Coursework and Conferences

The coursework for the Neurology Clerkship is a combination of clinical experiences, small group case-based seminars, didactic lectures, videos and readings.


Clinical experiences

The clinical experiences have been designed to provide exposure to diverse neurological care settings, including inpatient, outpatient and subspecialty settings. Each 4 week clerkship consists of 4 one-week subrotations, which include:

  • Inpatient rotation at USAMC

During the inpatient rotation students will see many acute neurologic disorders, including stroke, acute seizure exacerbations, encephalopathy and coma. Students will also be exposed to our tertiary inpatient programs, including the epilepsy monitoring unit, epilepsy surgery and interventional neurology for stroke, cerebral aneurysms and hemorrhage.

  • USA Neurology outpatient clinic

The USA Neurology clinics feature both general and subspecialty clinics in neurology, which include tertiary clinics for multiple sclerosis/neuroimmunology, epilepsy, movement disorders and muscle disease. Students will also observe EMG and NCV studies in our outpatient lab and perform consults at a community level hospital.

  • Child neurology

Students will work directly with a Child Neurologist with a mix of outpatient and inpatient situations and a broad set of clinical problems in children and infants.

  • Neurodiagnostics and Neurotherapeutics

This experience exposes students to a variety of clinical experiences in neurology. Students will also observe EMG and NCV studies, neurorehabilitation,  DBS placement and vascular procedures. Students will also get to work in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. 


Students are required to attend small group seminars that cover core topics in neurology and should be prepared to discuss each topic. Supplemental materials for the seminars are available on New Innovations. Seminar topics include:

  • Neurological examination
  • Low back pain
  • Neuroimaging
  • Headache and pain
  • CNS infection
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Parkinson Disease and movement disorders
  • Neurological localization and case vignettes


Required readings and videos

Required readings and videos are available on the Neurology educational resources page This list includes neurology textbook chapters, web links and monographs.


Required conferences

Students are required to attend departmental conferences, including:

  • Neurology Grand Rounds - Tuesdays 8:00 am, USAMC Auditorium
  • Neuroradiology Conference- Wednesdays 8:00 am, USAMC Auditorium
  • Professor's Rounds - Fridays 8:00 am
  • Brain Cutting - dates and times to be announced


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