Neurology Clerkship Overview

Neurology Clerkship

This is Neurology for the General Practitioner. Patients with neurological disease are seen in all primary care and specialty offices. All physicians should know the basics of taking a neurological history and performing an examination with the goal of localizing the lesion in the nervous system.

Goals of the Clerkship

To recognize and become familiar with common neurological diseases: their presentation, exam findings, evaluation, management and prognosis.

Neurology Clerkship Learning Objectives

(with links to BUCARES objectives in parentheses)

By the end of the Clerkship the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in performing and interpreting the neurological history and examination, i.e. the ability to recognize abnormal findings on the examination and put these together with the history to localize the lesion in the nervous system. (B,U,C)
  • Assess, formulate a differential diagnosis and propose initial evaluation and
  • management for patients with common neurological disorders. (U,R,S)
  •  Localize a lesion in the nervous system based on history and examination. (U)
  •  Recognize the indications and the information obtained from routine neurological tests such as lumbar puncture,
  • electroencephalography, electromyography, computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Also, to become familiar with the possible complications of these tests. (A,R,S,E)
  •   Describe routine treatments for neurological diseases (for example, pulse
  • intravenous steroids for the treatment of multiple sclerosis or plasmapheresis in the treatment of Guillain-Barre Syndrome) and the risks of these treatments. (U,A,R)
  •  Describe how end of life, cultural competency, and domestic violence issues are addresses in neurologic patients. (B,U,S) g. Discuss how health care disparities can affect underserved populations and impact medical care.  (B,A,S)