Clinical Neurology Ward or Consult Elective
Preceptor: Jonathan Howard, MD
Course Code: 05-01-03
Contact: Christina Cronin
Prerequisites: Core Neurology Clerkship
A four week elective is available in Clinical Neurology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital. Students may choose between experience on the inpatient consultation and stroke service (Bellevue) or as a subintern on the neurology ward (Tisch). The elective is intended to give medical students an opportunity to build on the skills developed in the core Neurology Clerkship. The emphasis is on neurological localization, diagnosis and management. The student will have a primary assignment on an inpatient unit as well as one regular clinic per week. They will also have an opportunity, if requested to attend subspecialty clinics in various subspecialties such as Epilepsy, Behavioral Neurology, Movement Disorders, Headache and Multiple Sclerosis.
Objectives of the Elective
The student will participate as an integral member of the neurology team. This involvement allows the students to: (1) build on their basic science and clerkship experience in terms of knowledge and physical examination skills; (2) expand their skills in ambulatory neurology, with an emphasis on neurological problems which they will encounter throughout their career, regardless of specialty; (3) gain knowledge regarding newer treatment modalities and research in the field; (4) explore the option of neurology as a career choice; (5) learn more about sub specialization in neurology.
Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective
- Function as an integral member of the inpatient neurology team (ward or consults)
- Independently assess patients, present their findings, and begin a plan of care under the supervision of senior residents and attendings.
- Appropriately follow and document their patients' progress.
- Presentation of the neurological patient and demonstration of the neurological examination.
- Appropriate application of neurological and neurophysiological techniques.
- Attend assigned clinics.
- Attend and participate in the Department's grand rounds, journal club, neuropathology and neuroradiology lectures, and other regularly scheduled conferences
The student will get "hands on" experience with the neurological examination and lumbar punctures. Participation in daily attending and resident work rounds will provide the student with a broad exposure to neurological diseases and management. In clinic, attendings review all patients seen by the student, go over the neurological exam and assist the student in developing a plan of care. The Department has five Academic Days per week with scheduled conferences, journal clubs and grand rounds. These sessions are a rich source of the latest treatments and approaches to the neurological patient. Students are also encouraged to read texts and the current literature and present topics during didactic sessions with the ward attending.
Method of Evaluation
The student will be evaluated by the ward resident, ward attending and clinic attending.
Months Offered: All Year
Report to: Details will be provided once elective scheduled
Students Per Period: 2 (one student per site)
Duration: Four Weeks