Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center

Education & Training

Medical Student Education

Medical Student Education - Department of Neurology

Brain and Behavior Course
This course has attracted national attention as a model for integrated teaching of neuroscience to medical students. The course goals include:

  • Providing medical students with a broad overview of modern neuroscience and a basic understanding of neuroanatomy;
  • Introducing students to the clinical neuroscience disciplines;
  • Teaching basic clinical knowledge required by all physicians encountering patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders;
  • Integrating basic understanding of brain structure and function with associated clinical disorders. This course has attracted national attention as a model for integrated teaching of neuroscience to medical students.

Clinical Neuroscience Track (CNST)
The CNST was established at Penn as an initiative of the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences in 1993 to enhance the training of medical students interested in the clinical neurosciences. Its philosophy is to integrate diverse clinical and basic neuroscience approaches to better understand complex brain disorders. The CNST has continued to grow in medical student enrollment and participation, helping to promotes an increase in the numbers of students choosing neuroscience residencies and, ultimately, clinical neuroscience research careers.