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Quick Discusses LSI Neuroscience Curriculum 

 

Beginning on January 14, 2013, the current class of first year medical students will embark upon the new Neurological Disorders Block as they progress through the inaugural year of the College of Medicine’s Lead Serve Inspire curriculum. Neurological Disorders is the 3rd block during Part 1 or Clinical Foundations portion of the curriculum and represents the midpoint of the first year for this new class of students. In prior years, the neuroscience curriculum was divided into 4 distinct divisions with basic science concepts such as neuroanatomy and physiology clustered in the earlier portions and clinical science topics grouped during the later parts. In the new curriculum, the Neurological Disorders block is slightly shortened in total duration, but maintains all of the core foundational teaching via the use of more efficient teaching and learning methods such as increased use of e-learning modules similar to what is being done in other blocks. There is emphasis on integrating concepts learned during lectures or online modules with patient care.  Clinical Reasoning Case Presentations and discussions occurring during the students’ weekly Longitudinal Group sessions will focus on topics important to clinical neurology such as dementia and stroke presented during lectures and e-learning modules. A number of team based learning sessions are planned which encourage students to work both individually and in groups to solve clinical problems based on what they have learned in the block and by using the medical literature.

 

Because the Neurological Disorders block is one of the longer blocks in the Clinical Foundations portion of the LSI curriculum and covers so many topics, it is divided into distinct weeks each focusing on a different concepts or portions of the nervous system. In addition, one week is specifically dedicated to ophthalmology or the visual system and the last 2 weeks of the block provide an introduction to psychiatry including mood, personality, behavioral and psychotic disorders, substance abuse and the psychiatric interview. The Neurological Disorders block involves faculty from numerous departments in the College of Medicine including neuroscience, anatomy, neurology, otolaryngology, pharmacology, ophthalmology, pediatrics and psychiatry. Thus students gain exposure to a broad and diverse group of teachers and clinicians.  As with other blocks during the Foundational Sciences, student assessments will incorporate a variety of methods such as objectively structured clinical exams (OSCE) in addition to traditional multiple choice exams, allowing students to showcase the knowledge they have gained.  It is our hope that having completed the Neurological Disorders block students will be well prepared for the Clinical Applications portion of LSI and feel ready to begin diagnosing and treating neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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Posted on 15-Jan-13 by Maloon, Adam
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