As the new academic year begins, it is appropriate to provide the faculty with a guide to the structure and requirements of the third-year medical student clerkship in neurology. There are some changes that have been made to the clerkship, and it is anticipated that refinements will continue to be made throughout the year. As always, faculty participation and input are the critical factors in making this a successful educational experience for our students.
To teach the principles and skills underlying the recognition and management of the neurologic diseases a general medical practitioner is most likely management of the neurologic diseases a general medical practitioner is most likely to encounter" (ANN Neurology Core Curriculum Guidelines 2000)
At the completion of the third-year clerkship, the student should have acquired the ability to:
The Neurology/Psychiatry clerkship is implemented in six rotations of eight weeks each. The students spend either the last three or first three weeks of the rotation on Neurology, leaving two weeks in the middle of the rotation during which there are no students rotating on the Neurology service. Students are assigned to one of four teaching sites:
For UCLA Neurology attendings working with third-year medical students
Our student satisfaction ratings of the clerkship have risen noticeably, more students are entering neurology residencies, and now roughly 805 of students report having been observed by an attending performing the neurological exam (up from 55% last year). Here are some tips for this coming academic year 2006-2007:
(Above adapted by Dr. William Campbell, "Teaching the Neurologic Examination in the 21st Century" from Unformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD)
Example: "In patients with [relapsing-remitting muliple sclerosis] are [high dose interferons or low-dose interferons] better at [relapse rate reduction]? All UCLA students are trained in this form of analysis and it takes 2-3 hours to compile. This can also be used for the inpatient services. Check out bestbets.org for examble.