Medical Students

Neurology Clerkship

The Neurology Clerkship is a 4-week rotation at one of the following locations: Boston Medical Center, VA Boston Health Care Center, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Manchester VA Hospital, Mt. Auburn Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.

The goal of the clerkship is to teach the students how a Neurologist approaches diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases as well as being competent in 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 and interpreting a neurological examination.

Students will be able to demonstrate competency in performing and interpreting the neurological history and examination, be able to assess and formulate a differential diagnosis and propose initial evaluation and management for patients with common neurological disorders. They will learn to localize a lesion in the nervous system based on history and examination to guide the differential and diagnosis and will be able to describe routine treatments for neurological diseases and the risks of these treatments. By working closely with our very diverse range of patients and medical providers students will gain experience in cultural competency as well as gain a first hand understanding of how health care disparities can affect underserved populations and impact medical care. Students will work closely with their attendings and residents to become competent and confident in their neurology skills.


Katelyn C. K. Bird, MD
Clerkship Director