Since 2014, the NNCI has been developing resources for teaching and learning neuroscience relevant to the clinical practice of psychiatry. The goal of our Assessment Task Force is to develop a companion set of online questions to guide, assess, and reinforce learning.
We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis. Faculty and trainees are encouraged to apply. The application packet should include:
All materials should be uploaded here as a single file.
The Test Item:
The Question (or Stem) should be:
Answer Options should:
The following resources offer additional tips and checklists for writing multiple choice questions:
Collins J. Education techniques for lifelong learning: writing multiple-choice questions for continuing medical education activities and self-assessment modules. Radiographics. 2006 Mar-Apr;26(2):543-51. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16549616
Naeem N, van der Vleuten C, Alfaris EA. Faculty development on item writing substantially improves item quality. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2012 Aug;17(3):369-76.
What is the core pathophysiology in Fragile X Syndrome thought to be involved in memory impairment?
Answer: A. Abnormality in dendritic spine formation
Fragile X syndrome is due to an abnormally large number of CGG repeats on the X chromosome. This trinucleotide expansion silences the expression of a specific gene (FMR1) and its corresponding protein (FMRP). The resulting pathophysiology is an abnormality in dendritic spine formation; spines are elongated, tortuous, and densely packed, and they are thought to undergo rapid turnover.
For more information, please read: McCann RF, Ross DA. A Fragile Balance: Dendritic Spines, Learning, and Memory. Biol Psychiatry. 2017 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5712843/
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