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The Department of Neurology offers a comprehensive and integrated curriculum in basic and clinical neurological sciences. Didactics and training experiences are offered through all four years of medical school.

PreClinical Neurological Education

(1st and 2nd year medical students)

1st Year Required Neuroscience Course
Students in the first year take part in an integrated course in Neural Sciences taught by faculty from the departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and others. The coursemasters for this course are David van Essen, PhD, Tom Thach, MD, and Tim Holy, PhD. For more information, contact Susan Danker.

1st Year Clinical Correlations in Neurosciences Selective
This selective consists of opportunities to shadow a variety of physicians in the neurosciences, including adult or pediatric neurologists, neurointensivists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, adult or pediatric neurosurgeons, and adult or pediatric psychiatrists as well as attend neuroscience conferences. Coursemaster is Allyson Zazulia, MD.

1st Year Alzheimer's Disease Selective
Coursemaster is John Morris, MD. Contact Jennifer Phillips for additional information.
Syllabus

2nd Year Diseases of the Nervous System
The required second year course in Neuropathophysiology, directed by Dr. Allyson Zazulia, is Diseases of the Nervous System, which integrates Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuropathology. Coursemaster is Allyson Zazulia, MD.

Neurology Clerkship and Elective Opportunities

(3rd and 4th year medical students)

3rd Year Required Clerkship
Students are immersed in a Neurology Clinical Experience over four weeks. Students are expected to participate as productive and valued team members who take care of patients and make a contribution while under appropriate supervision and guidance. All students participate in Adult Inpatient Neurology with scheduled Outpatient Clinical Experiences. Additional sub-rotations include Adult Inpatient and Emergency Department Consults with Subspecialty Clinics, Pediatric Inpatient Consults with Pediatric Clinics, and Inpatient Neurosurgery with Neurosurgical Clinics. The Clerkship supports key learning objectives of the neurologic history and exam, oral patient presentations, approach to the patient with neurological symptoms, and knowledge of neurological disease.

4th Year Elective Opportunities
Elective courses are available for fourth-year medical students. We accept visiting fourth-year students from US-affiliated institutions after review by the curriculum office.

Research Opportunities

Looking to get involved in basic or clinical neuroscience research? Many of our faculty have short research descriptions on the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) website. Alternatively, you can browse our faculty bio pages.

WU Student Interest Group in Neurology

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