Department of Neurology

Neurology Clerkship Program

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is one of the core teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. About a third of Harvard Medical School’s students conduct their core clinical neurology training at BWH through the Principle clinical experience (PCE). Advanced electives are offered both to interested Harvard Medical students and students at outside institutions.

We think that this is the best neurology rotation a medical student could ever do. The quality of our faculty, clinical care provided, and teaching is exceptional. There is a regular morning report often conducted by the authors of Adams and Victor’s Principles of Neurology, the best-recognized textbook in the field. The rotation is rigorous, with busy clinical services, overnight call, and a didactic component. PCE students are assessed primarily on clinical performance, but shelf scores and a bedside examination are also included. Advanced students are assessed strictly on clinical performance and are held to a higher standard than core students. The course objectives for students are the following:

(1) To develop competence in documenting neurological history and performing an accurate and complete neurology examination

(2) To learn about the clinical presentation and management of common neurological disorders

(3) To become familiar with indicators and rationale for ancillary neurological testing such as neuroimaging and electrodiagnosis

(4) To review and apply basic concepts from neuroanatomy and neuropathology.

Please click on the following link for more specific information regarding the learning objectives of the BWH Neurology Clerkship: BWH Neurology Clerkship Learning Objectives

We recommend you bring the following to orientation:

  • Reflex hammer
  • Fundoscope
  • Pins
  • Tuning fork (256hz)
Directions to the Tyler Library: The Tyler Library is located on the 2nd floor of the 45 Francis Street Building. To get there,

1) Take BWH Main Pike (2nd floor of the Hospital) to Exit #7 "B" Building

2) Go down the hallway and in between exits 6 and 7 you will see a handicapped entrance to the Neurology Outpatient Clinic. Walk down the hallway and at the end of the hallway is the Tyler Library.

3) The combination to the library door is “1+3 together and then 4.”

If you have further questions, please contact:

Erin O'Reily
Medical Education Program Coordinator
Eoreilly@bwh.harvard.edu
60 Fenwood Road
Boston, MA 02115
Ph. 617-525-7846

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