Cardiovascular challenges and organs

VUmc School of Medical Sciences

Cardiovascular challenges and organs

Cardiovascular failure is the most common cause of hospitalization in Western societies and, despite advances in treatments, the prognosis of patients with heart failure remains poor. Progressive deterioration in vascular and myocardial function is a crucial feature of chronic heart failure and is the result of many different pathological processes affecting the vessels and muscle of the heart. As a result of changes in lifestyle–leading to obesity, hypertension, and diabetes–cardiac and vascular problems now frequently arise at a relatively young age. As life expectancy has increased, this aging population has become characterized by chronic cardiovascular disease, causing reduced quality of life and increased healthcare costs.

During this minor basic (preclinical) and clinical scientists will highlight the recent advancements in understanding causes of cardiovascular disease, which not only involve the heart and vasculature, but also the complex interactions between other organ systems (lungs, kidneys). A brief overview will be given on the physiology of organ systems, after which pathophysiologic mechanisms of different forms of heart failure, atrial fibrillation and genetic cardiomyopathies will be discussed. In addition, emphasis will be put on the heart-kidney and heart-lung interactions, and the relation between obesity and diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The minor is composed of various topics, which are related to research themes within the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences (ACS) research institute. In interactive lectures and working groups, knowledge will be gained about state-of-the-art diagnosis tools (imaging, biomarkers), and current and new treatment options.

The minor (24 or 30 EC) consist of two components: 
  • The minor-module Cardiovascular Challenges and organs (24 EC)

Tracks of 30 EC will be completed with a literature essay (6 EC). 

Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedicine, psychobiology, technical medicine, medical biology, liberal arts & sciences or biopharmaceautical sciences. 

Admission and registration

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
The international minor VUmc is open to:

  • Medical bachelor students VU. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC), where 18 EC is acquired in the first semester of the second year.
  • Foreign students of partner institutions and VUmc. Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
  • Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is vital that you know the English language (at least on VWO level).

Registration
To register, send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl. Please make your choice for three minor-modules and select first, second and third choice. International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
The international minor VUmc is open to:

  • Medical bachelor students VU. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC), where 18 EC is acquired in the first semester of the second year.
  • Foreign students of partner institutions and VUmc. Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
  • Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is vital that you know the English language (at least on VWO level).

Registration
To register, send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl. Please make your choice for three minor-modules and select first, second and third choice. International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.

Further information

If you need more information on the minor, for example on its content, learning outcomes and assessment methods, please visit our VUmc School of Medical Sciences faculty website and select the minor of your choice.

Contact 
Please contact us at bachelor.info@vumc.nl if you have any more questions regarding our minor.

Samenvatting Cardiovascular challenges and organs

Taal

Engels

Duur

1 semester (24/30 EC)

StartDatum

2 september 2019

Interessegebied

Gezondheid en Beweging

Faculteit

Geneeskunde (VUmc)

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