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Neurology Clerkships

The Department of Neurology offers M3 and M4 clerkships.

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Cognitive 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
  • Be trained and observed as they perform a basic neurologic examination
  • Prepare for the Psychiatry Shelf Examination
  • Be introduced to Neuro-Rehabiliation


  • The Essential Neurologic Findings (Dr. Kattah)
  • Common Abnormal Neurologic Findings with Localization Value (Dr. Kattah)
  • Coma
  • Epilepsy Essentials (Dr. Xu and Dr. Huang)
  • Neuroimaging (Dr. Elias Samaha)
  • Language and Aphasia, Left Hemisphere Function (Dr. Kattah)
  • Higher Cortical Function-Frontal lobe, Non-dominant Temporal and Parietal Lobes. Cortical Visual Fnction (Dr. Kattah)
  • Dementia (Dr. Franada)
  • Stroke Essentials (Dr. Talkad and Dr. Reddy)
  • Eye Movements Supranuclear/Infranuclear/Cranial Nerve Palsy
  • The Acute Vestibular Syndrome, Vertigo and Ataxia


  • 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.

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)

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  • Sleep Medicine
  • Stroke and Neurovascular Neurology
  • Neurophthlamology , Eye Movements and Vestibular Medicine (General Neurology Teaching service)

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