Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Recognize the phenomenonology of and identify the signs and symptoms of major neurological and psychiatric syndromes/diseases.
2. Demonstrate how to gather pertinent positive and negative information to assist them in diagnoses of their patient and demonstrate skills in clinical correlations using a variety of assessment tools (interviewing techniques).
3. Illustrate how co-morbid neurological, psychiatric and medical illness compound each other and analyze how neurological disorders can manifest and compound psychiatric symptoms and vice versa.
4. Describe the basic categories of drugs of abuse and their effects on the mind and body.
5. Illustrate how co-occurring disorders between substance use and other mental illness (i.e. depression, psychosis, anxiety) and neurological disorders (i.e. paralysis, multiple sclerosis) can have an impact on the patient and their families/support system.
6. Demonstrate how to assess and identify major cognitive disorders (i.e. dementia, delirium, intellectual disability, frontal lobe syndrome).
7. Identify and describe the functions of the major neural circuits that connect neural structures and organs and illustrate the function of neurocircuitry pathways and neurotransmitters involved.
8. Articulate the indications and adverse effects of neurological and psychiatric pharmacology and therapeutics.
9. Illustrate the basic principles of various psychotherapy models, including transference and countertransference issue and illustrate the risk factors for suicide and other risky and violent behaviors.
10. Illustrate the risk factors for neurological and psychiatric diseases.
11. Demonstrate good communication skills, collaboration, and professionalism with patients, their families/support system and other disciplines regarding neurological and/or psychiatric illness (psychoeducation) and the roles of medications and/or psychotherapy in the recovery of individual patients.
12. Apply brain function and neuroanatomy and understand the concept of behavior theories as their roles in normal or abnormal behaviors.
13. Identify and describe the functions and important structures of the central and peripheral nervous systems and illustrate the various forms of chemical signaling in the nervous system.
14. Apply and integrate the anatomical structures and connections of the brain, vascular system, PNS and CNS, and sensory system to specific neurological and psychiatric disorders.
15. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and ethics of basic, clinical, and translational research.
16. Describe the various diagnostic modalities utilized in neurological and psychiatric conditions as well as the indications and limitations (e.g. Imaging, neurophysiology, neuropsychological testing).
17. Be cognizant of recent discovery and how such findings are utilized to treat neurological and psychiatric illness.
18. Work collaboratively as part of a team to develop skills in medical problem solving, critical thinking, and self-directed and lifelong learning.