecologic portion, we will transition into obstetrics and gestation. Again, prior foundation will be emphasized with a review of genetics and embryology. We will explore normal and abnormal gestation. We have tried to create a flow to the gestation section that starts with early pregnancy and development, then moves to conditions that occur during pregnancy, and ends with labor and delivery. This course is just a glimpse at the most important gestation concepts and pathophysiology to serve as a foundation for your clerkship where you will learn more about the management of particular diseases in greater detail. In the gestation section, just like the male and female pathophysiology sections, we will draw on your knowledge from prior GTS sections as you learn to care for medical disorders in a pregnant patient.
At the end of the course we will finish with ethical discussions related to reproduction, and a TBL session where you will create a differential diagnosis that requires you to call upon knowledge from the entire GTS course.
An effort has been made to limit lecture time, as you will see when you participate in small groups, virtual micro sessions, class discussion, independent study and patient interviews. Our goal is to provide you with a solid foundation as well as a clinical introduction.
We hope you enjoy this new GTS course and look forward to your feedback for improvements in later years. We also appreciate your patience as we present some of this material in a new format for the first time.