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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 05, 2023
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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This first organ systems block includes two courses: neuroscience and introduction to psychiatry. The neuroscience course provides a detailed, comprehensive survey of nervous system structure, function and dysfunction. Topics include sensory and motor systems, learning and memory, language, sleep and epilepsy, as well as brain imaging methods, vascular disorders, neoplasms, and infections of the central nervous system. Material is integrated across multiple disciplines including neurophysiology, neurology, pharmacology, neuropathology and neuroradiology. The goal is to provide a mechanistic understanding of normal and pathological brain function, and to teach methods of identifying and localizing major disease processes. The learning formats are lectures, laboratories, PBLs, case-based neurology conferences and self-study. Student evaluation is based on two written exams and PBL participation. The introduction to psychiatry course introduces students to common psychiatric illnesses and their assessment and treatment. There is a written exam and a final paper or presentation due at the end of the course. Student group attendance and small group participation are also included in the overall course grade, which will combine the two courses.
Academic Career: Medical School
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: S/U Basis
Course Attributes: School of Medicine Year 1

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