Clinical Neurological Sciences Clerkship

Based on the AAN guidelines, the goal for the Neurology Clerkship is to educate students regarding the principles and skills underlying the recognition and management of the common neurologic diseases, particularly those that a general medical practitioner is most likely to encounter in practice.

The Department of Neurology has designed the rotation to be complementary, comprehensive and broad in both scope and clinical challenge. This is a four week rotation which allows us to introduce the student to the concept of localization and diagnosis in Neurology, recognition of Neurological emergencies, common neurological illnesses as well as basics of Neurosurgery and Neuropathology.

The neurology clerkship is 4 weeks long with 2 weeks of inpatient and 2 weeks of outpatient care. Students rotate at either the Tisch Hospital neurology team or with the Bellevue teams (ward, consult or stroke.) Students also rotate with Sonja Blum, MD at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Neurorehabilitation Unit. For interested students, a pediatric neurology experience is also available.

During their outpatient block, students rotate through a wide variety of clinics to give exposure to a variety of conditions treated by neurologists. Clinics include: Neuro-Oncology, Multiple Sclerosis, Movement Disorders, Headache, Epilepsy, General Neurology, Aging and Dementia, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Autonomic Disorders, Neuropathology, and Neuromuscular Clinic. All students spend two days in the OR with the Neurosurgery team.

Students have a dedicated preceptor who meets with them twice weekly. The emphasis of these sessions is on bedside teaching.

Case vignette sessions occur every Friday during the rotation and cover dementia, stroke, movement disorders, epilepsy, headache, neuromuscular disease, and behavioral neurology. There are also four lectures for the students on neuroradiology. The second Monday of every rotation the students have a SIM (simulation) -lumbar puncture session. Students are also encouraged to attend a wide range of weekly didactic sessions for the residents and the Department of Neurology in general. This includes Neurology Grand Rounds, Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds, Neuroradiology cases, and lectures on a wide variety of topics throughout the week.

A sample student schedule is posted below:

A wide variety of material is also available on ALEX, the NYU Langone intranet for students, including Dr. Howard’s neuroradiology self-assessment, a collection of nearly 300 cases in neuroradiology. There is also a large collection of multiple choice questions on neuroanatomy and multiple disease topics in neurology. Students are expected to write several such questions during the clerkship to expand the question library.

A sample of the neuroradiology self-assessment is below:


Sample multiple choice questions are below:


The Neurology Clerkship Program is directed by Jonathan Howard, MD and supported by Ms. Christina Cronin.

For NYU Langone Medical School admission and curriculum please visit the Office of Medical Education website.