The UCLA Neurology Clerkship is partnered with the Psychiatry Clerkship to enhance students’ understanding of the interplay between brain and behavior and to introduce current clinical applications of modern neuroscience. The Clerkship is comprised of a 4-week clinical Neurology rotation preceding or following a 4-week clinical Psychiatry rotation. We hope students will enjoy their time spent with us in Neurology and develop a sound, fundamental base in clinical Neurology for future reference in whatever specialty they may choose as a career.
Students spend four weeks on their clinical neurology rotation at one of five sites: Ronald Reagan University Medical Center (Westwood), West Los Angeles VA, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center or Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. During that time, they are expected to participate fully as a member of their assigned team in both inpatient and outpatient settings, performing neurologic examinations and assessments on patients, presenting the patients to their residents and attendings, discussing diagnosis and management principles, and writing daily progress notes.
In addition, students enrich their participation in other aspects of clinical neurology by attending site specific lectures and seminars, performing two nights of long call and two weekend days on service over the course of the four week rotation. Didactics include case-based small group discussions interspersed through the clerkship. The NBME Neurology Shelf Exam must be completed at the end of the rotation.
Three-week Neurology elective rotations are available for DGSOM students as well as visiting students.