Program Coordinator: Po-Heng Tsai, MD

Duration: 4 weeks
Availability: Year round
No. of Students: 1
Time: Full time


Completion of a course in physical diagnosis and at least one other medical or surgical clerkship; possession of a neurology textbook and suitable diagnostic instruments.


To familiarize the student with the common presentation and natural history of patients with neurological diseases; to offer the student the opportunity to establish proficiency in neurological examination; to provide the student exposure to the diagnostic workup and therapy of patients with neurological diseases; and to stimulate the student to pursue basic literature regarding the diseases of the patients seen.


The Neurology rotation emphasizes a longitudinal experience in the outpatient clinics of experienced neurological clinicians. Students observe and participate in outpatient history-taking and examination, appropriate use and interpretation of ancillary neurological tests (electroencephalography, electromyography, nerve conduction tests, evoked potential studies, x-rays, CT scans, MRI, etc), clinical diagnostic formulations, treatment planning and patient education. When time permits, the student may participate in hospital rounds. The student is expected to read both basic and clinical material regarding patients seen and to participate in departmental and institutional teaching conferences, including Grand Rounds, Clinical Conferences, Neurology/Radiology Conference and Journal Club.


Evaluations are performed by the staff physicians and based on various factors including fund of knowledge, level of interest, attention to patients, accuracy and completeness of chart notes, and contributions to discussions on diagnosis and management. Assessments are discussed with the student whenever possible, and reports given to deans and other appropriate medical school coordinators upon request.