Value: 100 points
Due: In an effort to facilitate scholarly discourse, create your initial post by Day 3, and reply to at least two of your classmates, on two separate days, by Day 7.
Grading Category: Discussions
In this week’s discussion, you get to be the instructor! Your job is to teach your peers about a topic related to the dermatologic or lymphatic system. As you are preparing your information, think about the most important aspect of your question and how you can “be the expert” for your peers. Be creative! Use visual aids, diagrams, etc. to help your peers learn. Some type of teaching or visual aid is required, in addition to your text response to the question.
It is understood that thoughtful responses to your topic question will take some time and thought. Please organize your thoughts before creating your initial post.
This week, you are responsible for answering one question from your team’s question set, as assigned in the Announcements section of this course.
By Day 3, post your initial response for your assigned question by answering the question comprehensively and sharing a unique teaching tool or visual aid with your peers. Post your initial response as a reply to the appropriate thread. Your post should be limited to 500 to 750 words and, in addition to your textbook and course materials, use evidence-based, peer-reviewed journals that have been published within the past three to five years.
Week 5 Discussion 1: Question-Based Discussion—Team A (Skin Disorders)
- A-1: Define the following terms, provide an image of an example, and identify one condition where each may occur:
- A-2: Define the following terms, provide an image of an example, and identify one condition where each may occur:
- A-3: Describe the typical lesions of atopic dermatitis. Where are these located in infants? What about adults? Identify three ways these lesions can be managed to help return the skin to homeostasis.
- A-4: Impetigo and herpes simplex are common skin disorders and can have a similar dermatologic presentation. Describe the etiology of each condition. Explain one classic identifying feature for each condition, and discuss how they can be differentiated from one another.
- A-5: Tinea corporis and scabies are common skin disorders and can have a similar dermatologic presentation. Describe the etiology of each condition. Explain one classic identifying feature for each condition, and discuss how they can be differentiated from one another.
- A-6: Explain why squamous cell carcinoma has a better prognosis than malignant melanoma. Identify three characteristics of malignant changes in a skin lesion as well as four warning signs of skin cancer.
- A-7: Describe what a keratosis is, and give two specific examples. For each example, discuss the following: presentation/appearance, etiology, prevention. What is the most common complication from these lesions?
Week 5 Discussion 1: Question-Based Discussion—Team B (Normal Skin/Lymph)
- B-1: Describe the basic path of the lymphatic circulation. You may use a visual aid to assist you.
- B-2: Describe the normal functions of the lymph nodes, the thymus gland, the tonsils, and the spleen. What happens when each does not function normally and moves away from homeostasis?
- B-3: Explain three ways the skin acts as a defense mechanism. For each of these, identify one condition that develops when this defense mechanism fails.
- B-4: Where are resident or normal skin flora located related to the skin and its appendages? Identify three normal skin flora and discuss their importance to homeostasis.
- B-5: It is well known that handwashing is critical to preventing the spread of infection. Explain how excessive handwashing may in some cases increase the potential for a bacterial skin infection. Give two examples where this might occur.
- B-6: Describe the role of sebaceous glands and eccrine glands in maintaining homeostasis within the dermatologic system. For each of these, identify one condition that develops when homeostasis is not maintained.
- B-7: Describe the structure of a hair follicle, including any gland associated with it. How do these glands promote homeostasis? What conditions can develop when homeostasis is not maintained.
Week 5 Discussion 1: Question-Based Discussion—Team C (Lymph Disorders)
- C-1: Compare and contrast Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas based on pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
- C-2: Explain why infections occur frequently in patients with lymphomas. Is this true for patients with other lymph disorders?
- C-3: Describe the prognoses for a person with a stage I and stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma. Use rationale to explain your reasoning. How would you explain this to a patient/family?
- C-4: Outline the conditions of Hodgkin’s lymphoma at each of the four stages as defined by the Ann Arbor staging system.
- C-5: Describe the condition of lymphedema. Discuss the etiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, and strategies to return to homeostasis.
- C-6: Describe the condition of multiple myeloma. Discuss the etiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, and strategies to return to homeostasis.
- C-7: Describe the condition of Castleman disease. Discuss the etiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, and strategies to return to homeostasis.
Review all your peers’ posts, as they will help you prepare for the quiz this week.
Select posts from two peers that addressed a case from a different team than you. For example, students from Team A reply to one post from Team B and one post from Team C. Each reply must use at least one scholarly reference other than your textbook. Thinking about your certification track and anticipated practice area:
- Describe a patient that you might encounter where you could apply the information learned in your peer’s post.
- What “signs” and “symptoms” would you expect this patient to exhibit? Identify at least four, describe the finding, and classify each as subjective or objective data.
Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded. The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. Students are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria which exceed expectations.
Posting to the Discussion Forum
- Select the appropriate Thread.
- Select Reply.
- Create your post.
- Select Post to Forum.