The MD-SEE program hopes:
- To put each student in contact with actual patients and the live experience of their medical condition.
- To teach students to research and to present how basic mechanisms of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology are altered by neurologic disease and how specific symptoms are produced.
- To make professional connections within the Department of Neurology for the students, including faculty, residents and medical students.
- To develop the foundation for presenting a scientific subject in the format of a national meeting.
- This course embodies the drama of students encountering serious diagnostic challenges and integrating them into a systematic solution embodied in publication quality diagnostic short reports and culminating in a professional level presentation. In summary, the goals for the students are: exposure, interpretation, integration, and presentation.
- Observe and participate in the patient-doctor relationship
- Develop the skills of clinical observation by accurately recording how patients describe their neurologic symptoms
- Learn how to formally present patients with neurologic disease to a critical audience
- Be introduced to the vocabulary of medicine and neurology
- Understand why we interview and examine patients the way we do
- Begin to correlate symptoms and abnormal neurologic signs to basic principles of neuroscience