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Clinical Sites

Students in the Syracuse and Binghamton group both rotate through inpatient, outpatient, and neurosurgery during their clerkship. The clinical sites for the Syracuse campus include University Hospital, University Hospital Clinical Campus, and Veteran’s Hospital. The Binghamton clinical sites include Neuro Medical Care Associates, Southern NY Neurosurgical Group, Comprehensive Stroke and Neuro-Endovascular Center, Binghamton General Hospital and UHS Wilson Medical Center.


The Neuroscience Clerkship is designed to expose students to a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and surgical rotations in Neurology.

Syracuse Sample Schedule Binghamton Sample Schedule
Week 1: Outpatient Neurology
Week 2: Inpatient Non-Stroke Service
Week 3: Inpatient Consult/NAR Service
Week 4: Neurosurgery
Week 5: Inpatient Stroke Service
Week 1: Outpatient Neurology
Week 2: Inpatient ICU Neuro Endo/CC
Week 3: Inpatient ICU Neuro Endo/CC
Week 4: Neurosurgery
Week 5: Outpatient Neurosurgery

Rotation Details:

  • Students should carry 2-4 patients at a time while on their inpatient rotations.
  • Students will share call throughout the clerkship at an average of 1 call shift per week. Call schedules will be discussed in further detail at clerkship orientation.
  • Lectures and conferences occur throughout the 5 week clerkship.
med students in standardized patient program

Standardized Patient Experience

Students are exposed to standardized patient experiences (SPEs) twice during their clerkship, with progressing complexity. These SPEs follow a review of the neurological exam during orientation which is designed to re-familiarize students with the standard neurological exam taught during the first and second year of medical school. Details regarding the SPEs are as follows:

Write Ups

Students are required to complete four write ups during their clerkship to be graded by attending of their choice. One write up must be problem focused, and two are formalized H and P’s. Problem focused write ups refer to notes directed toward particular problem but are usually not comprehensive. These are usually fulfilled with follow up encounters in outpatient settings, in the hospital, or consults. Formalized H and P’s are best fulfilled with new patients, in any setting. The discussion section in these write ups should note gaps in the current literature or knowledge in the field, as well as evidence based approaches applicable to patient care. Write Ups are a key part of the clerkship grade, as well as a method for formative feedback and evaluation.


Clinical evaluations contribute to a significant component of the clerkship grade. Students’ clinical performance is evaluated by attendings and residents against the clerkship learning objectives. Additionally, students are required to complete evaluations of their preceptors. Information and feedback from all evaluations is reviewed by the clerkship coordinator, clerkship director and department chair in ongoing development efforts.