Heart, Pregnancy and Embryology Test

You will have a test on the heart, pregnancy and embryology case study and notes on Wednesday, 5/14/14.  You were given a list of goals and objectives in class.

A practice test has been put online and can be accessed at

The test is only for practice, although you must put in your name. Please use your real name when you take it so I can see how you are doing. You may take it multiple times.

As a practice test, it does not include all information that may be asked on the actual test. It should, however, be a good indicator the types of questions you will see and the bulk of the content.

You should also read the following pages in the textbook: pages 671(start with sequence of excitation)-675 (up to mechanical events)

In the end, you should know the pathway of the electrical signal through the heart and how to read an ECG/EKG. You should be able to explain what is occurring in the heart during the PQRST waves on the ECG/EKG.

Then read the section on page 677-678 “heart sounds”.

Answer the clinical application questions # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 on page 689.

You should also know all of the information from the handouts given in class (heart conduction system, blood flow, blood vessels etc…)  You should be able to label the blood vessels (arteries) on the diagram. You should know all the pictured arteries for the test.

Have fun and study, study, study


Medicine in the Genomic Era

With the mapping of the human genome and the continuous discovery of new genes, protein shapes and functions, epigenetic controls and other exciting findings from the world of human DNA research, the future of medicine will be an exciting time indeed!

To give you a flavor of what researchers have been up to, to see what is possible now, and to imagine the future, you will watch the 2013 HHMI Holiday Lecture titled, Medicine in the Genomic Era.  Use the link below to go to the appropriate HHMI web page.  Once you are there you should click on the large image to the left of the summary to access the videos.  There are 4 one-hour parts to the series and you should watch all four and take notes on each one.  You will need those notes to complete an assignment for a grade. You will have the remainder of this week, all of spring break, and several days after spring break to watch the videos.  The videos do not work from school, so plan accordingly!


Due:  Thursday, May 1, 2014

Memory Videos

You should complete the following:

  • Watch the HHMI 2008 Neuroscience Lecture Series (4 one-hour videos)
    • You can find the link on my neuroscience wiki page
    • You should take notes as you watch
    • I have created a question sheet for Lecture 2, which you can download here.
    • This site does not seem to work from school, so plan accordingly
  • Watch Scientific American Frontiers: Make Up Your Mind (1 hour)

Brain and Spinal Cord Reading

Complete the following in your textbook..

  1. read pages 434-438 on “homeostatic imbalances of the brain”
  2. read the “Closer Look: He Brain vs. She Brain” on page 437
  3. read pages 438-442 on the spinal cord (stop at ‘White Matter’)
  4. table 12.2 – know the tract and its function for all tracts in this table
  5. table 12.3 – know the tract and its function for the two corticospinal tracts
  6. read pages 484-490 about stretch, deep tendon, crossed-extensor, and superficial reflexes. Be sure to understand the figures associated with each.

Embryology 2014

Define the following: fertilization, gestation time, implantation, zygote, embryo, fetus, polar body, oocyte

Briefly describe the function of the following: acrosome, ovary, uterine tube, uterus, cervix, vagina, placenta, amniotic fluid

Read ‘A Closer Look’ on page 1068 and know the flowchart on page 1069. (contraception)

What are ‘Hox’ genes? Why are they important to study? What evolutionary significance do they have?

Read and outline pages 1096-1104.

Look at table 29.2 in your book (pg. 1097). Know the weeks associated with each of the items I pointed out in class.

Answer the Clinical Application questions #1-4 on page 1107.