The Department of Physiology has a major role in the medical curriculum (Arizona Med). Physiology faculty members instruct students during their pre-clinical years, teaching the normal function of organ systems of the body. Physiology from the molecular to cellular to system levels is addressed within a curriculum that integrates the traditional basic science disciplines into organ systems and disease units. Physiology faculty members collaborate with faculty from other basics science and clinical departments to play a major role in six of the eight integrative blocks, including Foundations, Nervous System, Musculoskeletal System, Cardio-Pulmonary-Renal Systems, Digestion-Metabolism-Hormones, and Life Cycle. Within these blocks, thirteen faculty members participate as authors and facilitators for multiple teaching formats, including lectures, small and large group discussions, and virtual laboratory sessions. In addition to direct student contact, certain faculty members from Physiology have served principal roles in the design of Arizona Med, launched in 2006, and continue to revise and monitor its progress. (College of Medicine)