This collection of resources is intended to bridge the gap between the classroom and the clinic in order to bring an understanding of neuroscience to the day-to-day practice of psychiatry. Although these resources could be used in the classroom or for self-study, they are particularly suited to teaching in clinical settings. The “Clinical Neuroscience Conversations” collection includes short teaching videos, each 10 minutes or less, directly linked to a hypothetical clinical scenario. Loosely modeled on the “One Minute Preceptor,” these resources can be used with trainees in the moment, with minimal preparation, and adapted for discussion of real-world cases. “Talking Pathways to Patients” takes this a step further and incorporates language for discussing underlying neuroscience concepts with patients. Sessions are specifically intended to highlight the relevance of cutting edge neuroscience to the practice of psychiatry and the illnesses we treat. Click the tabs on the left to explore.
Bridging neuroscience to the clinic.
This session uses a case vignette involving a person with psychosis to introduce the concept of salience and discuss different pathways for conceptualizing the neural basis of auditory hallucinations. Launch Session
This session uses a case vignette involving a person with both psychotic and affective symptoms to introduce the concept of biotypes and discuss the related underlying biology of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder endophenotypes. Launch Session
Epigenetics & Trauma: This session uses a case vignette involving a person with borderline personality disorder to introduce the concept of epigenetic and discuss the long-term neurobiological consequences of early trauma. Launch Session
This session uses a case vignette involving a person with anxiety symptoms to introduce the concept of and discuss how witnessing traumatic events can produce long-term brain changes. Launch Session
This session uses a case vignette involving a person with PTSD and alcohol use disorder to discuss the underlying neural circuitry of PTSD. Launch Session
This module focuses on development of professional communication with diverse – at times even skeptical – stakeholders about the role of neuroscience in psychiatry. The session is designed to allow us to explore the challenges we face as ambassadors of neuroscience and to brainstorm constructive approaches for dealing with these situations. Launch Session
This module involves a demonstration and teaching session about the reward circuit: its key regions, their normal function, the impact of heroin, and how it can inform treatment options. Participants then role-play the explanation of the reward circuit to a patient based on a vignette Launch Session