Neurology

The student will work directly with attending faculty, chief residents and junior residents as well as other medical students, rotators and support staff. A series of special didactic conferences on the most important topics in neurology are provided for the student during this elective. The student will also participate in departmental conferences and seminars. An assessment of the history taking, neurological examining skills and problem assessment is performed by an attending faculty member with each student. An evaluation of the student's performance is provided, using input from the attending faculty and the chief resident(s). At times, other customized electives may be designed with the program director in areas such as epilepsy, stroke, movement disorders, neuroimmunology, etc., as well as clinical neurophysiology and research methods. Students are able to request a choice, but assignments will be made to assure that there is a balanced distribution of the students on the required neuroscience clerkship and the student doing an elective, in order to allow an optimal learning experience for all students. Please see the following detailed description.

Length of Rotation: 2 weeks (maximum - 1 student)

Scheduling Restriction: N/A

Student's Class Level: 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite: Clinical Neuroscience Clerkship: This is a four week elective. Only one student is scheduled per four week block. The one student will select one of the following options: Clinical Neurology Ward Service, Clinical Neurology Consultation Service, or Neurology Ambulatory Care Service.

Learning Objectives:

  1. History skills.  Gather the important information that is needed for the Neurology Ward Service and complete a history in the medical record for at least 2 to 4 patients per week.
  2. Physical examination skills. Complete a pertinent physical examination for the evaluation of a neurological condition on at least 2-4 patients per week. The student should demonstrate the ability to perform this pertinent physical examination while being observed by at least one attending or resident.
  3. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common neurological conditions. 
  4. Procedural skills: Perform a lumbar puncture on at least one patient. (Not mandatory)
  5. Attitude:  Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Neurology Ward Service care team, patients and families.
  6. Career/context: Know the training/career pathway for the neurology service.
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Under appropriate supervision, students directly examine, diagnose, and manage patients on the neurology ward service at Yale New Haven Hospital and attend daily teaching rounds. Students will attend a series of special didactic conferences on the most important topics in neurology. Availability varies based on the number of students assigned to the required clerkship.

Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum- 1 student)

Scheduling Restriction: 6/16/2014 to 7/11/2014

Student's Class Level: 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite: N/A

Accept Visiting Students: yes

  1. History skills.  Gather the important information that is needed for the Neurology Ward Service and complete a history in the medical record for at least 2 to 3 patients per week.
  2. Physical examination skills. Complete a pertinent physical examination for the evaluation of a neurological condition on at least 2-3 patients per week. The student should demonstrate the ability to perform this pertinent physical examination while being observed by at least one attending or resident.
  3. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common neurological conditions.
  4. Procedural skills. Perform a lumbar puncture on at least one patient. (Not mandatory)
  5. Attitude:  Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Neurology Ward Service care team, patients and families.
  6. Career/context:  Know the training/career pathway for the neurology service.
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Under the supervision of the Neurology Consult resident and attending, students will evaluate patients referred for neurologic consultation from other inpatient services at Yale- New Haven Hospital. Students will also participate in academic activities of the department. Availability varies based on the number of students assigned to the required clerkship.

Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum- 1 student)

Scheduling Restriction: 6/16/2014 to 7/11/2014

Student's Class Level: 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite: N/A

Accept Visiting Students: yes

Learning Objectives:

  1. History skills. Gather the important information that is needed for the Neurology Consultation Service and complete a history in the medical record for at least two to three patients per week.
  2. Physical examination skills. Complete a pertinent neurological examination for the evaluation of a neurological event on at least two to three patients per week. The student should demonstrate the ability to perform this pertinent physical examination while being observed by at least one attending or resident.
  3. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common neurological conditions.
  4. Procedural skills. Perform a lumbar puncture on at least one patient. (Not mandatory)
  5. Attitude: Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Neurology Consultation Service care team, patients and families.
  6. Career/context: Know the training/career pathway for the neurology service.
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The Subinternship in Clinical Neurology is an advanced elective that offers Yale students the opportunity to work at a higher level of independence and responsibility equivalent to that of an intern on the neurology ward service at Yale New Haven Hospital. Students will work directly with attending faculty, senior and junior residents and support staff.  Students directly examine, diagnose, and manage patients. Students will attend daily teaching rounds, a series of special didactic conferences and seminars on the most important topics in neurology.  Students will hone their ability to obtain an accurate neurological history, how to perform and interpret a neurological examination, the appropriate indications for ordering laboratory studies and how to interpret these studies through EEG, EMG, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, lumbar puncture, CT and MR imaging of the brain and spinal cord.  The goal of this elective is for the student to recognize and understand less common neurological problems, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, neuromuscular diseases, dementia, central nervous system infections, and tumors of the nervous system.

*At times, other customized electives may be designed with the program director in areas such as epilepsy, stroke, movement disorders, neuromuscular medicine, neuroimmunology & neurocritical care depending on availability.


Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum- 1 student)

Scheduling Restriction: N/A

Student's Class Level: 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite:

This is a four week Subinternship available to Yale students.  Prior to scheduling students must have completed the required Clinical Neuroscience Clerkship.

Accept Visiting Students: yes

Learning Objectives:

  1. History skills. Gather the important information that is needed for the Neurology Ward Service and complete a history in the medical record for at least 2 to 4 patients per week.
  2. Physical examination skills. Complete a pertinent physical examination for the evaluation of a neurological condition on at least 2-4 patients per week. The student should demonstrate the ability to perform this pertinent physical examination while being observed by at least one attending or resident.
  3. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common neurological conditions.
  4. Procedural skills. Perform a lumbar puncture on at least one patient. (Not mandatory)
  5. Attitude: Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Neurology Ward Service care team, patients and families.
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