Neurology-Psychiatry

The Neurology-Psychiatry course is a six-week course that provides students with an introduction to the interrelated fields of Neurology and Psychiatry. Students gain knowledge of neurological and psychiatric disorders and how they affect patients and their support systems. This course introduces students to the humanistic approach to patients with chronic debilitating or life-threatening diseases, emphasizing empathy, respect, and a code of medical ethics. The foundation is set for exploration of these fields by reinforcing and advancing the relevant anatomy, histology, embryology, immunology, genetics, physiology, and biochemistry introduced in the Fundamentals course. Students learn the pathology and pathophysiology of the spectrum of neurologic and psychiatric diseases, and their clinical manifestations. They have an opportunity to become familiar with the range of applicable diagnostic methods – including specific history-taking and physical exam skills and imaging modalities – and therapeutics. Students learn to formulate a thorough biopsychosocial diagnostic and treatment plan. Emphasis in the Neurology module is on identification, functional significance and connectivity within the neural system to develop a thorough understanding of the complexity of the nervous system. This is used as a platform to examine the variety of pathology found in the nervous system and reason for its resulting impairment.