The APS Medical Physiology Refresher Course is organized annually by the Education Committee.

Below are links to resources from the three most recent courses from the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB).

2019: “Beyond the Weight Room: The Importance of Skeletal Muscle in Health and Disease”

Organized by Edward Merritt and John Durocher

The purpose of this refresher course is to provide content updates on skeletal muscle physiology with particular emphasis on updates regarding the role of skeletal muscle beyond strength and how it’s related to overall health and disease. Lectures cover a broad range of topics including teaching the etiology of metabolic disease from a mitochondrial bioenergetics perspective, skeletal muscle metabolism in the intensive care unit, active learning of skeletal muscle physiology, and age-related changes in skeletal muscle and looking at differences between females and males.

Speakers: Darrell Neufer (East Carolina University), Craig Porter (Shriners Hospital for Children), Steve Elmer (Michigan Technological University) and Anna Thalacker-Mercer (Cornell University)

  • *Darrell Neufer (East Carolina University)
  • *Craig Porter (Shriners Hospital for Children)
  • *Steve Elmer (Michigan Technological University)
  • *Anna Thalacker-Mercer (Cornell University)

*Check back soon. Additional resources are forthcoming.

2018: "GI Physiology: Not Just the Gut Anymore"

Organized by Jennifer Sasser and Edward Merritt

The purpose of this refresher course is to provide content updates on in teaching gastrointestinal (GI) physiology. Lectures cover a broad range of topics including strategies to teach GI physiology, intestinal epithelial function, strategies for investigating the interaction between the microbiota and the gut brain axis, and immune interactions in the intestinal epithelium.

Speakers: Dexter Speck (University of Kentucky Medical Center), Jessica Dominguez-Rieg (University of South Florida), Stephen Collins (McMaster University Health Sciences Center) and Karen Edelblum (Rutgers New Jersey Medical School)

2017: “Curricular Innovation in Sex and Gender Based Medical Physiology Education”

Organized by Karie Scrogin and Jennifer Sasser

The purpose of this refresher course is to provide content updates on sex and gender differences in physiology. Lectures cover a broad range of topics including where we are, and where we need to go in sex/gender differences medical education, sex and gender differences in pain perception, sex differences in fetal programming, and sex and gender differences in cardiovascular disease.

Speakers: Virginia Miller (Mayo Clinic) for Marjorie Jenkins, Todd Vanderah (University of Arizona), Kent Thornburg (Oregon Health and Sciences University and Virginia Miller (Mayo Clinic).