Medical Student Education
Medical Student Curriculum in the Department of Psychiatry consists of two major learning experiences. The first, the Mind, Brain and Behavior course, is offered during
the first year . The second, the Psychiatry and Neurology Clerkship, is offered during the third
year. Both experiences are developed and presented in close collaboration with
the Department of Neuroscience.
MIND, BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
Mind, Brain and Behavior (MBB) is an integrated course that
ranges from basic neuroscience, which includes neuroanatomy, neurophysiology,
neurochemistry, and neurotransmitter functions, to behavioral correlates of
neural structure and function, clinical correlates of neural dysfunction, neurological
diagnosis, and psychopathology. The faculty is drawn from the Department of
Neurology and Neurosciences and the Department of Psychiatry, with other departments participating as appropriate.
The course synthesizes basic science and clinical aspects of the knowledge that
we have acquired in the neurosciences and behavioral sciences and utilizes this
body of knowledge to provide a better understanding of disorders of the nervous
and behavioral systems. The teaching modalities emphasize active student participation.
Information on key topics is provided in the form of lectures, small-group sessions
which utilize case-history presentations, as well as laboratories in neuroanatomy.
Buprenorphine Training Course
This is a federally-approved, free buprenorphine training course for third-year NJMS students. Physicians who complete this official 4.5-hour course (plus a 3.5-hour Internet component) are eligible to apply for a permit to prescribe buprenorphine (SAMHSA.gov or AAAP.org) for the treatment of opioid use disorders from their own offices. The course is taught by Drs. Petros Levounis and Erin Zerbo. Buprenorphine is an FDA-approved medication, a partial agonist of the mu opioid receptor, which has revolutionized the treatment of patients who suffer from addiction to heroin and prescription opioid pills.
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Steven S. Kamin, MD, Associate Professor
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The basic science and clinical lectures are
designed to convey the essential knowledge base to the students. Wherever appropriate,
efforts have been made to link neural structure and function with behavioral
processes and clinical disorders.
and Small Group Sessions:
The laboratory sessions include anatomical examination of the human brain as
demonstrated in whole and dissected brains.
Small Group Sessions: These
include sessions on neuroscience, behavioral science, and neuro- and psycho-pathology
in which a case-history format is utilized to review basic information in the
neural and behavioral sciences. These small group sessions will provide insight
into the nature of neural and behavioral disorders as well as the relationships
between neural and behavioral processes.
To gain an understanding of the structural and functional
organization of the nervous system
To acquire knowledge of the gross brain morphology and neuroanatomy
of the central nervous system, including the development of the central nervous
system, blood supply, ventricular system and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and their
To develop an understanding of the anatomy and functions
of sensory and motor systems, including analysis of their pathways and control
mechanisms in relation to the principles of neural function, the neurological
examination, and localization of neurological lesions.
To know the functional properties of the nervous system in
relation to normal and abnormal processes, including memory, sleep, emotions,
endocrine functioning, feeding and drinking and their relationships with behavioral
functions and disorders.
To have exposure to brain imaging (i.e. CT, MRI, PET, angiography)
for clinical purposes.
To become acquainted with the basic principles of the neurological
To become familiar with the epidemiology, etiology, clinical
manifestations, diagnostic procedures and treatment of common neurological disorders,
including upper and lower motor nerve disorders, disorders of the cerebellum,
paraplegias, neuropathies, neoplasms, stroke, dementia, aphasia, pain syndromes,
Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and sleep disorders.
To gain an understanding of the stages of the life cycle,
including infancy, toddler and preschool age, school-age, adolescence and adulthood.
To become familiar with the basic principles of psychiatric
To learn about the epidemiology, etiology, clinical manifestations,
diagnostic procedures and treatment of common psychopathological syndromes,
including schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety
disorders, somatoform disorders, personality disorders, disorders related to
substance use, pain disorders, sleep disorders, factitious disorders, eating
disorders, dementia, delirium, and childhood disorders.
To become acquainted with neuropsychological testing.
To receive an introduction to the foundations and basic principles
To learn basic principles concerning the pharmacology of
clinically important drugs, including anti-epileptics, antidepressants, antipsychotics,
anxiolytics, and drugs of abuse.
To gain an appreciation of neurobehavioral functions and dysfunctions.
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