At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, behavioral science and psychiatry is taught through various forms of media. This page is dedicated to the innovative ways music can be used to review aspects of human behavior.
Reviewing the mental status examination (MSE) is a key component to any medical school curriculum that teaches psychiatry. One of the domains of the MSE is speech (a.k.a. thought process), aspects of which can be demonstrated through musical melody and lyrics. To reach this objective, learners at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School are introduced to the music of singer and song writer Billy Joel. Our didactic that creatively teaches aspects of the MSE has been presented at the national American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association annual meeting.