Core Clerkship Neurology

Credits: 4 CREDITS (Clinical Core)
Sites: BWH
Director(s): Kristin Galetta, Tamara Kaplan
Prerequisites: Year III standing
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: The goals of the clerkship include gaining confidence in the evaluation of neurological problems, especially in the performance of a complete and accurate neurological examination, familiarity with the use of neurological tests, including lumbar puncture, and neuroimaging procedures, EEG, EMG, nerve conduction velocity. There is a limited time during this core rotation to expand the knowledge concerning the diagnosis and treatment of common neurological problems. The first half day will be spent in orientation. During the month, students will be assigned to either the neurology inpatient or consultation service. They will function as part of a team with house staff and be expected to work up at least four patients per week. These workups will be reviewed, and students will participate in the patients' care. Students will also participate in daily teaching and ward rounds and in all hospital and departmental neurology conferences. There is a clinical ambulatory and neuropathological experience which is part of the rotation. All students will be given beepers and lockers for their personal belongings. The clinical clerkship is a component of PARTNERS neurological training program which involves the MGH and BWH house staff and officers. Also the hospitals in the Longwood Area participate in joint teaching exercises each week, including resident conferences and ground rounds.