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Department of Neurology

Department of Neurology

Medical student clerkship


Department of Neurology
Academic Programs Coordinator
Lori Simperman



Neurology 450 — Vicki Wheelock, M.D., associate professor and instructor of record

This clerkship is a four-week elective designed for students in their fourth year. The clerkship is open to students who may be planning a career in neurology as well as those who plan to enter primary care fields, psychiatry, neurosurgery, otolaryngology or other fields where clinical experience in neurology would be helpful.

Course objectives

Course objectives for students are to:

  • Develop competence in documenting neurological history and performing an accurate and complete neurology examination
  • Learn about the clinical presentation and management of common neurological disorders
  • Become familiar with indicators and rationale for ancillary neurological testing such as neuroimaging and electrodiagnosis
  • Review and apply basic concepts from neuroanatomy and neuropathology

Neurology ward and consult teams

Students are assigned to two-week blocks on the neurology ward and consult teams. They will also spend one day a week in the outpatient clinic. Students will participate in teaching rounds with the ward, stroke and consult teams as well as participate in weekly neurology grand rounds and resident didactic sessions. Students who have a specific interest within neurology are encouraged to spend time in neurology subspecialties, including child neurology. 

Child neurology

Students can elect a four-week rotation in the child neurology service. This clerkship also allows participation in inpatient consultation and rounds, outpatient clinics, department grand rounds and resident didactic sessions.