Didactic Core

The Neurology Clerkship Curriculum didactic core is made up of both a didactic component and an experiential learning component.


The didactic component is made up of several core elements:

  1. Assigned case readings
  2. Practice questions
  3. Video cases
  4. Computer based self- learning modules: These are both self-directed and faculty-led small-group and team-based modules designed to integrate vertically and horizontally between Neurology and interrelated fields, including Ophthalmology, Neuroradiology, Neuroanatomy, Physical Medicine and Rehab, Fundamentals of Acute Care, Health of Populations (fundamentals of primary and secondary stroke prevention) and Systems Based Practice (including financing of healthcare).
  5. Small discussion groups
  6. Case-based noon lecture series: cover high yield topics for the SHELF Examination, assigned readings in the provided Pre-Test and Case Files books, as well as DVD videos of real cases to prepare for each session. Sessions are organized by topic, Diseases of Neuromuscular Transmission, Diseases of the Peripheral Nerve, Muscle Disorders, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Child Neurology, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Coma, end-of-life communication (Brain Death) and Stroke.
  7. Online lecture capture (for some topics)
  8. Team-Based Learning: small groups (case-based and review topics)

Each of these activities is carefully designed to reinforce and strengthen competence in all of the listed competencies. Professionalism, interpersonal skills competencies and cultural competency skills are addressed during small group discussions.

The experiential component includes working on the outpatient and inpatient Neurology Services.

The Neurology Outpatient Clinic experience exposes students to a variety of subspecialties for an average of 10 half days. Some students may choose to spend this time at a large Community Practice (Raleigh Neurology). Students are expected to develop practical skills including: screening neurologic examination, medication reconciliation and time management in an outpatient setting.

Students are required to participate in a 12 hour overnight shift with the Night Float Neurology resident and learn how to enter admission orders, using electronic health records.

Several multidisciplinary experiences are included during this rotation: Neuro-oncology, Neurosurgery, Neuro-ophthalmology, both evaluation/management and procedural experience in the Anesthesia Pain/Spine Clinic.

The Neurology Inpatient rotation exposes students to a two week experience as a team member on one of the Neurology inpatient services, as active learners, participating in daily patient care (including one weekend day) with responsibility and supervision commensurate with their level of training.