University of Pittsburgh

 

Organ System Pathophysiology

Neuroscience
MS-1

April 1, 2019-May 8, 2019
28 half days

Course Director
John Doyle, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
doylej@upmc.edu

Course Director
Cynthia Lance-Jones, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
clancej@pitt.edu

 

Course Description

The Neuroscience course provides the first exposure to the organ system approach to pathophysiology. The first of nine such courses, it covers normal and abnormal structure and function of the central nervous system and peripheral innervation of muscle.

The goals of the course are to:

  1. understand the principal structural and functional components of the central nervous system and their vascular supply.
  2. to introduce methods of neuroradiology and imaging techniques important to the study of brain function.
  3. to take a systematic approach to nervous system function and disease by focusing, in turn, on sensory and motor systems, learning, language, diseases that impact cognitive functioning, epilepsy, etc. using exercises to illustrate how normal functional organization is affected by specific types of disease or abnormal process.
  4. to recognize functional manifestations of classic neural disorders, and be able to explain their etiology. 

The 81 faculty are from 11 departments: Anesthesiology, Medicine, Neurobiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Psychiatry, and Radiology.

Educational Methods

 

Lectures Laboratory exercises Radiology reviews Self-study exercises
Problem-based learning Workshops Clinical conferences    

 

Curricular Themes

Cancer; Diabetes; Disability and secondary conditions; Infectious disease; Medical genetics; Mental health and mental disorders; Nutrition; Pain management; Rehabilitation/care of the disabled; Substance abuse; Vision and hearing.

Evaluation

Evaluation for the course is determined by exams (88%), a short essay (2%), and student participation in PBL sessions (10%).

Grading: The weighting of the course grade within a block grade is based on the length of the course. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Course Director John Doyle, MD, is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award. Course Director Cynthia Lance-Jones, PhD, is a recipient of the AAMC Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education, the Kenneth E. Shuit Master Educator Award, and the Excellence in Education Award. Edward A. Burton, MD, is a recipient of the Excellence in Education Award. Georgia K. Duker, PhD, is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award, and the Excellence in Education Award. Robert G. Kaniecki, MD, is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award. Bill J. Yates, PhD, is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition, Drs. Lance-Jones and Duker are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.