The medical student will perform histories and physical examinations on patients with neurological problems, develop diagnostic and treatment plans, and discuss them in detail with a faculty member.
The Division of Neurology will provide an elective program to third or fourth year medical students in the field of Child Neurology for a period of at lest one month's duration. The educational objectives during this rotation are as follows:
- To have the student learn the normal growth and development of children in contrast to developmental delays seen in neurological illness
- To facilitate the examination of children with particular attention to a comprehensive neurological evaluation in a relatively non- threatening manner
- To help develop the tools of an appropriate history, looking at potential problem areas or situations
- To help them become familiar with the neurological tests used in office examination and with the laboratory and radiological procedures available for evaluating children
- To determine their competence in an early developmental and neurological assessment
The daily schedule will include participating with the staff neurologists in the neurology offices, seeing private patients and discussing diagnosis and management in the mornings. In the afternoons, students will attend and participate in the Children's Medical Service neurology clinic on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. Students will participate in the neurology clinic on the 2nd and 4th.
Tuesdays of the month and in the Muscular Dystrophy clinic on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month.
In addition to participating in the patient workups, evaluation, and presentation to the neurology staff and clinics, students will then be responsible for doing histories and physicals on the patients admitted to the private neurology service, particularly selected cases of significant learning interests. These cases will be evaluated with a complete history and physical and will be presented to the attending neurologist and then followed by the student during the duration of the patient's hospital stay. In addition to participating in patient care, students will make daily teaching rounds with one of the neurologists on their patients or other interesting patients on the service.
The student will be evaluated on the basis of his willingness to learn and his knowledge of subject matter He/she will be evaluated on his/her ability to correlate historical and physical data and formulate it into an appropriate management program and on his initiative in seeking out further information on the problems that he encounters in addition to the problems the patients may experience.