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Summer Remediation Course for MD Students Medical Neuroscience

Course Co-Directors: Drs. Francis Sessler and Jed Shumsky


We have developed a web-based summer remediation course for medical students who have received a failing grade during their initial course in Medical Neuroscience.

The course has been successfully running for the last 10 years, recruiting students from more than 38 different medical schools.

Students take the course on-line while remaining at their own institution.

This course represent the course material from Medical Neuroscience in an accelerated fashion with additional supporting material to insure mastery of the topic.

Some modular options will be available for remediation involving multidisciplinary integrated courses. Please contact us for pricing and availability.

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  • To gain an understanding of the structural neuroanatomy of the central nervous system.
  • To gain an understanding of the functional connections within the central nervous system.
  • To acquire a clinical context to interpret new primary research being generated in the field of neuroscience.
  • To deduce structure/function relationships in order to understand clinical diagnoses of various neurological conditions.

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  • Open only to students who must be registered in an accredited U.S.A. Medical or Dental School, or equivalent, and who provide written approval from their Administrator (usually the Dean of Students).
  • Students must also supply written assurance from their Administrator that a proctor will be supplied to administer the final exam.
  • Prerequisites: completion of 1st year medical curriculum.

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Medical Neuroscience Course Description

  • Drexel University College of Medicine offers a remedial course in Medical Neuroscience, which is taken on-line.
  • Course name: Summer Remediation Course in Medical Neuroscience.
  • Tuition fee: $2200 (please contact us for pricing and availability for remediation involving integrated multidisciplinary modules).
  • The course material is available from June 11th until July 13th with the final exam held on Friday, July 13th, 2018.

The course includes:

  • Approximately 60 hours of streaming video.
  • A course manual, which can be downloaded or viewed simultaneously with the streaming video.
  • Web-based interactive tutorials, quizzes, brain atlas, brains slides, animations and interactive diagrams.
  • A Medical School faculty member available for questions and answers via bulletin board, telephone, or email.

The course is divided into 6 sections, which will follow a progression (see syllabus) that students may access at their own pace:

  1. Introduction
  2. Spinal cord and Pathways
  3. Brainstem and Cranial Nerves
  4. Sensory Systems
  5. Motor Systems
  6. Cerebral Cortex and Limbic System


  • After each section the student takes a MCQ exam (containing both, questions directed at structures identified in brain sections, and questions from the lectures) to test his or her learning and understanding of the material taught.
  • Each Section Exam is composed of 50 questions and lasts for 70 minutes (1.4 min per question).
  • Each Section Exam is taken through WebCT and requires a computer.
  • Success to each section exam is required in order to start the next section. If a student fails to obtain a grade of 70% or above in a Section Exam, he or she must retake the exam the following day. If he or she fails again, then the student may proceed to the next section, but that student will now be required to pass the material from that section on their comprehensive exam in addition to passing their final comprehensive exam at the end of the course.
  • At the end of the course, students take a final comprehensive exam (July 13th, 2018) upon completion of the course material for a grade of Pass (70% and above) or Fail (69% and below). The final exam will consist of 84 questions (120 min). A printed copy of this exam will be sent to the student' s Dean to proctor to ensure proper conduct and to avoid any problems with course administration through the Web.


  • A feedback questionnaire will be requested from each enrolled student to evaluate the course' s resources (Handouts, Streaming video lectures, Lecturers, Web resources, Exams, Help provided by the teaching faculty, Quality overall of the course, Areas of improvement, etc.)
  • Success on the final exam will insure that the student has reached a level of proficiency in Medical Neuroscience, similar to that of other medical students in this institution.
  • Since overall the material taught and the tests used in this course are similar to those used in our normal Medical Neuroscience course, we expect students passing the Summer Remediation Course in Medical Neuroscience to be well prepared to continue their medical education.


  • The course is packaged and administered within the frame of Blackboard Learn.
  • The course is offered through the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and all administrative tasks related to the course will be handled by the Course Directors.
  • Final grades will be sent to the student's Dean for confirmation of course completion as well as to the student.

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Medical Neuroscience Course Syllabus

Sections 1, 2, and 3 must be completed between June 11th and June 25th, 2018

Section 1 (Introduction):

  • Intro CNS (2h)
  • Action Potentials
  • Development of the Brain
  • Blood Brain Barrier
  • Neurons and Glia
  • Neuronal Degeneration and Regeneration
  • Neurohistology
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Tutorial on Gross Brain Lab
  • Review of Lab Slides
  • Exam Section 1

Section 2 (Spinal cord and pathways):

  • Neuronal Interactions (2h)
  • Spinal Cord and Pathways (4h)
  • Pain
  • Tutorial on Spinal cord
  • Tutorial on Pathways
  • Spinal Cord Review, Clinical cases, Diagnostics (2h)
  • Review of Lab Slides
  • Exam Section 2

Section 3 (Brainstem and cranial nerves):

  • Brainstem (3h)
  • Reticular Formation
  • Sleep and EEG
  • Tutorial on Brainstem Anatomy
  • Tutorial on Cranial Nerves
  • Tutorial on Brainstem blood supply and strokes
  • Brainstem Review, Clinical Cases, Diagnostics
  • Review of Lab Slides
  • Exam Section 3

Sections 4, 5, and 6 must be completed between June 26th and July 10th, 2018

Section 4 (Sensory systems):

  • Auditory System
  • Vestibular System
  • Visual System (2h)
  • Eye movements
  • Thalamus
  • Review of Lab Slides
  • Sensory Systems Review (2h)
  • Exam Section 4

Section 5 (Motor systems):

  • Motor Systems (4h)
  • Motor integration
  • Tutorial on Cerebellum
  • Tutorial on Basal ganglia
  • Motor Systems Review, Clinical Cases, Diagnostics
  • Review of Lab Slides
  • Exam Section 5

Section 6 (Cerebral cortex, Limbic system):

  • Hypothalamus
  • Tutorial on Hypothalamus
  • Limbic System
  • Tutorials on Memory, Emotion, Reward Circuit, Prefrontal cortex
  • Cerebral cortex (3h)
  • Tutorial on Cerebral cortex
  • Aging Brain and Alzheimer' s Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cortex Review, Clinical Cases, Diagnostics
  • Horizontal Sections
  • Review of Lab Slides
  • Exam Section 6

Final Cumulative Exam on July 13th, 2018

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