Welcome, do you know what today is? Do you? It's the first day of medical terminology and the rest of your life. Yay. Whether you are bound for a career in medicine or just looking for something new and interesting to study, you've made a great choice with a specialization. Why, you ask? So inquisitive, I like that in a student. I can give you three good reasons for now. One, everybody has a body and it will need healthcare at some point. A basic knowledge of medical terminology will help you navigate the healthcare system from choosing the right specialist to making sure you understand the diagnosis. Two, it can lead to a job. Medical scribes are always in demand, and taking this course is a great way to learn not only terms, but also the skills to build and break down new terms that you may come across in your work. Three, it gives you the ability to advocate for the health of yourself and your loved ones. Being able to read medical records, pathology and imaging reports, and even prescriptions allows you to make informed decisions about what is happening and what needs to happen. For better or worse, you will have the knowledge and the skills to understand what is going on with your own health and the health of those you hold dear. If you're still watching this video, I'm assuming you're sold on the importance of the course. Smart move. So now, let's talk some basic logistics and expectations. First, you should complete the modules and courses in order as the material builds on itself. The first module in course one is unique as it includes basic knowledge and skills that you will need to retain for the entire specialization and for the rest of your life. No pressure, so much pressure. After the first module, we will use a fairly standard format covering one or more body systems per module. For course one, those systems include integumentary, urinary, and musculoskeletal. In general, you should expect to watch several recorded lectures, make flashcards, and take a quiz over basic definitions for each module. Exams will occur three times throughout the specialization at the end of each course. While they are not technically cumulative or comprehensive, you are learning a language. So the words and word parts from the course may be seen on future exams. Don't worry, they're fun, really. Finally, please know a couple of things about me. I have a quirky sense of humor and I try to keep class anything, but dull. However, if I ever say anything that you find offensive, please know that it was completely unintentional. I really do love people and my job. Also, I'm going to use the pronunciation for medical terms with which I am familiar. As with any language, there are regional variations in different preferred pronunciations. Potato, potato. Please know that while I will give you my best effort, you should adapt to any alternate pronunciations used by your supervisor or colleagues and embrace the change. [SOUND] I think that's it. Most students tell me this was one of the simplest, but most useful courses they take. I hope you'll find it likewise. Yay for learning.