MS-1: Neuroscience

March 28, 2022-May 4, 2022
28 half days

Course Director
Claire Yanta, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology


Course Director
Cynthia Lance-Jones, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Neurobiology

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.

Course Goals:

  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. 

Educational Methods

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

Curricular Themes

Clinical Reasoning; Disability; Domestic violence/abuse; Human development/life cycle; Infectious disease; Mental health and mental disorders; Nervous system and special senses; Neuroanatomy; Neurology; Neuroscience; Pain management; Pathology; Physiology; Pharmacology; Radiology and Diagnostic imaging; Substance abuse; Vision and hearing.


Evaluation for the course is determined by quizzes, two exams, and student participation in workshop and PBL sessions.

Grading: This course comprises 70% of the grade for the Organ Systems Pathophysiology Block, Section 1. Grading for the section is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Course Director Claire Yanta, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award.  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. Schuit Master Educator Award, and the Excellence in Education Award. Edward A. Burton, MD, is a recipient of 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 Yates are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.