Brain, Behavior & Movement (BBM)
Course Directors: (subject to change)
Course Description: BBM, lasting 12 weeks, is the final block before you go onto the wards. It is a combination of neurology, psychiatry, and muskuloskeletal units. The end-of-block exams take place in the 12th week. The course examines the structural, physiological, genetic, molecular, pharmacological, and behavioral processes that contribute to nervous system and movement function. It introduces neuro-psychiatric disorders and their pathophysiological substrates.
- Cased-Based Learning
- Medium sized groups (Neuroradiology, Locomotion, Pain-sharing, Hand, Fear of psychosis)
- Histology and Pathology Labs
- Gross Anatomy Lab
How to Succeed
- By this point, y’all are going to be experts in CBL and will be able to introduce and sift between best practices from your previous groups for your new CBL group.
- Keeping in mind that there is no weeklong winter break to study, it would be wise to start steady reviewing early on.
- Musculoskeletal anatomy and neuroanatomy will be a major focus in this block. The dissection load will also increase. Be sure to do your dissector readings before lab to be a useful group member, and review adequately as a significant portion of our quizzes in this block were anatomy questions.
- You may find it helpful to supplement your learning with resources from previous years, including lecture notes, which should be passed on to y’all through the Anchor.
- Don’t throw away your undergrad neuroscience books.
- This block is not as heavy on cancers, although it is still there.
- The cranial nerves are major focus that insidiously finds its way into many parts of the block. Whether it’s by making tables or drawing out pathways, make sure you have the cranial nerves down solid.
- You would also benefit from having a crystal clear grasp of the brachial plexus, the tracts of the spinal cord, the holes of the skull.