Program Goals

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.

Educational Objectives:

  • 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