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Nervous System Block


 

This 9 week course in the Fall semester covers the gross and microscopic anatomy of the nervous system, basic neurobiology and neurophysiology, pharmacology, neuropathology, and basic neurologic and psychiatric examination skills. Emphasis is on the relationship between basic processes and functional systems to clinical phenomena and behavior.

Block Directors:
Tom French, PhD
Steven Ojemann, MD

Coordinator:
Ellen Valentine (303-724-2069)

Course objectives

    • Understand the functional anatomy of the nervous system.
    • Understand the components of the neurologic exam, and demonstrate proficiency in performing a neurologic exam.
    • Be able to identify the constellation of deficits that result from a lesion in the nervous system at the following loci: muscle, neuromuscular junction, spinal cord, brainstem, basal ganglia, cerebellum, cortex.
    • Understand the major pathologic conditions that afflict the nervous system. Know the basic principles of diagnosis and treatment for these disorders.
    • Recognize the relationship between the structure of the nervous system and behavior.
    • Understand the difference between behavioral neurology and psychiatry. Recognize the different methods employed by each in the evaluation of behavioral disorders.
    • Understand the dynamics of synaptic plasticity, and how changing structure leads to changes in behavior.
    • Understand the overlap and differences between physical, pharmacologic, and behavioral manipulation of the nervous system.