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Summer Remediation Course for Medical Neuroscience

Course Co-Directors: Drs. Francis Sessler and Jed Shumsky

Introduction:
-We have developed a web-based summer remediation course for medical students who have received a failing grade during their initial course in Medical Neuroscience.
-The course has been successfully running for the last 9 years, recruiting students from more than 38 different medical schools.
-Students take the course on-line while remaining at their own institution.
-This course represent the course material from Medical Neuroscience in an accelerated fashion with additional supporting material to insure mastery of the topic.

Goals:
-To gain an understanding of the structural neuroanatomy of the central nervous system.
-To gain an understanding of the functional connections within the central nervous system.
-To acquire a clinical context to interpret new primary research being generated in the field of neuroscience.
-To deduce structure/function relationships in order to understand clinical diagnoses of various neurological conditions.

Eligibility:
-Open only to students who must be registered in an accredited U.S.A. Medical or Dental School, or equivalent, and who provide written approval from their Administrator (usually the Dean of Students).
-Students must also supply written assurance from their Administrator that a proctor will be supplied to administer the final exam.
-Prerequisites: completion of 1st year medical curriculum

Course Description:
-Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) offers a remedial course in Medical Neuroscience, which is taken on-line through the Web.
-Course name: Summer Remediation Course in Medical Neuroscience
-Tuition fee: $2200
-The course material is available from June 12th until July 14th with the final exam held on Friday, July 14th, 2017.
-The course includes:

  • Approximately 60 hours of streaming video
  • A course manual, which can be downloaded or viewed simultaneously with the streaming video.
  • Web-based interactive tutorials, quizzes, brain atlas, brains slides, animations and interactive diagrams.
  • A Medical School faculty member available for questions and answers via bulletin board, telephone, or email.

-The Course is divided into 6 sections, which will follow a progression (see syllabus) that students may access at their own pace:

  • Section I) Introduction
  • Section II) Spinal cord and Pathways
  • Section III) Brainstem and Cranial Nerves
  • Section IV) Sensory Systems
  • Section V) Motor Systems
  • Section VI) Cerebral Cortex and Limbic System

Examination:
-After each section the student takes a MCQ exam (containing both, questions directed at structures identified in brain sections, and questions from the lectures) to test his or her learning and understanding of the material taught.
-Each Section Exam is composed of 50 questions and lasts for 70 minutes (1.4 min per question).
-Each Section Exam is taken through WebCT and requires a computer.
-Success to each section exam is required in order to start the next section. If a student fails to obtain a grade of 70% or above in a Section Exam, he or she must retake the exam the following day. If he or she fails again, then the student may proceed to the next section, but that student will now be required to pass the material from that section on their comprehensive exam in addition to passing their final comprehensive exam at the end of the course.
-At the end of the course, students take a final comprehensive exam (July 14th, 2017) upon completion of the course material for a grade of Pass (70% and above) or Fail (69% and below). The final exam will consist of 84 questions (120 min). A printed copy of this exam will be sent to the student' s Dean to proctor to ensure proper conduct and to avoid any problems with course administration through the Web.

Evaluation
-A feedback questionnaire will be requested from each enrolled student to evaluate the course' s resources (Handouts, Streaming video lectures, Lecturers, Web resources, Exams, Help provided by the teaching faculty, Quality overall of the course, Areas of improvement, etc.)
-Success on the final exam will insure that the student has reached a level of proficiency in Medical Neuroscience, similar to that of other medical students in this institution
-Since overall the material taught and the tests used in this course are similar to those used in our normal Medical Neuroscience course, we expect students passing the Summer Remediation Course in Medical Neuroscience to be well prepared to continue their medical education.

Administration
-The course is packaged and administered within the frame of Blackboard Learn
-The course is offered through the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and all administrative tasks related to the course will be handled by the Course Directors.
-Final grades will be sent to the student' s Dean for confirmation of course completion as well as to the student.

Contact:
Jed Shumsky, PhD
Course Director, Summer Remediation Course in Medical Neuroscience
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Drexel University College of Medicine
2900 Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Phone: (215) 991-8736
Fax: (215) 843-9082
jshumsky@drexelmed.edu

Registration form: coming soon

Course Syllabus

Sections 1, 2, and 3 must be completed between June 12th and June 26th, 2017

Section 1 (Introduction):
Intro CNS (2h)
Action Potentials
Development of the Brain
Blood Brain Barrier
Neurons and Glia
Neuronal Degeneration and Regeneration
Neurohistology
Neurotransmitters
Tutorial on Gross Brain Lab
Review of Lab Slides
Exam Section 1

Section 2 (Spinal cord and pathways):
Neuronal Interactions (2h)
Spinal Cord and Pathways (4h)
Pain
Tutorial on Spinal cord
Tutorial on Pathways
Spinal Cord Review, Clinical cases, Diagnostics (2h)
Review of Lab Slides
Exam Section 2

Section 3 (Brainstem and cranial nerves):
Brainstem (3h)
Reticular Formation
Sleep and EEG
Tutorial on Brainstem Anatomy
Tutorial on Cranial Nerves
Tutorial on Brainstem blood supply and strokes
Brainstem Review, Clinical Cases, Diagnostics
Review of Lab Slides
Exam Section 3

Sections 4, 5, and 6 must be completed between June 27th and July 12th, 2017

Section 4 (Sensory systems):
Auditory System
Vestibular System
Visual System (2h)
Eye movements
Thalamus
Review of Lab Slides
Sensory Systems Review (2h)
Exam Section 4

Section 5 (Motor systems):
Motor Systems (4h)
Motor integration
Tutorial on Cerebellum
Tutorial on Basal ganglia
Motor Systems Review, Clinical Cases, Diagnostics
Review of Lab Slides
Exam Section 5

Section 6 (Cerebral cortex, Limbic system):
Hypothalamus
Tutorial on Hypothalamus
Limbic System
Tutorials on Memory, Emotion, Reward Circuit, Prefrontal cortex
Cerebral cortex (3h)
Tutorial on Cerebral cortex
Aging Brain and Alzheimer' s Disease
Cerebrovascular Disease
Cortex Review, Clinical Cases, Diagnostics
Horizontal Sections
Review of Lab Slides
Exam Section 6

Final Cumulative Exam on July 14th, 2017