Neurology Clerkship

Overview:

During the 4-week Neurology Clerkship, students work in three different clinical settings.  Students spend two weeks on the Adult Neurology Inpatient Service at Iowa Methodist Medical Center where they will see a wide variety of acute neurologic conditions, including patients with acute ischemic strokes.  Students will learn the principles of acute stroke management, including the role of intravenous thrombolytic agents (eg intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator) and catheter-based interventions.  Students will also spend one week in the Adult Outpatient Neurology Clinics and one week in the Pediatric Outpatient Neurology Clinics seeing a broad spectrum of acute and chronic neurologic disease in adults and children.  

Resources:

  • Neurology Clerkship Survival Guide
  • The Neurology web site on ICON has links to numerous handouts and other written resources as well as videorecorded lectures on neurology core topics provided by faculty in Iowa City.
  • Students are encouraged to access Board Vitals to access practice exam questions using either the "Neurology" or "Neurology Shelf Exam" bank.   
  • Health Sciences Library:  Students have twenty-four hour access daily to the IMMC Health Sciences Library.  You will need your picture ID for after-hours entry.  You may also call the Health Sciences librarians for assistance at 241-6490.

Conferences:

  • Students will participate in Neuroanatomy, Neurologic Localization and Neuroimaging lectures during the first week of the rotation.  These will be conducted by videoconference with faculty presenters in Iowa City.
  • Students will also participate in weekly Neurojeopardy and Stroke Rounds teaching sessions by videoconference.
  • Students will be required to provide one "Stroke Rounds" presentation during the clerkship.  This involves presentation of an interesting patient the student saw during the clerkship and includes review of history, exam, labs and any neuroimaging studies.  Students are expected to review the proper diagnosis and treatment of these patients.

 

Evaluations:

  • Students should look on the ICON website for an explanation of the Neurology Clerkship evaluation policy.  This will be reviewed and further discussed during clerkship orientation.

Final grading:

  • Students should look on the ICON website for an explanation of the Neurology Clerkship evaluation policy.  This will be reviewed and further discussed during clerkship orientation.