Welcome to Learning Neuropsychiatry, a free neuropsychiatry curriculum consisting of 10 interactive e-learning modules each 25-35 minutes long developed specifically for psychiatry trainees (though we feel these would be useful for neurologists and primary care doctors as well). Topics include the neurocognitive exam, cognitive screening tests, neurocognitive disorders, and movement disorders. While we recommend completing them in order, feel free to complete any modules that are interesting to you!
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As part of psychiatry residency training in the United States, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education mandates that residents complete two months of full-time clinical neurology training. This requirement reflects the pervasive scientific and clinical overlap between neurology and psychiatry. In researching how this requirement is implemented by residency programs, it became clear to us that many psychiatry residents complete neurology rotations in settings that may not be high yield for their learning needs (e.g. the neurologic intensive care unit), with limited exposure to neuropsychiatric disorders, and without didactics tailored to the neurology they may practice in psychiatric settings. We believe the potential deficits in neurology training for psychiatrists is a serious problem. Disorders at the interface of neurology and psychiatry—dementia, for instance—are common, debilitating, and expensive.
With funding from the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, we developed this electronic curriculum to ensure psychiatrists get directed training in neuropsychiatric disorders to complement their neurology training. We tailored the curriculum to conditions psychiatrists may care for in clinical psychiatry settings—neuropsychiatric disorders with significant cognitive, affective, and behavioral manifestations. These modules can be completed remotely online on a range of devices. Topics include the neurocognitive exam, cognitive screening tests, neurocognitive disorders, and movement disorders.
As we were creating the modules, we realized that while this was made for psychiatry residents, we think this would also be useful for neurologists as well as primary care doctors who take care of patients with dementia. To that end, this curriculum is open to an interdisciplinary range of clinicians who have interest in and provide care for patients with neuropsychiatric disorders.
Each module takes about 25-35 minutes to complete. We recommend completing them in the order as listed though feel free to complete any modules that are interesting to you! And please give us feedback so we can update the modules to best meet all learner needs.
Nuri Jacoby is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and an attending neurologist at Maimonides Medical Center. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate and then completed his residency and fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is the associate clerkship director and associate program director at SUNY Downstate and he is passionate about both undergraduate and graduate medical education.
Dan Shalev is an instructor in medicine and an instructor in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medicine and then trained as a psychiatrist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center where he was chief resident and completed his consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship. He subsequently completed a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship through the bicampus New York Presbyterian-Cornell and Columbia fellowship program. His research focuses on interdisciplinary education and integration of care between psychiatry and other fields including palliative medicine and neurology. He has a long-standing interest in medical education research and workforce development.
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