M-3 Clerkship

Cognitve Neurology and Interface with Psychiatry

During this 3-week rotation the M3 students will:

  • Become familiar with neurologic disorders that have cognitive and behavioral manifestations
  • They will be trained and observed as they perform a basic neurologic examination
  • Preparation for the Psychiatry Shelf Examination
  • Introduction to Neuro-Rehabiliation


  • Awareness, Lethargy, Stupor, Coma. Diagnosis and Management
  • Language. Aphasia
  • Basic Frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital lobe function. Memory.
  • Epilepsy 1
  • Epilepsy 2
  • Head trauma
  • Cognitive Neurology in Children. Mental Retardation
  • Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease
  • Metabolic Encephalopathy


  • Basic Neurologic Examination.
  • Write up of assigned cases with review and feedback by attending
  • Folstein. Mini-Mental Status Scale. MOCA. Language evaluation and non-dominant parietal lobe testing.

Power Point Presentation at the end of the rotation on a case selected by the student for its interest with review of recent literature

Practical: Two calls during the rotation — one weekday (5 p.m. to midnight) and one weekend day (9 a.m. to midnight)


M-4 Clerkship

Upon completion of this elective, the student will be able to:

  • History taking and physical examination of patients with neurological problems, lesion localization and differential diagnosis.
  • Use the laboratory in an integrated fashion, selectively and with a hypothesis-formulating approach in the further exploration of a given case.
  • Non-invasive Neurological Diagnostic Tests
  • Computerized tomography (CT Scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and angiography (MRA)
  • Doppler carotid flow studies
  • Electrophysiologic testing in neurologic disorders
  • Head and neck arteriography, CT Angiography
  • Demonstrate the initial workup, investigations, and management of acute neurologic emergencies and provide night call coverage of emergency services at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
  • Observe and in some cases perform, under supervision, lumbar puncture for CSF examination
  • Familiarity with the NIH Stroke Scale management of stroke
  • Opportunity to present cases to attendings and to demonstrate neurologic history and examination skills

Contact Us

Sondra Fox
Clerkship Coordinator
[email protected]