Brain and Mind

Brain and Mind is an integrated course that ranges from basic neuroscience and gross anatomy of the head and neck to neurological diagnosis and psychopathology. Over 100 faculty members from many different departments are involved in teaching the course, with the core faculty drawn from the Departments of Neurology & Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, Psychiatry, and Radiology. The course synthesizes basic science and clinical information about the nervous system to promote both the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and the development of diagnostic skills. The teaching modalities that are utilized emphasize active student participation. Important features are the problem-based analysis of classical neurological and psychiatric disorders, and the opportunity to examine individual patients in clinic settings. Information on key topics is provided in the form of lectures, patient presentations and small-group tutorials, as well as laboratory sessions on neuroanatomy and gross anatomy of the head and neck. Acquaintance with contemporary research ideas and techniques is fostered by journal club sessions that review papers from the current literature. Computer-based educational and research tools enhance many of these activities.

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