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The central nervous system is the physical generator of thoughts, feelings, perception, and action. The nervous system is also the only system of the body commonly represented by an undergraduate major, and many medical students come to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania especially interested in neuroscience.
The Clinical Neuroscience Training program (CNST) was established at Penn to nurture interest and maintain students' intellectual involvement in the neurosciences throughout medical school. It is administered in conjunction with the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences and the Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center. The goal of the CNST is to train clinical neuroscience specialists who will participate at the forefront of clinical and academic practice, and disease oriented research. The program combines curricular enrichment in the neurosciences, mentoring, special extracurricular activities and research opportunities within the four-year medical school structure.