Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg: 4. 2. 1. Neuroscience Module

4. 2. 1. Neuroscience Module
4. 2. 1. Neuroscience Module
Second Clinical Year, Module offering 8x per year
ECTS-Credits: 8
Duration: 4 weeks
Language of Instruction: German
Course instructor/Office
The Module is subdivided into 6 sections:
• Section 1: Propaedeutics
• Section 2: "Palsies und Paraesthesias"
• Section 3: "Movement disorders"
• Section 4: "Headache and Painsyndromes"
• Section 5: "Impaired consciousness "
Section 6: Exams
The Neuroscience Module is a cooperation of several departments under the direction of the Department of
Neurology. Other departments involved are Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, Neuropathology, Psychiatry,
Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology and the respective departments of the associated teaching hospital as
well as some external lecturers.
1. 1. Contents:
Neurological-topical diagnostics, Neurological examination, taking the Medical History. These
contents are practised and reinforced by bedside-teaching. For the bedside-teaching the students are
separated into 4 groups. Each group has one session every week in one of the following departments:
Neurology, Neurosurgery or the Neurology department of one of the associated teaching hospitals
(Speyerer Hof/Kurpfalzklinik). The groups are established at the Introduction-Lecture on the first day
of the Module.
4. 2. 1. Neuroscience Module
Symptoms and Syndroms:
According to the new German Medical Licensure Act the medical training is supposed to be problem
based. In Heidelberg a catalogue of learning objectives was established. The contents are arranged
according to the main symptoms and syndromes. The training comprises systematic teaching and
problem-based tutorials. The topics "Vertigo", "Disorders of eye movements" and "Dementia" are
covered in interdisciplinary seminars. The students get to know the basics of Duplex Sonographie.
2. Objectives of learning and examaminations:
a. Basics of neuroanatomy, the symptom and sign orientated neurological examination.
b. To take an adequate medical history.
c. To establish the most likely diagnosis and differential diagnosis based on the results of the
Medical History and the neurological examination.
d. To identify the diagnostic and therapeutic options
3. Exams:
The new German Medical Licensure Act postulates practice orientated exams. Therefore the exams
consist of an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) and a MCQ (multiple choice
questionnaire). The OSCE comprises 5 stations. The MCQ consists of 40 questions (duration 90
For certification regular attendance of the courses is required. Furthermore students have to fill in and
hand in evaluation forms every week.