Language of Medicine - Speak like a Medical Professional
Prerequisites: High School Biology with a grade of C or higher
This is a two week course. The first week will be delivered in a distance learning model where instruction will be synchronously at the times for which the class is scheduled. The first week of the distance learning class will be held on Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm EST. Students will then check in on July 23rd for the residential aspect of the program.
This Medical Terminology course provides an introduction to and mastery of medical terminology through presentation of word roots, prefixes and suffixes. It provides meanings for these medical terms in the context of the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis will be to build a working medical vocabulary based on body systems. This course will study the location, functions, terminology and pathology of the organs of the various systems of the body.
Student will be able to identify the structures and describe the functions of the body systems. *Explore the language of the body and medicine through lecture, hands-on and real-world medical scenarios. Practice the language and terms that healthcare professionals use daily.
This class is meant to be immersive and students will:
- Be able to demonstrate the word analysis skills needed to define unfamiliar medical terms when they are encountered by breaking down terms into their combining forms, prefixes and suffixes
- Be able to explain the meanings of medical terms in the context of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease.
- Be able to name the organs of the various body systems and describe their locations and functions
- Be able to describe disease processes; symptoms, diagnoses and treatments that affect the various body systems.
- Be able to transfer the specialized medical vocabulary and abbreviations needed (written and aural) to clinical scenarios
Meet the Professors
Mary Turano, UConn Early College Experience (ECE) Allied Health Instructor
Mary has been a teacher for 16 years and loves SCIENCE and MEDICINE. In addition to being a UConn ECE certified teacher, Mary is licensed and practicing EMT and EMS-I (EMT Instructor) so she brings experiences and clinical practices into the classroom to help you learn about the language of medicine. Mary loves teaching through hands-on activities within her class and will be bringing in models, manikins and other materials to help you get immersed within the human body. Mary is married and has three amazing daughters (24, 20, and 18) all of them are in the biological, chemical and medical fields.