International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences
The core strategy of the Continued Education Program for postdocs involves the parallel combination of theoretical and practical elements, both of which can also be taken independently.
Medical Neurosciences offers several formats for further developing practical teaching skills: The seminar series Advanced Problems and Topics in Neurosciences is especially suited for interested beginners, whereas more advanced postdocs can seize the opportunity to teach in the regular lecture curriculum or to design own elective seminar series (including examinations if wanted) as part of the Individual Focus module. The small size of our classes facilitates direct interaction between faculty and students. For all of these formats, interested postdocs will receive support in:
This seminar series accompanies and supplements the regular main lectures. It consists of individual small units of ~2h, aided by e-learning elements such as on-line tests and take home assignments.
In contrast to the main lectures, which deliver classical textbook knowledge, this module focuses on working with original literature and primary data, which are presented and discussed in interactive formats. This could include moderated student presentations, essays or journal-club like discussions of current scientific topics or classical publications. Faculty is supposed to give only a short introduction to the respective topic, and then concentrate on moderating the student activities rather than giving a classical lecture.
This format offers a large degree of freedom in the choice of topic and the depth to which it will be discussed. A usual elective has 5-15 individual session of ~2hours. Active participation of students in form of take home assignments, student presentations, journal club discussions etc. is required. E-learning tools can be easily incorporated and adapted to the needs of the respective faculty.
Examples for such electives can be found at www.neuroscience-berlin.de.
More advanced postdocs can participate in the regular, “core” lectures of the program and deliver a lecture (~4-6 hours total teaching time) on a topic in one of our three core modules: Basic Neurobiology, Neuropathophysiology, Clinical Neurosciences.
The content of this is relevant for examination, so designing and grading an appropriate exam is required in this format.