A Case-Based Neuroanatomy Laboratory on the Neurobiology of Psychiatric Conditions for Second-Year Medical Students


A case-based laboratory event integrating neuroanatomy, neuroscience, and psychiatry was implemented into a pre-clerkship psychiatry-based course for second-year medical students. Learners rotating through lab stations to work on different cases to make interdisciplinary connections among these fields is an innovative way for them to integrate foundational neurology, neuroanatomy, and psychiatry concepts.

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We thank the anatomy director Dr. Wendy Lackey-Cornelison for her support of this innovation in the curriculum.

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KAPS designed the new laboratory event for the course, and the cases were created and facilitated by KAPS, PJV, and DRR. KAPS drafted the manuscript with critical revisions provided by PJV and DRR. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Kirsten A. Porter-Stransky.

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Porter-Stransky, K.A., Vollbrecht, P.J. & Riddle, D.R. A Case-Based Neuroanatomy Laboratory on the Neurobiology of Psychiatric Conditions for Second-Year Medical Students. Med.Sci.Educ. 31, 15–16 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-020-01171-0

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  • Psychiatry
  • Neuroscience
  • Anatomy
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Medical education
  • Neuropharmacology