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  1. 1. REQUIRED COURSE: Course Title: Medical Neuroscience Sponsoring Department or Unit: Neuroscience List other departments with ongoing involvement in the course, and number of faculty participating from each department: Neuroscience 10 Neurology 4 Physiology and Biophysics 1 Cell Biology 1 Psychiatry 1 Pediatrics 1 No Faculty Appointment or Volunteer/Other 1 Time apportionment for required activities: Activity: Scheduled Contact Hours: Lecture 64 Laboratory 15 Small-group discussion 0 Patient contact 0 Examinations 9 Computer-based learning 0 Other 0 Total 88 Evaluate the appropriateness of the course’s location in the curriculum with respect to preceding and following courses, and with respect to other courses taught concurrently. The Neuroscience course is the last basic science course of the first year. Preceding courses provide appropriate background: Gross Anatomy, Microscopic Anatomy, Embryology, Biochemistry, Physiology, and Endocrinology. There is an overlap of 2-3 weeks with Endocrinology, and concurrence with Biostatistics & Epidemiology and with the selective portion of Introduction to Health Care 2. Coming at the end of first year, the course deals with student distractions related to warm spring weather and student fatigue as the academic year comes to a close. IV. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE M.D. DEGREE: REQUIRED CLERKSHIP FORM – Page 1
  2. 2. Educational objectives: Briefly summarize the educational objectives of the course in terms of knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes that students should exhibit upon its completion. How are these objectives communicated to students? What evidence, other than examinations given during the course, indicates that the objectives have been achieved? The main course goal is to provide medical students with a knowledge foundation in the structure and integrated function of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The objectives are presented and communicated to the students in the course syllabus, lectures, clinical correlates, and laboratory assignments. Other than examinations, evidence that the course objectives have been achieved include structured group discussions and presentations, clinical problem solving opportunities for students, in addition to special dissections during the laboratory periods. Student performance on the appropriate subscores of USMLE Step 1 has been significantly higher than the national average. Feedback from the Neurology clerkship faculty confirms that students enter third year with sufficient knowledge to facilitate their learning of clinical neurology. Evaluation of student performance: Briefly describe the evaluation system used in the course. How do you identify students exhibiting academic difficulty during the course, and what remedial options are provided for students who fail the course? Evaluation consists of a midterm and final written examination for lecture and a midterm and final examination for laboratory practicals. Students experiencing academic difficulty are identified by the midterm examinations. In addition, the student is responsible for evaluating his/her own learning difficulty at any time during the course semester and to communicate this difficulty to the faculty course director and/or the specific faculty member who presented the lecture/lab material. Faculty members are available during scheduled office hours, during laboratory, and by appointment. Students who fail the course remediate during the summer at other medical schools, most commonly at the University of Vermont. Students whose overall performance has been very deficient may be required to repeat Neuroscience in the course of a repetition of the entire first year curriculum in a subsequent academic year. Evaluation Methods IV. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE M.D. DEGREE: REQUIRED CLERKSHIP FORM – Page 2
  3. 3. 1. Indicate percent composition of student’s final grade (should sum to 100%): Inter nal Exam s Laborat ory/ Practical NBME Subject (“shelf”) Exam Faculty/Prec eptor/ Resident Ratings OSCE/ SP Exam Paper/Other Written Exercise Other (describe below) 65 35 0 0 0 0 0 Other method(s) noted above: There are two lecture exams, a mid-term (25%) and a comprehensive final (40%) in addition to two laboratory exams, a mid-term (15%) and a final (20%). 2. Number of internally prepared exams __4__ For credit __0__ Not for credit 3. Format of internally prepared, for credit exams (check all that apply): __X__ Multiple-choice, true/false, matching _____ Open-ended, short answer _____ Essay _____ Oral __X__ Laboratory/practical _____ Computer-based (any format) _____ Other (describe) 4. Do internal examinations include problem-solving exercises? __X__ Yes __ __ No 5. If NBME subject (“shelf”) examinations are used, give mean scores for the last three classes: NA Year: _____ _____ _____ Score: _____ _____ _____ IV. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE M.D. DEGREE: REQUIRED CLERKSHIP FORM – Page 3
  4. 4. Course evaluation: Describe the methods used to evaluate course quality. Identify major successes of the course and challenges not yet surmounted. Course evaluations are provided to the students at the end of the semester to evaluate the selected course materials and the instructors for lecture and laboratory periods. On-line student opinion surveys are conducted routinely. The major success of the course is strong student performance on external evaluations (Step 1). Small group exercises have been added. The largest challenge to the course is its placement late in the year (see above). The course director attends lectures from all faculty and provides direct feedback to faculty. List recommended or required learning materials (textbooks, databases, Web sites, etc.): There are two required textbooks plus a required Course Syllabus and Laboratory Manual. The textbooks are: 1) Neuroscience, 2nd edition, Purves, et al. (eds.), Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2001 and 2) Neuroanatomy An Atlas of Structures, Sections and Systems, 5th edition, Duane E. Haines (ed.), Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2001. The Neuroscience Course Syllabus and the Neuroscience Laboratory Manual were both written by the Department of Neuroscience faculty. There are also a number of additional texts and reading materials that are on reserve in the Dahlgren Library. In addition to the CD provided with the Neuroscience textbook, the computers in the medical library are equipped with the computer program entitled “Interactive Brain Atlas” that provides a self-directed guide for learning the three dimensional organization of the central nervous system. Finally, there are selected sets of the Kansas Kodachrome slides and the Georgetown Brainstem slides that are used in the laboratories and are both accessible on the Georgetown Dahlgren Library Website. IV. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE M.D. DEGREE: REQUIRED CLERKSHIP FORM – Page 4

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