Clerkship Program

Faculty members at the Department of Neurology are greatly involved in the teaching of medical students in the undergraduate programs and the interns, residents and fellows in the post-graduate programs.

Med I

Members of the division participate in teaching first year medical students by giving lectures in the Introductory Multidisciplinary Neuroscience course, in collaboration with basic scientists in the departments of human morphology and physiology.

Med II

The Department of Neurology is involved in the teaching of the Neuroscience course: Brain and Cognition (IDTH 230). The course is given in the form of didactic lectures and case discussions. This course is intended to provide preclinical medical students with an integrated approach to the structure and function of the nervous system. Basic principles of neuroanatomy, neurocytology, neuroembryology, neuroradiology, neurophysiology, and neurology will be related to the function of the normal and diseased human nervous system, and the action of drugs. Concepts in social and preventive medicine, epidemiology and medical ethics are explored in relation to diseases of the nervous system.

Med IV

  • Description of Med IV Rotation
    This is a 4-week long clerkship that builds on previous neuroscience knowledge that the students learned in their first 2 years of medical schooling, and aims at developing the students’ clinical neurology knowledge andskills.

  • Clerkship Director and Coordinator
    Dr. Samer D. Tabbal, Associate Professor of Neurology

  • General Goals
    This rotation assumes that you have already learned how to obtain a complete general medical history and to perform a complete neurological exam. I strongly recommend that you review the syllabus on Moodle titled “Basis of clinical neurology for Med III and Med IV students” as it contains most of what you really need to know before starting the neurology rotation. This syllabus also contains most of what you need to know to do well on the NBME end of the year exam.

    The general goals of the Med IV neurology rotation are:
    • To expose the student to a wide variety of patients with a wide spectrum of neurological disorders in the context of out-patient and in-patient settings.
    • To teach the students how to take a complete medical history with focus on common neurological chief complaints.
    • To refine the student’s skills at performing a complete neurological exam.
    • To introduce the students to localization in clinical neurology based on the history and neurological exam.
    • To introduce the students to building a differential diagnosis in neurological patients.
    • To introduce the students to generating an evidence-based therapeutic approach to the patients’ neurologic problems.
    • To teach the students skillful communications with patients, families, members of the housestaff team, attending physicians and nurses.
    • To expose the students to literature searching and evidence-based medicine.
    • To expose the students to the ethical and psychosocial issues commonly encountered in the care of neurology patients.

Elective Rotation in Neurology

The division offers a one-month elective in neurology to medical students and residents from other departments including internal medicine, family medicine, and neurosurgery.

Graduate Training

Members of the division are involved in supervising thesis work of graduate students in basic neuroscience.