The brain and behavior block provides an introduction to the normal anatomy, physiology, and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Relationship of the nervous system’s structure and function to the pathophysiology of common neurological and psychiatric disorders.
1. Identify the gross anatomical features of the head and neck in adults and during embryologic development. 2. Identify the major anatomic features of the brain from the fetal period to adulthood. 3. Describe the essential mechanisms through which the nervous system mediates sensation, movement, language, cognition, behavior, and autonomic function. 4. Recognize the major signs, symptoms, etiologies, and pathophysiology of nervous system disorders in Neurology, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry. 5. Demonstrate the major elements of a psychiatric interview, mental status exam, neurological exam, gathering and analysis of clinical and patient write-up. 6. Illustrate basic mechanisms of action, classes of agents, and comparative pharmacology of agents used in the treatment of neurologic and psychiatric disorders. 7. Identify differences between normal neurological and mental processes and disease states. 8. Apply bio psychosocial and development models to diagnosis and treatment of neurologic and psychiatric disorders. 9. Illustrate the effect of mental health and health care policies on mental health and housing on the health status of patients with mental illness, including the homeless. 10. Apply the fundamentals of medical ethics to clinical cases, interactions with colleagues, patients, faculty, and in all curricular activities. 11. Discuss individual and population-based effects of behavior, development, psychosocial and socioeconomic factors on health, disease incidence, prevalence, and therapy efficacy as they relate to the neurologic and behavioral disorders. 12. Demonstrate thoughtful use of peer-reviewed resources and evidence-based recommendations in discussions of neurologic and psychiatric disorders pathophysiology and treatment. 13. Demonstrate the qualities required to sustain life long personal development and professional growth. 14. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration with patients, families, peers, and healthcare professionals. 15. Demonstrate proficiency in oral case presentation and written case documentation. 16. Demonstrate awareness and appropriate responses to social and cultural aspects of health and disease.