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Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives of the Clinical Neurology Clerkship
Adapted from the American Academy of Neurology
Clerkship Core Curriculum Guidelines 2000

1. Goals and Objectives of the Clinical Neurology Clerkship

A. Goal
To teach the principles and skills underlying the recognition and management of the neurologic diseases a general medical practitioner is most likely to encounter in practice.

B. Objectives - By the end of the clerkship, students should be able to:


a. Obtain a complete and reliable history
b. Perform a comprehensive neurologic examination [see Appendix 1]
c.Perform a brief, screening neurologic examination [see Appendix 2]

i. Students' ability to adequately perform a screening neurologic examination will be documented during an observed neurologic examination.

d. Examine patients with altered level of consciousness or abnormal mental status [see Appendix 3]
e. Deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient's history and examination
f. Prepare a clear, concise, and thorough written presentation of a patient's history and examination


a. Recognize symptoms that may signify neurologic disease (including disturbances of consciousness, cognition, language, vision, hearing, equilibrium, motor function, somatic sensation, and autonomic function)
b. Distinguish normal from abnormal findings on a neurologic examination
c. Localize the likely site or sites in the nervous system where a lesion could produce a patient's symptoms and signs
d. Formulate a differential diagnosis based on lesion localization, time course, and relevant historical and demographic features
e. Acquire an awareness of the use and interpretation of common tests used in diagnosing neurologic disease
f. Acquire an awareness of the principles underlying a systematic approach to the management of common neurologic diseases (including the recognition and management of situations that are potential emergencies)
g. Acquire an awareness of situations in which it is appropriate to request neurologic consultation
h. Review and interpret the medical literature (including electronic databases) pertinent to specific issues of patient care


a. Develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors toward learning, which perpetuate lifelong learning, inquisitiveness and evidenced-based practice.
b. Demonstrate professional appearance, attendance and behavior consistent with that expected of a physician-in-training
c. Conduct a clinical evaluation, including history and physical examination, in a professional manner with respect to attitude and behavior during the clinical encounter
d. Begin to learn the roles of various health professionals in the patient care team
e. Make positive contributions to patient care by working collaboratively with members of a multidisciplinary health care team

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018