Date Posted: March 22, 2018
Contributing Author: Erica Baller, MD
Overview: A central tension for teaching neuroscience to psychiatry residents lies in finding the balance between advanced concepts and foundational knowledge. Though all residents have learned basic neuroscience in medical school, this may have been many years prior and comfort with this material may have eroded due to a lack of reinforcement during clinical training experiences (either in medical school or in residency). This module is designed to reinforce foundational knowledge and, in the process, set the stage for more advanced learning. Each session consists of a brief, experiential exercise that will help learners develop mastery of basic content (e.g. basic neural circuits or molecular/cellular details of neurotransmission).
Author Affiliation: Erica Baller, MD, is a PGY-3 resident at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2016-17 NNCI Scholar. Joseph J. Cooper, MD and David A. Ross, MD, PhD were contributing editors for this session on pain pathways. The National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative is a collaborative effort with the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning and receives grant support from the NIH (R25 MH101076 02S1 and R25 MH086466 07S1) ©National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative.