Review the functional applications of neuroanatomy as needed by the physician and understand the relevance of the nervous system to clinical practice.


The study of neuroscience and neuroanatomy comprises a critical component of a physician’s training.  The primary objective for this course is to present the functional and clinical applications of neuroanatomy necessary for the practice of medicine. The clinician utilizes functional and structural knowledge of neuroanatomy in performing the neurological exam and interpreting the clinical symptoms of the patient to arrive at a correct neurological diagnosis. A strong foundation in neuroscience principles allows one to develop a logical approach to clinical diagnosis. Thus, the anatomical and physiological principles of neuroanatomy become of paramount importance. 

This section aims to present those principles without an overwhelming amount of structural detail in order to promote understanding of the relevance of the nervous system to clinical practice rather than rote memorization. Instead, the focus is on those structural details and applications that are required to interpret clinical scenarios involving the nervous system. ​These topics will provide a concise review of neuroscience information necessary for the student to succeed in the pre-clinical curriculum, successfully navigate the Step 1 exam, and move into clinical training. 

Jack L Wilson, PhD

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Memphis, Tennessee

Angela R Cantrell, PhD

Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Medical Education

University of Tennessee Health Science Center 

Memphis, Tennessee

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Course Includes

  • 12 Lessons
  • 9 Topics
  • 12 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate