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Integration: Are We There Yet?

  • When July 28 , 2015, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Who Olivera Nesic, PhD

    Associate Professor, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, El Paso, Texas

  • Where Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, R1059
    2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

Dr. Nesic and colleagues have created a simple educational method intended to facilitate the cognitive integration of clinical and basic science in the preclinical phase of an undergraduate medical school curriculum. They used four cardinal clinical concepts as an organizing framework: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Causes, and Treatment(s). The team hypothesized that explicitly linking relevant basic science content to these four organizing clinical concepts would improve the clinical reasoning process by creating meaningful associations and thus strengthening the link between clinical concepts. Team members also hypothesized that such associations would facilitate the retrieval of the basic science knowledge that is essential for clinical reasoning. They implemented this approach both in neuroscience lectures, as an example of “vertical integration” between psychiatry and fundamental neuroscience, and in “integration sessions,” which incorporated clinical psychiatry with biomedical disciplines, such as pharmacology, neuroscience, neuroanatomy, genetics, and behavior.

Olivera Nesic, PhD

Olivera Nesic, PhD

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