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M3 Clinical Neurology Clerkship

Neurologic complaints are among the most common complaints fielded by primary care providers.

Up to 10% of patients seen by primary care providers present with neurologic symptoms and pose neurologic questions to their physicians. Only 16% of the 45 million Americans who visit a physician for a chief complaint referable to the nervous system are ever evaluated by a neurologist. Clearly, primary care physicians are routinely called upon to evaluate and manage patients with neurologic disease. Practicing physicians require a firm understanding of the general principles of clinical neurology. The most suitable setting in which to lay the foundation for that understanding is in a neurology clerkship in the clinical phase of medical school.

The clinical Neurology clerkship is a two week required rotation in the third year in which the student is immersed in an environment to provide training in the evaluation and treament of neurological disorders utilizing a variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences, didactic sessions, and procedures. During closely supervised patient encounters, the student will be able to develop skills in physical examination and neurological diagnosis. The student will be able to recognize and treat neurological emergencies and will exposed to the possibility of active participation in such conditions as brain attack (stroke), meningoencephalitis, and status epilepticus.

Morning report sessions will be used to discuss topics of immediate interest and to hone skills in oral presentations. Didactic sessions will be devoted to such topics as the neurological examination, neurologic emergencies, stroke and related disorders, movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, sleep disorders, imaging of the nervous system, demyelinating diseases, dementia, and headache. feature photoProcedures and activities may include electromyography/nerve conduction studies, electroencephalograms, carotid and transcranial ultrasound, lumbar puncture and CSF evaluation, brain attack intervention, brain death evaluation, and the student may be able to participate or even plan a neurology research project.

Students will work under close supervision by faculty members from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests as well as neurology residents. Currently, venues include Palmetto Health Richland Vascular neurology consult service and General neurology consult service, Neurology outpatient clinic at USC Specialty Clinics, Bryan Center, and the WJB Dorn VAMC Neurology consult service.

Theodore T. Faber, M.D. (Above)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director, Neurology M3 Student Clerkship