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30-Day Challenge:
Craft Your Plan for Learning Physiology
  A Few Simple Strategies Can -- in Just 30 Days -- Radically Reduce Your Study Time, and Get You an A in Physiology
Do you study hard, but your grades don't show it?
Here may be the problem!
Anatomy & Physiology courses begin with wholesale memorization of names for bumps on bones and shapes of muscles. Then the syllabus moves on to internal organs. Suddenly the anatomy is fairly simple but the physiology is complex.
This is a very difficult shift to master because physiology can't really be memorized. The memorization skill you fine-tuned for bones and muscles is of little help.
30-Day Challenge: Craft a Plan for Learning Physiology
shows you the secret for understanding and remembering human physiology. You will uncover a new way to frame the problem of learning physiology. You will at the end of the course have a viable plan.

Details of physiologic function are massive, but the framework on which those details hang is well-established and easy to learn.

Action steps each day of the 30-day challenge will take you less than one hour. Here are all the tools you need to stop worrying about physiology ruining your hard-won high GPA.
"Dr. Reece has a knack for making difficult subjects easy to understand. She provides a great framework for futher study. The weekly live presentations are excellent, coordinating topics of the week and putting them into perspective". - John Wickman
Module 1:  Physiology's infrastructure - the Chemistry of Life
This course starts by identifying the set of ideas that researchers use repeatedly to explain the function of each body organ. Think of it as a set of tools.  You'll . . .
1. Learn how scientists divide physiology into functional compartments for study - why some physiologic  'compartments' have no boundary

2. Discover how water's chemistry supports communication - learn how body areas close by and far apart 'talk' to each other

3. Explore the 3 master controllers that co-ordinate all of physiology - replace the maze of detail with predictable interaction of only 3 systems

4. Learn the importance of Earth's atmosphere to physiology - find out why the precise composition of Earth's gases is important
Module 2:  The nervous system - master controller #1
Don't let the thought of studying the nervous system overwhelm you. You'll . . .
1. Learn how how the brain gets its information - discover how creatively-designed sensors inform the brain of happenings inside and outside the body

2. Discover what the brain does with skeletal muscle info - learn about how the brain moves us around to just the place where we want to be

3. Explore housekeeping activities of the nervous system below the level of consciousness - meet the autopilot division of the nervous system

4. Learn how the nervous system collaborates with its partners to keep us out of danger - take a journey through human fight-or-flight programing
Module 3:  The cardiovascular system - master controller #2
The cardiovascular system provides a superb example of the the collaboration among physiology's three master controllers. You'll . . .
1. Learn the unique characteristics of heart muscle - become acquainted with muscle cells that behave like neurons

2. Explore the brain's role in optimizing cardiac function - discover what the brain does to keep an autonomous heart under control

3. Discover how the 3 master controllers work together to control blood pressure - learn why both the nervous and endocrine systems are needed to fine-tune blood pressure

4. Learn why water plays a critical role in nutrient/waste exchange - find out how water's chemistry supports the primary function of the cardiovascular system
Module 4:  The endocrine system - master controller #3
Endocrine hormones exert their influence over the long term - days, months and even years. In this module you'll . . .
1. Explore endocrine-neural partnerships - discover which parts of the brain are also endocrine glands

2. Learn why each hormone affects only specific cells - uncover the characteristics of the special proteins that link hormones to their target cells

3. Review elegant examples of endocrine feedback loops that maintain critical physiologic set points - never again will homeostasis be an unclear concept

4. Discover the world of living bone - experience a case study of the reciprocal support provided by the nervous, cardiovascular and endocrine systems in a skeleton that replaces itself every 10 years
Module 5: How to make use of physiology's infrastructure in crafting your own personal plan for acing your course
Pulling it all together for creating your own plan with checklists and a video tool kit. You'll . . .
1. Create your lifelong strategy for learning and remaining current with the findings of future research into how the human body works - find strategies for keeping up with the ongoing explosion of medical information
Meet Your Mentor

Margaret Reece PhD is an educator, scientist  and author whose expertise lies in the area of human physiology. Over the course of her career she published her research findings about female reproductive disorders and cancers in top level peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Reece served 18 years as a Laboratory Director in clinical departments in New York and Massachusetts. Subsequently, until 2012, she served as Chief Scientific Officer for a biotechnology company in Upstate New York. Dr. Reece is presently CEO of Reece Biomedical Consulting LLC, a company dedicated to supporting undergraduate life science and graduate medical students in their efforts to master the complexities of human anatomy and physiology.      

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