Advanced Study in Neurology

Sites: BIDMC
Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Alexandra Hovaguimian
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: BIDMCE - BI-Deaconess Med Ctr-East (1)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: This Advanced Neurology clerkship offers the opportunity to learn clinical Neurology beyond the basic, elementary level. Students work with more highly experienced neurologists on the consultation and ward services at BIDMC and may serve in a subinternship-type role, if desired and chosen. The student evaluates patients on those services, with supervision by Neurology residents and attending physicians. There is also the opportunity to see patients in the many busy General Neurology and subspecialty clinics. Students attend many clinical conferences and lectures, and there are teaching sessions solely for students. Beyond the General Neurology ward service, there are specialty units covering Epilepsy, Stroke, and an Intensive Care Unit. Students may modify the clerkship to suit individual interests within Neurology by electing to work in such areas as the Emergency room, several subspecialty Neurology clinics, and in the Behavioral Neurology unit. Call is every 4th night (with some flexibility).
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Neuroscience is included in attending rounds and other conferences, all heavily attended by the academic faculty. Also, the department chairman holds a weekly conference for students and residents in which clinical cases are discussed from a neuroanatomic, neurophysiologic, and basic neuroscience perspective.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Must be in the top 1/3 or so of students in the evaluation described above. Honors: Must do excellent work evaluating neurologic patients on the criteria described above. Satisfactory: Must show evidence of learning and achievement in the areas described above. Unsatisfactory: Do not demonstrate effort in learning in the areas above, or treat patients improperly.