ABOUT BASIC NEUROLOGY
Now in its seventh year, Basic Neurology is a weekend course that aims to ready basic physician candidates for the RACP written exam.
The course is taught by Dr Prashanth Ramachandran. Prashanth completed his neurology training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital and St.Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. He is currently at UCSF in San Francisco undertaking research and clinical work in neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunology. Prashanth has been heavily involved in teaching medical students and BPTs for many years and strongly believes that neurology can be demystified.
"Neurophobia" is an affliction (Jozefowicz, 1994) that results in many doctors actively avoiding neurology. Neurology has a daunting reputation due to hundreds of rare syndromes and overly detailed neuroanatomy. Prashanth believes that most neurology is actually simple, elegant, straightforward and even pretty fun when you understand the basics.
This course will ensure a thorough understanding of basic neurology in addition to relevant and complex concepts, taught in an un-complicated manner that is easy to understand and remember for the exam and ongoing medical practice. Recent landmark studies and research in the neurological field will also be integrated into the presentations.
A keen teacher and poor comedian, Prashanth deconstructs complex topics into easy-to-understand schemas to make neurology understandable to students of his Dark Art. His still-lingering fear from his own written exam allows him to focus on the most relevant and high yield parts of the specialty, allowing candidates to get the most out of the weekend.
The course will take place over 2 days and begin with the basics of neuroanatomy and lesion localisation before progressing on to core subjects. There will be numerous questions throughout the course as well as a trial exam at the end of day 2.
Introduction to neurology
Peripheral nervous system neuroanatomy
Peripheral neuropathy and NCS
Neuromuscular and EMG
Vertigo - New to 2020
Epilepsy and EEG
Prashanth is a wonderful teacher, fantastic storyteller and pretty good artist. His course made me wonder what all the fuss was about with neurology - the way he explains it demystifies the complicated parts and makes it all seem fascinating and simple. Most revision lectures are just a cold transfer of information to the audience but Prashanth explained everything so well and actively tried to make us understand the "why", often using multiple different approaches to explain difficult concepts. His diagrams in particular led to many aha moments. The teaching was peppered with clinical anecdotes which helps give us something to anchor our new knowledge to. I started the weekend with neurology being one of my weaknesses and I've come out of the course feeling confident that neurology is now one of my strengths. For two days that's pretty remarkable.
I rate the course 20/10!! Absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much! Not only has this helped me identify my gaps in my knowledge and fill them in, but also I fell it will make me a better registrar. I have never had such a fantastic teacher as Prashanth. He was fantastic at explaining, very engaging, approachable and above all excellent clinical examples that makes the theory more memorable.
Thanks so much for the course- it was the best prep course I've been to so far for exams, as I've heard from other people from previous and this year also. Not only useful from an exam perspective, but gave a really easily understood, memorable and simplified but still clinically valid approach to common neurological presentations that can be daunting to confront as a non-neurology inclined BPT.
Brilliant!! I both hate and never understood neurology for years and have been petrified of neurology in the exam. Now I both understand the material covered and feel the exam will be manageable. Loved your teaching style, I think you have a gift for holding our interest and highlighting what is relevent.
Refreshing to have such a non-judgemental, humble, humorous teaching style. Prashanth is well spoken and an engaging presenter clearly passionate about the topics and teaching.
Prashanth is an amazing teacher who is really interesting, charismatic and genuinely passionate about neurology. This was the best course I've been to, I wouldn't change a thing!
This was the best course I've ever attended. I came once as a BPT1 and I am back for the second time as a BPT2 just before the exam. I highly recommend the course. It's amazing, it makes neurology fun.
This was absolutely excellent!! I loved the clinical references throughout and this will help me remember things. The course was humorous, entertaining and had references to up to date information and is the only reference needed moving forward. This is an absolute must for every BPT.
Thank You!! Prashanth is an incredible teacher and this the the first course I have been to where the lecturer tries to teach rather than just provide information. Engaging, funny, very relevant to clinical practice as well as the exam.
Outstanding!! Very inspiring and enthusiastic teacher. I am not actually a BPT but heard your course was so good and thought I'd do it and I haven't been disappointed. Keep up the great work.
BD, not a BPT
Thanks so much!
This was a great course with the appropriate amount of depth and discussion for each topic. The clinical anecdotes were entertaining and made things easier to remember and the teaching style was awesome. The information included was right up to date and it was evident a lot of preparation had gone into the text and material covered. I'll be telling other BPTs back home to sign up next year!
Thank you for a wonderful course. I am a house officer and came prior to starting registrar work in order to gain more knowledge. It was incredibly well taught and at a very practical level. I feel more comfortable with neurology after having minimal exposure to it.
Like many other medical trainees, neurology was a very daunting subject. I had no real approach to fundamental questions such as 'where is the lesion'. This was born from a poor understanding of the relevant anatomy and how to apply this clinically to the patient in front of you. My other general neurology was also weak - mainly because whenever I have read about topics, I could not appreciate what are the really important aspects and concepts that are needed at my level of training. The Basic Neurology course was excellent at addressing all these issues. After the weekend, I feel I have a system for approaching neurological presentations and what are the key areas I must know as a medical registrar. Perfectly pitched for our level and I would wholeheartedly recommend this course.
Honestly, one of the best courses I have been on. Very well presented, the perfect course!
Prashanth teaches exceptionally well. The course is logical and topics are deconstructed in such a way that complex topics become simplified. The notes are tremendous and are a fantastic resource for the exams.
Fantastic Course!! Informative, succinct and well presented.
The course was fantastic. It took a really overwhelming topic and broke it down into easy to understand segments that will form the backbone of my ongoing neurology study. I learnt heaps and picked up lots of useful tips and tricks.
I wish we had been taught neurology with a clinical approach such as this course in med school, if I had then I would have wanted to become a neurologist. Thank you for taking away my fear of neurology and giving me the hope of at least recognising important neurological differentials.
Fantastic neurology course pitched at just the right level. Each topic was presented at a good pace and in an interesting fashion, never a dull moment throughout the whole course. Practical management tips as well as tips in general with regards to tackling the written and clinical course was a wonderful addition. Highly recommended
I passed the exam!!
There were questions from topics that were discussed during the course and I could answer the questions straight away. Highly recommend the neuro course especially for people like me who lack confidence in neurology.
An excellent job running and teaching in the course.
Probably the most knowledgable Neurology AT I have ever come across, you teach very well and you are definitely an asset to RMH.
One of the best prep courses for the BPT exam. A very exam focused course that covers most of the neurology topics you may need to know for the exam. Great lectures and notes, and all at a reasonable price. Thank you!
10/10 !! Best Neurology teaching of all the courses available.
September 5th & 6th 2020
Registrations will close on the 31st August or when the venue is at capacity
Glyn Davis Theatre
University of Melbourne
$440 ($400 + $40 GST)
Cancellations prior to August 31st will incur a $30 cancellation fee ($410 refund)
Cancellations from August 31st onwards will incur a $100 cancellation fee ($340 refund)
No refunds are possible from the 5th September onwards.
All attendees will receive a colour textbook covering all the course material and high yield material for the exams
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will provided on both days
Saturday: 0830 -1700
Sunday: 0800 - 1700
Morning Tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided on both days