PWY140

Mind, Brain and Behavior

Sites: HMS
Director(s): Tamara Kaplan
Offered: June-July, Year I/II
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: This multidisciplinary course focuses on topics that range from basic neuroscience, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology to the clinical correlates of neurologic disease, diagnosis and psychopathology. The course content emphasizes clinical vignettes to highlight principles of localization of neurologic problems and analytical thinking while also incorporating neuropathology and neuroimaging. Students apply basic neuroscience and anatomy concepts to clinical scenarios. In addition to neuroanatomy, the course covers a wide range of neurologic disease categories including, stroke and cerebrovascular disease, movement disorders, seizures and epilepsy, neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis, dementia and neuro-oncology. An introduction to pediatric development is also covered. Psychiatric illnesses and symptom domains include mood, psychosis, anxiety and traumatic stress, substance use, and personality disorders. Psychiatric teaching emphasizes a patient-centered approach focused on individual experience of illness as well as biological, psychological, and social contributions to dysfunction and disability. CBCL sessions and psychiatric clinical skills teaching are augmented by site visits in which students practice psychiatric interviewing under the supervision of faculty at multiple HMS-affiliated clinical sites. Course Manager: Caitlin Hoey.