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Core Curriculum

The Neurological Institute (NI) provides core curriculum training to medical students from Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University in both the Neurosciences and Psychiatry specialty areas. In years one and two, NI physicians direct the basic neuroscience curriculum including organization of the content and teaching of topics in a problem based learning format. In years three and four, NI physicians direct clinical curriculum through basic core rotations, advanced cores, electives and acting internships. The Neurosciences rotations at Cleveland Clinic are rated as the best in the city by CCLCM and Case Western Reserve University medical students.

Cutting edge research is integrated throughout the clinical curriculum creating an environment that nurtures each student’s drive to contribute to the advancement of medical science. NI Clinician Scientists mentor medical students with projects in clinical and basic neurosciences. As part of the annual Neurological Institute Research Day, medical students along with residents and fellows compete for recognition awards. The venue allows the trainees to present their projects as poster and platform presentations, and at national scientific meetings.

The medical students are integral members of our ward and clinic teams. They are required to take call and participate in rounds with the medical team as assigned. The students are expected to attend and participate in conferences, intradepartmental case presentations and journal clubs.

Medical students rotate through the inpatient service, consult service, outpatient clinic and neurosurgery, where they follow patients they see in the outpatient clinic into surgery. They are exposed to a broad range of neurological diseases and have the opportunity to concentrate on specific diseases treated within the different specialty areas of the NI.

The psychiatry component consists of inpatient consultation liaison service and evaluation of emergency department consultations. Students will spend time with the consult service and outpatient clinic at Cleveland Clinic main campus and one-week on the inpatient service at Lutheran Medical Center.

The overall goal of the rotation is to provide the student with more focused appreciation of longitudinal care for both routine and complex patients using a single-disease model as the basis for the experience. The Advanced Core builds on the student’s skills learned in the Basic Cores. Students will be exposed to concepts that are common to management of chronic diseases in general, in the context of the service area in which they are rotating. There is no night or weekend call with this rotation.