A combined lecture and laboratory experience was designed to enhance medical school students' understanding of the physiological basis of diuretic therapy. Studies are performed by students in anesthetized dogs to determine the effects of four clinically useful diuretics on renal function. The objective of the experience is to 1) learn the mechanisms of action, clinical indications, and adverse effects of diuretics; 2) review the renal physiology of glomerular filtration and sodium metabolism; and 3) complete analysis and interpretation of experimental data. These sessions provide an effective practical educational experience in applying the scientific method to begin to understand the physiology and pharmacology of diuretics.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physiology (medical)