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PCOL801 / PCOL770

Contact for Course Information

Karen Woodfork, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, PO Box 9229
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
Morgantown,WV 26506-9229
Phone: (304) 293-1997
E-mail: kwoodfork@hsc.wvu.edu 

Course Description

Summer Medical Pharmacology (PCOL 801) is a 9-credit, online course designed as a summer makeup course for second year medical students. PCOL 770 is a similar course intended for students in the graduate health professions (dentistry, pharmacy, pediatric medicine). The courses cover basic principles of drug action and mechanisms of therapeutic and undesirable effects of drugs currently used in medical practice.
Lectures can be viewed in a self-paced format via streaming and downloadable video (Camtasia/mp4) and audio (mp3). Course materials are also available in PowerPoint format. Weekly exams are given online, and the final exam will be taken in a proctored online situation.
Most medical students (MD, DO) will register for the section of the course that is graded pass-fail. In this section, the NBME Subject Exam in Pharmacology (i.e., the "shelf board") will be used as the final exam. It may be taken at the student's home institution if that institution has an NBME-certified proctor for administration of electronic subject exams. If this is not possible, the student must take the NBME exam on-site at WVU or another NBME-certified location. In order to pass the course, a student must earn a passing score on the final exam (12th percentile or higher on the NBME exam) and must have a passing average on the weekly online exams (75.0% or higher).
Students in other health professions (e.g., podiatry, dentistry, pharmacy) often require a letter grade rather than a pass-fail course. These students may register for the section of the course that is graded on a standard 10-point scale and will take a proctored WVU-written final in lieu of the NBME exam.
Of the students who have enrolled in PCOL 770 between 2007 and 2013, 88% completed the course. Of those, 81% earned a passing grade (S, or C or higher). The average score on the NBME Subject Exam (including all students) was at the  41st percentile.

Course Dates

Offered every summer. Course normally starts in the last week of June and runs for 5 weeks. Contact the instructor for details. Last day for receipt of registration forms is June 19, 2020.

Qualifications and Prerequisites

Status as a first-year medical student having taken WVU SOM CCMD 730 or outside institutional equivalent or instructor permission


Tuition is $5,886. The purchase of a specific textbook is not required.

Registration Information

Please email the course director (Karen Woodfork, kwoodfork@hsc.wvu.edu) to ascertain that you meet the prerequisites for the course and to obtain the link to register online.

Deadline to contact the instructor is June 19, 2020.