NEUR 7510

Neurology Externship


Becca Busse
Course Coordinator

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    Catalog Description:   This required 4-week clerkship offers students the opportunity to work directly with neurologists in inpatient and outpatient settings. The goals of the neurology externship are to increase clinical skills in diagnosing and treating neurologic illnesses, to stimulate interest in clinical neurosciences, and to increase awareness of the role of the neurologist. It is hoped that upon completion of the course the student will be familiar with common neurological disorders and will have a sense for when neurologic consultation is appropriate.


    • DU: Essentia-St. Mary's, 407 East Third Street, Duluth MN 55805
    • FU:
      • UMMC-Fairview East Bank, 500 Harvard Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455
      • Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic, 2512 S 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454
      • Pediatric Specialty Clinic - Woodbury, 9680 Tamarack Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
      • Clinics and Surgery Center, Neurology Clinic, Floor 3, 909 Fulton St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
      • Clinics and Surgery Center, M/S/ Clinic, Floor 3, 909 Fulton St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
      • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, 200 University Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55101
    • FS:
      • Noran Neurological Clinic, 2828 Chicago Ave, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55407
      • Noran Neurological Clinic, 11091 Ulysses St. NE #100, Blaine, MN 55434
      • Fairview Southdale,  6401 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
    • HC:
      • Hennepin County Medical Center, 701 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
      • HCMC Neurology Clinic, 716 South 7th Street, Purple Building Level 5, P5.200, Minneapolis, MN 55415
    • HYB: Primary site attachment with Hennepin Healthcare
    • CR: Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology, Coon Rapids, 3833 Coon Rapids Blvd, Suite 100, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
    • MT: Methodist Park Nicollet, 3931 Louisiana Avenue S. E-500, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
    • NM:
      • North Memorial Medical Center, 3300 Oakdale Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55422
      • Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology, 4225 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55442
    • RH:
      • Regions Hospital, Rm 7035, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN 55510
      • HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, 295 Phalen Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55130
    • VA: VAMC, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

    Required session attendance:

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  The course includes 2 inpatient weeks, 1 week of outpatient neurology clinic, and 1 "Brain Week" - an independent study week which takes the place of formal lectures. Although we make every effort to accommodate students requesting specific weeks for ILT, requests do not guarantee approval.

    • Brain weeks include an on-campus small group session on Tuesday mornings
      • 7:30 - 8:30 Neuroradiology Conference (PWB 12-109)
      • 8:30 - 10:30 Small Group Session (PWB 12 Shapiro Conf Room)
    • Students are not generally scheduled on weekends
    • The 2nd Friday of the clerkship is an on-campus day including:
      • 9AM Large Group study session and case-based learning in 12-109 PWB
      • 1:30 PM Neurological Exam Structured Assessment in the IERC
    • The 4th Friday of the clerkship will include the Shelf exam

    Direct patient care:  Yes

    Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

    Course Objectives:  

    • The student will become increasingly proficient at acquiring history and performing examinations on neurological patients and will be able to localize and describe the clinical profiles of common neurological disorders.
    • The student will be able to describe and discuss the value, limitations, indications, and contraindications of common diagnostic procedures including LP, EEG, EMG, and neuroimaging techniques.
    • The student will be able to correlate data obtained from the history, general physical examination, neurological examination, laboratory, and specialized diagnostic procedures to develop a clinical diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and management plan. The formulation will be presented orally and in written form.
    • The student will be able to identify and characterize, assess, and (especially for chronic problems) plan integrated long-term management for the following common neurologic presentations: spine or limb pain, stroke syndromes, seizures, Parkinsonism and movement disorders, weakness, headaches, abnormalities of mental behavior, and dizziness.
    • The student will be able to identify, assess, and formulate management plans for neurological emergencies such as coma, status epilepticus, meningitis, neuromuscular respiratory failure, spinal cord compression, and increased intracranial pressure.
    • The student will learn to recognize situations appropriate for neurologic consultation, to determine the urgency of the consultation, and to define the role of the consultant.
      From: Gelb DJ, Gunderson CH, Henry KA, Kirshner HS, Jozefowicz, RF. The Neurology Clerkship Core Curriculum. Neurology 2002:58:849-852

    Graded Components:

    • Clinical Performancer Assessment by attending
    • NBME Shelf Exam
    • Case Report
    • Neurologic Examination Skills Assessment

    Grading Scale:  H/E/S/N


    Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

    Limited to Student Type:  No

    Course equivalency:  INMD 7313 (VALUE), INMD 7413 (EPAC), INMD 7113 (REACH)

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    Course evaluation:  MedHub