The teaching mission of the Department of Neurological Sciences is to effectively communicate the current state-of-knowledge in neuroscience, anatomy and physiology to a diverse population of learners at the University of Vermont, the University of Vermont Health Network and to the health sciences community at large. We utilize innovative teaching methods, including independent, active and experiential learning opportunities, in order to foster the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our goal is to support lifelong learning in the pursuit of, and in the course of, successful careers in biomedical science, scientific research and clinical practice.
The Department is actively involved in medical student education across all four years of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum. At the Foundations level, faculty teach in the Foundations of Clinical Sciences, Neural Science, and Cell and Molecular Biology courses. During the Clinical Clerkship level, students rotate through a three-week Neurology Clerkship clinical experience with an additional one-week bridge of Neurology-Psychiatry based clinical didactics. Senior selective offerings include research opportunities, Acting Internship inpatient experience, and subspecialty neurology offerings.
Student Interest Group in Neurology
The Student Interest Group in Neurology, SIGN, is an interest group intended to promote medical student awareness and interest in the clinical neuroscience. This group hosts a series of lectures, career seminars, clinical case reviews on core and cutting edge topics in the neuroscience field. Contact Ann Augustine, SIGN faculty advisor, or Andrew Ng, SIGN president, for more information. Learn More
Department faculty are actively involved in didactic lectures, seminars, journal clubs, laboratory rotations and serve as research mentors for predoctoral trainees in The Neuroscience Graduate Program, as well as programs in the Graduate Medical Sciences. See COURSE LIST for a full list of courses.
Faculty have a significant role in the education of undergraduates, teaching Anatomy and Physiology and Neuroanatomy during the academic year and providing research training opportunities during the academic year as as during the summer. See COURSE LIST for a full list of courses.
Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SNURF)
These fellowships offer an exciting opportunity to join state-of-the-art laboratories and discover the world of neuroscience research. Students participate in investigations of how the nervous system develops, functions and repairs itself after injury; get hands-on training in molecular, cellular, anatomical, physiological approaches; and gain valuable experience before entering graduate or medical school. Learn more
Community Medical School
Designed to share the medical learning experience with our greater community, the Community Medical School is a series of weekly lectures held twice yearly. The topics are chosen for their relevance and presented by College of Medicine faculty experienced with presenting scientific information in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner. Neurological Science faculty present regularly, visit Community Medical School to learn more.