MD Courses — Neurosciences

First year

Instructors: David C. Van Essen, PhD, 362-7043; Krikor Dikranian, MD, PhD, 362-3548; Timothy E. Holy, PhD, 362-0086; (Co-Coursemasters)
Neural Sciences is an intensive seven-week course that covers the structure, function and development of the nervous system as seen from molecular, cellular and systems-oriented perspectives. The emphasis is on the organization and function of the nervous system in health, but there is frequent reference to the clinical relevance of material presented. The course includes regular lectures, conference sessions and laboratories, plus a number of clinically oriented presentations. Computer-aided instructional programs, accessible from a variety of locations, provide auxiliary modes of self-paced learning and review. The midterm and final emphasize the core body of important facts and principles presented in lectures and laboratories. (SPRING ONLY).

M05 501B THE HUMAN BODY: ANATOMY, EMBRYOLOGY AND IMAGING
Instructor: Glenn C. Conroy, PhD, 362-3397
The course is based largely on the dissection of the human body. Lectures on functional and topographic anatomy emphasize the principles of organization of the various systems of the body. Lectures on developmental anatomy stress organogenesis as an adjunct to understanding the normal and abnormal anatomy. An extensive museum of labeled dissected specimens is housed in the dissection room for ready reference by students who encounter abnormalities or variations in their dissections. Frequent use of CT, MRI, and X-ray images aid in the synthesis of knowledge gained through dissection. Small group discussions emphasize radiological anatomy and clinical correlations. This course is restricted to first year medical students, but limited space is sometimes available for nonmedical students enrolled in the PhD program with instructor’s permission. Cross-listed with L41 (Bio) 501.

M05 502A01 HISTOLOGY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Instructor: Paul C. Bridgman, PhD, 362-3449
The structures of cells, tissues, and major organ systems are studied in relationship to their functions. Lectures integrate histology with cell biology and physiology. The laboratories consist of the study of prepared slides and electron micrographs using an iBook or eBook (ePub) guide. An extensive online digital annotated atlas (Slide-Atlas.org) and a video library are used to supplement the slides and electron micrographs. Presentations of case studies provide examples of clinical relevance. A dual-view microscope and slide set will be issued for each pair of students. Limited space is available for non-medical students, who must have permission from the coursemaster to enroll. The topics in this course are timed to integrate with the physiology course and span the fall and winter semesters.

Selectives

M04 552 GENETICS AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF ION CHANNELS
Instructor: Lawrence B. Salkoff, PhD, 362-3644
A functional genomics approach to studying membrane excitability. How the new DNA sequence data from genomic and EST sequencing projects can be exploited to get a comprehensive picture of gene families that contribute to membrane excitability. How DNA sequence data can contribute to understanding questions of physiology, development, regulation and structure-function relationships.

Fourth year

Electives

The department offers a number of graduate-level courses that may be taken as electives by medical students. The department participates in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, which also offers courses relevant to anatomy and neurobiology.

These course descriptions are presented in the section on Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

L41 (Bio) 5571 CELLULAR NEUROBIOLOGY
L41 (Bio) 5651 NEURAL SYSTEMS
L41 (Bio) 590 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Note — The number preceding the course title indicates that the course is offered by the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences and carries credit in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

M05 810 / ADVANCED DISSECTION
Instructor(s): Staff, 314-362-3397
Location: North Building
Elective Contact: Glenn Conroy, PhD, 314-362-3397
Other Information: Self Study. High Pass/Fail. Contact Dr. Conroy one week prior to the start of the elective.
Enrollment limit per period: 20
Valid start weeks for four-week blocks are: Weeks 33 and 37.

Different regions of the body will be dissected in detail. A period of four weeks should be allowed for each region: head and neck, thorax and abdomen, and superior and inferior limbs. Surgical approaches, cross-sections, X-rays, and CT scans can be studied.

Student time distribution: A minimum of 40 hours is required
Major teaching responsibility: N/A
Patients seen/weekly: N/A
On call/weekend responsibility: N/A