Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Clinical Neuroscience Training Program


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 within the Penn Medicine Translational Neuroscience Center. The goal of the CNST is to train translational neuroscientists who will participate at the forefront of clinical and academic practice, and/or disease oriented research. The program combines curricular enrichment in the neurosciences, mentoring, special extracurricular activities and research opportunities.

The CNST is open to all medical and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania who have an interest in translational neuroscience. Many students have had previous neuroscience experience but this is not a prerequisite for participation. Although the CNST was designed for four-year medical students, combined degree students and graduate students are welcomed to attend all events. By participating in the CNST, students gain greater understanding for the complexities of clinical research and appreciation for its importance.

The mission of the CNST is to provide excellent career development training for students in medicine, neuroscience, and related fields who aspire to become translational neuroscientists. This will be accomplished by:

  1. creating opportunities to participate in clinically relevant cutting edge research
  2. providing strong academic mentoring for the development of neuroscientific careers
  3. promoting productive intellectual crosstalk between basica and clinical neurosciences in an engaged student and faculty community