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

1. To teach or reinforce the following PROCEDURAL SKILLS:

a. the ability to obtain a complete and reliable history
b. the ability to perform a comprehensive neurologic examination [see Appendix 1]

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

c. the ability to perform a brief, screening neurologic examination [see Appendix 2]
d. the ability to examine patients with altered level of consciousness or abnormal mental status [see Appendix 3]
e. the ability to deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient's history and examination
f. the ability to prepare a clear, concise, and thorough written presentation of a patient's history and examination

2. To teach or reinforce the following ANALYTICAL SKILLS:

a. the ability to recognize symptoms that may signify neurologic disease (including disturbances of consciousness, cognition, language, vision, hearing, equilibrium, motor function, somatic sensation, and autonomic function)
b. the ability to distinguish normal from abnormal findings on a neurologic examination
c. the ability to localize the likely site or sites in the nervous system where a lesion could produce a patient's symptoms and signs
d. the ability to formulate a differential diagnosis based on lesion localization, time course, and relevant historical and demographic features
e. an awareness of the use and interpretation of common tests used in diagnosing neurologic disease
f. 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. an awareness of situations in which it is appropriate to request neurologic consultation
h. the ability to review and interpret the medical literature (including electronic databases) pertinent to specific issues of patient care

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