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Douglas Merrill

Director Premedical Studies
Biomedical Sciences Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
Professor

585-475-2492
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Douglas Merrill

Director Premedical Studies
Biomedical Sciences Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
Professor

Education

BS, Ph.D., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Bio

BS, Ph.D., Environmental Physiology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University

Teaches: Medical Pathophysiology, Human Histology, Medical Ethics, Premedical Seminar

Research areas: Community engagement scholarship, K12 STEM education, and case-based learning in science

Dr. Merrill provides information, advice, guidance and support to all RIT students who have expressed an interest in preparing for further study at the graduate level in one of the health professions. He assists students in completing all requirements and developing competitive applications for admission to graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, chiropractic, podiatry, audiology and occupational therapy.

585-475-2492

Currently Teaching

MEDS-620
4 Credits
This graduate course in the Medical Illustration (MFA) program combines lecture and laboratory sessions to introduce students to the microscopic anatomy of both normal and pathologic human tissues and organs, with special emphasis given to the relationships between cellular architecture and normal versus altered physiologic function. Students will created illustrations and annotated digital images, and complete a final project designed to teach the etiology and pathogenesis of a chosen disease state to students at a graduate level. (One year of General Biology with lab)
MEDS-515
3 Credits
This course is designed as an introductory course in pathophysiology, the study of disease and its consequences. It covers the basic mechanisms of disease, concentrating on the diseases that are most frequently encountered in clinical practice. The major topics of discussion will emphasize the general pathologic processes; this will provide a basis for understanding diseases affecting specific organ systems. Clinical correlations will be made as examples of how physiological processes can go awry in the generation of a particular disease.
MEDS-520
4 Credits
This foundational course in the study of human biology and medicine provides students with a detailed exploration of the microscopic and structural anatomy of normal human tissues and organs, with special emphasis given to the relationships between the cellular architecture of human organs and organ systems and their functions. The course also examines human pathologies as a manifestation of the loss of cellular integrity leading to alterations in the histological features of diseased organs.
MEDS-615
3 Credits
This course is designed as a graduate-level course in pathophysiology, the study of disease and its consequences to human health. It covers mechanisms of cell injury, the homeostatic responses of cells and tissues, and the clinical manifestations of disease, concentrating on the disease states that are most frequently encountered in clinical practice, including infection, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The course follows a medical school model by using a clinical case-based approach that promotes active, team-based learning and professional written communication. Students will conduct independent research to create and illustrate a clinical case study.
MEDS-300
1 Credits
This course prepares students to navigate the admissions process and interviews for medical, osteopathic, optometry, podiatric and dental school. The preparation will also address issues related to the field of medicine, including alternatives, ethics, and financial concerns.
MEDS-281
1 - 3 Credits
This course provides students the opportunity to learn by teaching, as they assist the course instructor in facilitating student learning.
MEDS-299
1 - 4 Credits
This course will provide students the opportunity for independent study in a topic of strong interest.