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Wednesday, June 17 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
POSTER.46 - A comparison of selected undergraduate physiology programs in North America and the United Kingdom

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_x000D_Introduction: There are few resources that provide a systematic comparison of the structure and content of undergraduate physiology programs from different institutions. We used web-based resources to examine the content currently covered in the undergraduate programs of established physiology departments in North America and the United Kingdom._x000D_ Methods: Institutions were selected using online university rankings. Data acquisition was performed in two steps. First, preliminary data were collected from an online search conducted using available websites for the institution and department/program of interest. Secondly, a member of the department (usually an undergraduate advisor) was contacted and asked to confirm/correct the details collected online._x000D_ Results: We found that: i) most degree programs require a similar quantity and variety of prerequisite basic science courses; ii) the number of core physiology courses required varies greatly from institution to institution, but the average student will take 5 core physiology courses as part of their degree program; iii) a large number of physiology-specific courses are offered in most departments; however, only a relatively small proportion of those courses are lab-based, animal-based, or have a distinct cellular focus; iv) all programs studied appeared to use a systems approach to instruction, with common key physiological systems identified._x000D_ Discussion: Overall, we have illustrated important demographic and program features from 15 institutions across North America and the United Kingdom. We believe this information may help provide better reference guidelines for educating undergraduate physiology students, to promote consistency within the degree level expectations of undergraduate physiology majors, regardless of the institution attended.

Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Bayshore Foyer

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