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Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Department of Pharmacology

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

The science of pharmacology deals with the properties and effects of drugs and chemical compounds on living systems. Medical pharmacology focuses on the mechanisms of action, toxicities, and therapeutic uses of biologically active substances in humans. Physicians must be able to utilize basic knowledge of pharmacology to treat and prevent disease in their patients. At CCOM, medical students are shown the correlation between pharmacology and related medical sciences, taught how to interpret the actions and uses of major classes of drugs, and instructed in the applications of pharmacodynamics to therapeutics.