Medical Student Education

Clerkship in Neurology, MD-832

The Neurology Clerkship is a four-week course designed for medical students from the University of Kentucky during which students will observe and practice the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the nervous system. The rotation will focus on differential diagnosis, pathogenesis, and physical findings of common neurological diseases.

Students will gain comprehensive exposure to neurological topics through a combination of clinical experiences, didactic series, case discussion sessions, and independent study.

For clinical experiences, students will spend each of the four weeks on a different service, under the tutelage of resident and faculty physicians. One week will be spent on outpatient service at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, located at Kentucky Clinic. Three weeks will be spent on inpatient services:  one week on General Neurology at UK Chandler Hospital or the Veterans Affairs Medical Center; one week on Stroke/Vascular Neurology at UK Chandler Hospital; and one week as a selective week, which students may choose to spend on General Consults, Child Neurology, or the Neurology Intensive Care Unit.

Interspersed with clinical activities, students will attend case discussion sessions and weekly didactic series. Adopting the flipped classroom model of education, students will review lecture content independently, using classroom time to discuss cases and conditions related to common topics in neurology. Faculty and resident physicians leading these sessions will encourage stimulating discussion and guide students’ learning of neurological concepts.


Acting Internship in Neurology, NEU-850

Course Objectives:

  1. To diagnose the common, acute and emergency problems of disease of the central nervous system
  2. To introduce he students to neurological diagnostic studies and their indications, contraindictions and complications
  3. To manage common neurological disorders effectively on a long term basis including rehabilitative and community based resources
  4. To teach practical aspects of the pharmacologic agents commonly used to treat neurological disorders.

Students will take this course in either adult or child neurology under the supervision of a faculty physician, senior resident and junior resident.  Students participate in ward rounds with residents and attending staff and in the regular teaching conferences of the Department of Neurology. Students will participate in the night call rotation. Students may attend the outpatient clinics and work under the supervision of the faculty physician, chief resident and ward resident.


In-Depth Exposure to Child Neurology, NEU-851

Course Objectives:

  1. To diagnose the common, acute and emergency problems of disease of the central nervous system
  2. To introduce the students to neurological diagnostic studies and their indications, contraindictions and complications
  3. To manage common neurological disorders effectively on a long term basis including rehabilitative and community based resources
  4. To teach practical aspects of the pharmacologic agents commonly used to treat neurological disorders

Students will take this course under the supervision the child neurology faculty physician and resident for the four-week rotation period. Students will spend two weeks on the wards to gain additional child neurology experience. Next, students will spend one week in the outpatient clinic and attend one regional clinic. The final week of the elective will be spent in the EMG and EEG lab during which time the student will prepare a presentation on a child neurology topic. Special requests will be considered if requested two weeks prior to the start of the rotation.


Research in Neurology, NEU-852

Research projects are available in a variety of basic neurological science areas including neurochemistry, electrophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuroepidemiology, trace metal neurobiology and toxicology plus clinical neurology projects. Interested students should contact individual faculty members or the department’s education office.


Clinical Neurophysiology, NEU-854

This course is designed to provide experience for medical students in the interpretation of clinical electrophysiological studies in neurology. These studies include Electroencephalograms (EEG), Sensory Evoked Potentials (EP), Electromyograms (EMG), and Nerve Conduction Velocity studies, and Intraoperative monitoring.  Students will gain direct experience both in performance of such studies and their interpretation with emphasis on clinical correlation.Students may choose to spend time in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit learning to interpret long term video EEG studies. If an epilepsy surgery or Vagus Nerve Stimulators (VNS) placement occurs during the student's elective, the student is invited to accompany the attending to the operating room to observe these unique procedures.


Course List & Application Process

To access the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine course catalog, please visit this link. 

Fourth year medical students who want to study and receive credit for a neurology course at UK College of Medicine must apply through the Visiting Students Application System. We cannot accept your application materials directly.  For more information about the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s visiting student program, click here.

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