Learning Resources for My MC3 Students
Cliff Belleau / Adjunct Instructor / Ma comb County Community College

Physiology: Unit 1 / Unit 2 / Unit 3 / Unit 4 /// Anatomy: Unit 1 / Unit 2 / Unit 3 / Unit 4

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  Welcome Incoming AP Students:  

Success occurs when you are prepared for an opportunity. This Anatomy and Physiology class represents an opportunity, just one step of many on that pathway to a rewarding career.! So if you need an "A" in this class then you need to start now to prepare for your success! Success is not an accident. Success occurs when you are prepared for an opportunities.

You can start to prepare now, even before the start of class. A good start would be to memorize the skeletal bones and skeletal muscles (See Lab Objectives - Unit One). These are just two of the topics covered on the Unit One Anatomy Exam! If you memorize the bones and muscles then you can reduce a lot of the stress associated with the First Unit Exam. You can find reference images on this site for skeletal muscles and bones. The Unit One Lecture Exam will also cover the first ten chapters of in our textbook (see Lecture Unit One Learning Objectives). So now is also a good time to start to read the first few chapters of the text book.

Your overall grade in this class will be determined by an average of your lab and lecture exams. However, the volume of information covered in the lecture course is greater than the lab course. Therefore, you will need to budget you study time appropriately to achieve your objective. Beware, the Unit One Exam (i.e. lab and lecture) is going to cover a lot of information!

I recommend that you print the Unit One Lab Learning Objectives and the Unit One Lecture Learning Objectives using this link, "Orientation Page". The Learning Objectives have been created by MC3's Full Time Instructors in the Science Department. This is the information that I am required to cover in my lecture and lab classes. It is also the information that you will need to know for the exams and in order to earn an "A" in this class. I am allowed to cover additional topics but only after we cover the required topics.

On the Orientation Page you will also find more detailed information about this class as well as the recommended lecture and lab books. You should take some time now to familiarize yourself with all the pages on this Web site. Here you will find all the resources that you need to succeed in this class.

Throughout the course, I will use this "Bulletin Board" space to post important messages. You will need to check this "Bulletin Board" often for updates and corrections. So welcome to my class. My objectives are to help you learn Anatomy/Physiology, help you advance your career goals, and teach you how to think about and understand the functions of the human body.

I wish everyone "Good Luck". But remember these wise words: : "The harder I worked, the luckier I got", Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Car Company.


Please email me when you find broken homework assignment links. Thanks!

Important Note: The Michigan Educational Association's research on education states that a student needs to budget three hours of study time for each hour of lecture time. This is how much time it is going to take to learn the lecture material. Therefore, you should invest a minimum of 12 hours of study time per week or approximately two hours per day, seven days per week. This also includes the days when you are in class!

It is also more beneficial if you take time every day to study than to skip several days than try to study five or six hours at any one time! This is true because of how our brains work. The more times that you recall stored information reinforces the "memory pathway" which was established in our brains when we originally memorized the factoid. This is physiology!

  In The News:  
> Recent events in Flint, Michigan have again illustrated a failure at the intersection of science and public policy. This has resulted in catastrophic consequences. Here are two review articles about lead that you may want to read: Lead Poisoning // Correlation Between Lead Poisoning and Crime  

Zika - An Emerging Disease: This is a good example of what happens when the world ignores an emerging disease until it becomes a potential global pandemic. The catastrophe is only further fueled by the USA congress who now stay on their summer vacations while refusing to provide necessary funding for scientific research necessary to solve the Zika problem. Unfortunately, history often repeats its failures!


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  Links to Resources About Health Care & Other Topics of Special Interest
for Anatomy and Physiology Students
  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
The CDC should be your first source for information about disease and wellness. This site is designed to provide valuable healthcare information to physicians as well as to the general public. The CDC also reports on emerging diseases around the world and in the United States.
  National Institutes of Health  
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. The NIH is made up of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers. For over a century, NIH scientists have paved the way for important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
  American Council on Science & Health  
The American Council on Science and Health was founded in 1978 by a group of scientists with a singular mission – to provide an evidence-based counterpoint to the wave of anti-science claims that became the calling card of fundraising groups who were using mass media to promote fear about topics such as food, energy and medicine. These scientists created an organization that could add data and reason to debates about science and public health issues and to provide that data to policy makers and the public. ACSH is a national, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) education and advocacy organization based in New York City.
  Food and Drug Administration  

FDA is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA's organization consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.

  Kaiser Family Foundation  
Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media,  the health
policy community and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand the health reform law. Our core mission is filling the need for trusted information about Health Issues
PharMedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing and educates healthcare professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices. PharMedOut promotes evidence-based medicine by providing slideshows, videos, events, and links to pharma-free CME courses. (Founded by Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman) www.pharmedout.org
"In Sick Around the World, Frontline teams up with veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid to find out how five other capitalist democracies --(United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland) -- deliver health care, and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures." April 15, 2008   Follow this link: www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/
Their mission is to educate citizens about the benefits of a Single-Payer National Health Program. The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, $8,160 per capita. Yet our system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 50.7 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered. This is because private insurance profits, unnecessary bureaucracy and paperwork over electronic documents consume one-third (31 percent) of every health care dollar.

Greg Silver, MD
(Note: the new Health Care Reform Act now mandates that a health insurance company spends a higher percent of your health care premium for health care services and if they don't spend the premium for medical services then they must rebate that money to the insured. However, it is still less fair than what other industrial countries do with their national healther care programs.) Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans. Follow this Link to Visit PNHP's Web Site
Lectures by Robert Sapolsky, The John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Professor of Biological Sciences and Neurology at Stanford University

Dr. Robert Sapolsky is a Professor of Biology, Neurosurgery, Neurology & Neurological Sciences at Stanford University.  You can now attend Professor Sapolsky eclectic lectures online.   These inspirational lectures cover how to approach complex normal and abnormal behaviors through biology. Furthermore, they show us how to integrate disciplines including sociobiology, ethology, neuroscience, and endocrinology to examine behaviors such as aggression, sexual behavior, language use, and mental illness. After you watch these lectures, you will understand why Professor Sapolsky was voted by his students to be the best teacher at Stanford University.

The Limbic System

Link to Index of 41 Lectures by Dr. Sapolsky
Sponsored by Stanford University

Robert Sapolsky won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1987 (i.e. the Genius Award!) for his creative breakthrough in understanding how the brain works, and in particular how prolonged stress can cause both physical and mental health problems. Author of seven bestselling books including A Primate’s Memoir and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, he has made annual trips to Africa for the past twenty three years to study a population of wild baboons and the relationships between their personalities and patterns of stress-related diseases. One of the nation’s top biologists, he is also a wry humanist, and reminds us: “If a rat is a good model for your emotional life, you’re in trouble.”

Thirty cents of every dollar spent on U.S. health care -- a total of $750 billion -- was wasted in 2009 on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud and other problems, according to the Institute of Medicine. It's enough to cover every uninsured American six times over. What else could it buy? ss
The 2009 H1N1 "Swine" Influenza" was our most recent "near-miss" pandemic. When will it be back? Why are scientists terrified about the H5N1 virus? Why do some scientist believe the H5N1 virus may kill worldwide more than a billion people? Why are newborns and senior citizens more likely to survive a flu pandemic? ss
 "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm".   Henry David Thoreau

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