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The Neuroscience Clerkship objectives are linked to the College of Medicine’s Graduation Competencies and Educational Program Objectives. At the completion of the clerkship, students will be able to complete the following objectives:

Patient Care

  • Elicit an accurate, patient centered history and perform a neurological examination.
  • Use clinical knowledge and data interpretation skills to construct a problem focused neurologic differential diagnosis.
  • Conduct a focused and comprehensive patient encounter for common acute and chronic neurologic conditions.
  • Recognize neurological and neurosurgical emergencies, and their relationship to common presentations, and use current scientific knowledge to prioritize intervention.
  • Interpret history, exam, labs & radiography to formulate anatomical localizations & mechanisms of disease.

Medical Knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge of scientific principles underlying normal neurologic function and mechanisms of disease through the NBME and standardized patient examinations.
  • Understand the effects of disease that produce common neurologic symptom complexes and apply this to clinical inquiry and examination.
  • Identify appropriate treatments for common neurological diseases and presentations.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Establish rapport, speak respectfully, and express empathy with patients in standardized and clinical settings.
  • Provide timely, clear and accurate written and oral information about patients on clinical rounds and computerized medical record.


  • Demonstrate to clinical faculty ethical and professional behaviors and choices in all settings as a medical student.
  • Demonstrate professional responsibility through compliance with regulatory requirements of the university and profession.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

  • Identify gaps in knowledge and utilize resources and technologies to improve knowledge and skills demonstrated in patient write-ups and case presentations.

Learning Objectives are assessed through patient write-ups, the standardized patient examinations, clinical evaluations, and the National Board of Examiners shelf examination. The Neuroscience Clerkship syllabus posted on Blackboard includes further details regarding assessment and grading.