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What Are the Core Concepts of Physiology?

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The Core Concepts of Physiology

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What are the core concepts of physiology? Michael et al. (Adv Physiol Educ 33:10–16, 2009) defined nine core concepts in physiology. As a result of surveying physiology faculty at a wide variety of institutions in the USA and elsewhere, Michael and McFarland (Adv Physiol Educ 35:336–341, 2011) expanded this list to a set of 15 core concepts for physiology.

We will first describe the process by which we arrived at our list of core concepts in physiology. Then, we will briefly describe each of the core concepts identified at the NSF-sponsored CAB meetings, the 15 core concepts of physiology we have developed, and their relationship to Modell’s general models. We will also describe the overlap and interrelationship between the core physiology concepts.

In Chaps. 5, 6, and 7, we present our unpacking of the three most important core concepts that physiology faculty have helped us identify.

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Michael, J., Cliff, W., McFarland, J., Modell, H., Wright, A. (2017). What Are the Core Concepts of Physiology?. In: The Core Concepts of Physiology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6909-8_3

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