At the completion of the first year of coursework, IPN students must pass a written comprehensive examination. This essay-based examination covers a variety of topics in neuroscience (e.g., molecular, cellular, developmental, neuroanatomical, physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and clinical), and requires that students have a firm grasp of basic factual information while applying analytic and synthetic skills necessary for a career in science.
The core courses in neuroscience serve as the sources of background information for the examination. Each of the modules in the neuroscience core course are reflected in the questions on the examination.
The goals of the written exam are to evaluate the student's ability to:
- Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of neuroscience.
- Demonstrate the communication skills required to present and explain scientific ideas in written format.
- Synthesize, analyze, and present information taught in the core courses in neuroscience.
Students failing to maintain a 3.0 average or who have not completed rotations satisfactorily will not be permitted to take the exam. More information about specific requirements and expectations is available in the student handbook.