Introduction to Our Department and its CID Work

Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

at Georgetown University

The CID efforts at Georgetown seek to discover and promote best practices for the training and mentoring of graduate students in the IPN. We explore ways to impart the skills needed to become successful mentors and educators, promote innovation and critical analysis, communicate with a diversity of audiences, and foster an expansion of intellectual horizons within our community.

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Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience began matriculating students in the fall of 1994. The purpose of the program is to train doctoral students for independent research and teaching in Neuroscience. It is the goal of the program to ensure that candidates for the Ph.D. degree obtain a background covering cellular, molecular, and systems approaches to Neuroscience, as well as receive training that brings them to the forefront of research in their particular area of interest. A series of required courses in Neuroscience, along with advanced electives, laboratory rotations, and original independent dissertation research form the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience..

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Our Faculty

The IPN at GU includes about fifty faculty members from both the medical and undergraduate campuses. We draw from Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Cell Biology, Center for Neural Injury and Recovery, Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics, Psychology, Psychiatry and Radiology. We continue to add more faculty as the diversity of our student's interests grow.

Faculty are dedicated to each and every student's success and provide a supportive environment while challenging students to grow intellectually. Members have been instrumental in listening to student's views of teachier and mentor training, allowing students to propose new ideas for teaching opportunities, obtaining mentoring experience, and creating a program that fits the dynamic needs of all students.

CID In Our Department

Our program has been in place for over a decade and has successfully graduated over 25 students with over 40 currently matriculating. We feel we have a strong curriculum and training opportunities, but we realize the need to examine teaching and mentoring practices within our own faculty and teaching these skills to students. We examine whether the needs of the students are truly being met by our program, and how we can change our practices to produce successful stewards of the discipline.

We first identified issues important to students and faculty by holding small focus groups, conducting surveys, and setting up an online discussion board with specific questions to address to try to define what a steward of the Neuroscience discipline means, the strengths and weaknesses of our program, and how members view the teaching and mentoring training.

At Georgetown our CID committee is primarily a student driven endeavor. Our committee meetings are held 2 times a month and are open to any IPN member and usually attended by both students and faculty. At each meeting we address concerns which are continually being reassessed through focus groups, student meeting input, and student achievement. Once we propose changes to existing programs or curriculum we design assessments and will examine the changes and suggest alterations based upon results.

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Exemplary Element: Intellectual Community

What are we doing?

Spring-Summer 2005

Organize an IPN Retreat: Projected for early September, to build community, get to know new students, hear outside speaker on teaching or mentoring.

Assess Changes to Core Neuroscience Class: Changes to structure, testing, and addition of Medical Neuroscience will be assessed based upon written and oral feedback, achievement on written comprehensive exam, and instructor input.

Revamp Orientation and Summer Course: Tasks include reworking the diagnostic exam, organization of orientation and some activities, implementing a stronger mentoring network, and incorporating more methods, techniques, and literature into the summer course.

Implement New Venues for Inellectual Community: Brand new TEATIME to discuss interesting issues, media presentation, books, policy, etc. concerning Neuroscience issues.

Increase Community Outreach: Utilize the diversity of populations in Washington DC to increase outreach to schools using Brain Awareness Week like programs, Mini Med School program to educate community about Neuronal diseases and disorders.

Advertise Opportunities for IPN students and faculty: We would like to condense all the meetings, networking opportunities, seminars, etc. into one document, such as increasing our IPN newsletter to a monthly distribution.

Innovation: Summer Program for Incoming Students

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