MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 350

THE DEAN VAUGHN TOTAL RETENTION SYSTEM®

COURSE OUTLINE

The Dean Vaughn Total Retention System™ applied to Medical Terminology 350 is designed to be the
fastest and most effective method to teach the most commonly used Greek and Latin elements of
medical terminology. It works in conjunction with the natural learning process of the brain by
converting abstract medical word elements into images of real and familiar objects that make it
incredibly easy to learn and remember program content.

MATERIALS

Medical Terminology 350 consists of the following components:
• Fourteen lessons of video instruction
• Student Learning Guide

ASSIGNMENTS

As active participants in Medical Terminology 350, you will be expected to:
• Complete the Pre-test to establish a basis for measuring individual accomplishment
• View and carefully participate (i.e., pronouncing the medical term, audionym and meaning
along with the narrator; visualizing the audionym and its association) in the video presentation
for each lesson
• Complete all associated lesson-based Reading Assignments and Learning Activities
• Perform a final review of 350 medical elements
• Complete the Final Test to assess knowledge and understanding of medical terminology

OBJECTIVES

On completion of Medical Terminology 350 students will be able to:
• Identify the structure of medical terminology and recognize word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and
combining forms
• Understand that the meaning of most complex medical terms is derived by analysis of simpler
components or word parts
• Acquire a solid foundation of 350 Latin and Greek word parts or elements that will lead to
interpreting and understanding more than 11,000 complex medical terms
• Complete a final test and achieve a percentage score of 70 percent or better

LESSON 1

Pre-Test
• Introduction | Dean Vaughn methodology
• Learn the structure of medical terminology
• Learn combining vowels and forms
• Learn 25 medical elements
gastr- plast- -osis nephr- rhincardi- cerebr- -otomy hepat- gingivmegal- path- aden- arthr- -malacia
-itis -ectomy angi- blephar- -ology
dermat- enter- -oma -ologist spasm

LESSON 2

Learn 25 medical elements
-algia hyper- hyster- chondr- lipcrani- cyst- -ostomy cyan- myend- chole- para- hem(at)- lithhemi- hypo- -lysis ost- opt-
-oid -scop- cervic- psycho- proct

LESSON 3

Learn 25 medical elements
cost- -penia strept- supra- dent-
-gram gen- -desis -ptosis cephalacro- burso- mani- -dyn- autorhexis retr(o)- glosso- mast- epicarcin- trip- -trophy -rrhaphy hydro

LESSON 4

Learn 25 medical elements
lobo- brady- -esthesia benign melan-
-emesis -ectasis cantho- semen caudacontra- cyt- steno- celio- lingua-
-iasis odont- cheil- erythro- myringtrans- leuk- -cele vaso- spondyl-

LESSON 5

Learn 25 medical elements
ovar- mening- or- lact- sphenic-
-centesis cec- sub- onych- myeloto- macul- spiro- thorac- antibili- -pexy lacrim- pyle- mycosquam- onco- viscero- vesic- hallux

LESSON 6

Learn 25 medical elements
physio- aur- cor plexus histobucc(o)- acoust(i)- ren cilia stomapalpebr- colp(o)- orchi- dendr- tympan-
-plasia phon- encephal- phleb- umbilicrug- leio- thalam- pilo- salpingo

LESSON 7

Learn 25 medical elements
helio- tarso- ocul- scler(a)- septastr- -tope lapar- somato- scirr(h)-
-asthenia pod- dacry- trachel- antrfascia- malign- ment- sinus- -crine
iso- adnexa part- hypno- dura

LESSON 8

Learn 25 medical elements
pneum- iris oophor- radi- parietphage kerat- oment- fistul- ependymphren- pulmo- sedat- edema gravid
corne- ptyal- furca- dactyl- aerplak- alveol- radic- metabol(e) glyco-

LESSON 9

Learn 25 medical elements
tarso- dors- labi- colla- dyscheir- gangli- micr- later- cutcalc- gemin- peps- rachi- encine- grad- pleur- phob- peridigit gran- mamm- phot- pro

LESSON 10

Learn 25 medical elements
mechano- maxill- turbin- therm- tegument
dynam- an-, a- ameb- syn-, sym- panosmo- phak- semi- vuls- polytraumat- pre- neo- post ramus
trich- strict- hormone metr- neuro

LESSON 11

  • Learn 25 medical elements
    thromb- ex- sarc- inter- tensab- lien- proli- infra- spas-
    -plegia tumor macro- cryo- somniante- vestibule lal- mal- pharmacthel- puer- intra- glom- lumbo

LESSON 12

  • Learn 25 medical elements
    arter- adreno- utero- larying- triappendic- basi- sacro- bronch- ilethyro- pelvi- pharyng col- ilisplen- vena- duodeno- esophag- ligovario- urethr- ureter- bi- therap-

LESSON 13

  • Medical Word Parts Associated with the Nervous System
    encephal- thalam- plexus- dendr- duraependym- gangli- rachi- neuro- plegia-
    • Review Activities
    • Medical Word Parts Associated with the Sensory Organs
    lacrim- audi- aur- myring- ot-
    • Review Activities

LESSON 14

  • Learn 25 medical elements
    proxim- eury- dis- -rrhag -rrhe
    scol- pect- fac- sta- medapo- necr- lept- ton- xerdi- mi- lymph- volv- perdia- morph- meta- splanchn- blast-

  • Final Test

LEARNING GUIDE | SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

  • Lesson-based reading assignments and exercises

  • Application of elements to medical classifications.

  • Major medical specialties and specialists

  • Topographic systems

  • Medical terms used in the description of diseases
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