MCI initiative: curriculum modules (150 hours)
Module 1 Neuroanatomy
(Brain regions responsible for cognitive functions such as cortical lobes, hippocampus and, basal ganglia and limbic system)
Module 2 Cognitive Domains & Neuropsychology
(Executive functions, memory, language, attention, visuospatial functions)
Module 3 Cognitive Impairment, Dementias
(The spectrum of cognitive decline from age-related memory decline to mild cognitive impairment to all types of dementia, epidemiology, symptomatology, differential diagnosis, aetiology, risk factors and clinical findings)
Module 4 Brain Imaging and Biomarkers
(Principles of neuroimaging, computerized tomography (CT) Scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scan in normal aging and dementia)
Module 5 Management and Dementia Care
(Issues relating to dementia work up, diagnostic procedures, pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacological therapies)
Module 6 Elder Abuse, Legal Issues and Principles of Memory Clinic
(Different type of elder abuse, diagnosis, risk factors and ethical considerations in visiting a patient with dementia, such as preserving his/her autonomy while determining the level of support needed, balancing autonomy with support required, reacting appropriately) Principles and regulation of a standard Memory Clinic
Module 7 Dementia Research and Registry
(Special considerations and challenges in dementia research, research, regulations of maintaining a standard dementia registry)
Workshop Case Discussion
(Case discussion on different types of dementia based on the case history, clinical findings and neuroimaging in a teamwork context)
Final Exam Exam
(Based on theoretical issues of the course and OSCE method). The exam was designed based on the MCI Project lecturers. It was conducted as a standard examination and the score of each participant was compared to the same group of participants, i.e. neurologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists were given relative scores to their peers within each category)