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Core Clerkship in Neurology

This clerkship introduces students to the discipline of neurology by providing a broad exposure to the fundamental elements related to delivering clinical care to a neurological patient and the fundamental concepts associated with ethics, research and education in neurosciences. Students rotate through inpatient and outpatient clinical sites. Instruction occurs through direct patient contact, bedside teaching, simulation and physical examination teaching associates and student conferences.

PRECEDE Overview

The objective of NeuroPRECEDE (Pre-Clerkship Education Exercises) is to prepare medical students for their clinical neurology experience by highlighting essential elements of the discipline. Emphasis is placed on developing and sharpening the skills required when performing a neurological exam as well as introducing fundamental knowledge and principles valuable in any clinical setting no matter the specialty. Through small-group sessions, interactive/hands-on practicums and engaging lectures by top faculty in the department, students are taught skills designed to enhance the Neurology Clinical Clerkship experience.

Core competencies are addressed via interactive hands-on and simulated sessions such as:

  • The Lumbar Puncture Workshop
  • Neuro “Bootcamp” lecture series, comprised of The Abnormal Neuro Exam, Examining the Pediatric Neurology patient, and Movement Disorders
  • Clinical Reasoning in Neurology interactive online curriculum

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize common neurological disease presentations.
  • Elicit a general and focused neurological history.
  • Proficiently perform an essential neurological screening exam in less than 10 minutes.
  • Localize a lesion based on clinical information.
  • Generate a differential diagnosis for common neurological complaints.
  • Develop a practical approach to the evaluation and management of common neurological complaints.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the common indications and interpretations for neurological diagnostics (i.e. EEG, EMG, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, lumbar puncture, CT and MR imaging of the brain and spinal cord).
  • Recognize and appropriately respond to neurological emergencies.
  • Be familiar with the ethical and psychosocial issues commonly encountered in the care of neurologically ill patients.
  • Become familiar with medications used to treat neurological disorders (indication/methods of action/side effect profiles/interactions).

Clerkship Director

Photo of Dr. Rachel Marie E Salas, M.D.

Salas, Rachel Marie E, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology

Assistant Director

Photo of Dr. Christopher Brandon Oakley, M.D.

Oakley, Christopher Brandon, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Time Commitment and Clerkship Length

This clerkship runs for four weeks and is always paired with the core clerkship in Psychiatry to complete an eight-week core.

Clinical Sites for this Clerkship

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