NEUR 7520

Pediatric Neurology Elective


Patrick Puskala
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered

NEUR 7510 required, PED 7501 suggested


*A 2-credit version of this course may be available depending on capacity. Please reach out to the course coordinator if you are interested in the 2-credit version of this course.*

Catalog Description:  This elective for third- and fourth- year medical students will offer a chance to interact with Child Neurologists with varying focuses of practice including developmental, neuromuscular, movement, epilepsy, and miscellaneous neuro-genetic and neuro-metabolic disorders. Students will be involved in both the inpatient and outpatient aspects concurrently.


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Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  M-F, 7:30am-5:00pm

Direct patient care:  Yes

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives:

  • To teach the principles and skills underlying the recognition of the neurological problems of infancy, childhood, and adolescents. The student will gain introductory knowledge of the common neurological problems of children. The student will be exposed to principles of neurophysiology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, rehabilitation, neurodevelopment and the basic neurosciences of nervous system localization, brain metabolism, growth and development, neuropharmacology, and neurotoxicology, as they apply to children.
  • to emphasize a unique approach in the recognition and management of the pediatric neurologic diseases 

Learning objectives to acquire or reinforce the following PROCEDURAL SKILLS:

  • the ability to obtain a complete and reliable history in pediatric patients
  • the ability to perform a focused and reliable neurologic examination in pediatric patients of different age groups with understanding of the normal developmental milestones as they relate to the pediatric neurological examination
  • the ability to deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral and written presentation of a patient’s history and examination

Learning objectives to acquire or reinforce the following ANALYTICAL SKILLS:

  • the ability to recognize symptoms that may signify pediatric neurologic disease in the context of developmental stage (including disturbances of consciousness, developmental delay and regression, language delay, vision, hearing, equilibrium, motor function, somatic sensation, and autonomic function)
  • the ability to distinguish normal from abnormal findings on a neurologic examination in pediatric patients
  • the ability to recognize developmental milestones and its importance for differentiation of developmental delay from regression 
  • the ability to formulate a differential diagnosis based on lesion localization, time course, and relevant historical and demographic features and risk factors
  • the ability to recognize age-dependent nature of pediatric neurologic disorders and an awareness of the use and interpretation of common tests used in diagnosing pediatric neurologic diseases
    an awareness of the principles underlying a systematic approach to the diagnosis and management of common pediatric neurologic diseases with emphasis on treatable disorders and conditions associated with emergencies
  • the ability to ask question and recognize situations in which it is appropriate to request pediatric neurologic consultation
    a habit of using an evidence-based approach and the ability to review and interpret the medical literature (including electronic databases) pertinent to specific issues of patient care

Graded Components:

  • Daily attendance
  • Supervised examination
  • Formal presentation to course faculty
  • Clinical assessment by faculty

Grading Scale:  H/E/S/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type:  No

Course equivalency:  N/A

Related curricular experience:

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Course evaluation:  MedHub