Medical Student Education

Clerkship in Neurology, MD-832

Course Director, Amy Hessler, DO
The Neurology Clerkship is a four-week course for third-year medical students during which students will 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 conditions.
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Students will gain comprehensive exposure to neurological topics through clinical experiences, didactic series, case discussion sessions, and independent study.
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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 Kentucky Clinic or UK Neurology’s clinic at UK Good Samaritan. 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, the Neurology Intensive Care Unit, or Interventional Neuroradiology.
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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 COURSES
The Department of Neurology offers primary acting internships in adult and child neurology. The acting internship experience is designed to provide students with an advanced level of direct patient care responsibility, greater than that required during a third‐year clerkship or fourth‐year elective. During the rotation, the student assumes direct responsibility for management of patient care, reports directly to a resident or attending physician, and with the appropriate oversight of the resident or attending, assumes the place and responsibilities of a first‐year intern. Students manage a workload equivalent to 50% of that typically assigned to an intern.
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Acting Internship in Adult Neurology, NEU-850
Course Director, Zain Guduru, MD
Students will take this course with a focus on adult neurology under the supervision of Neurology attending physicians and residents. Students will participate in ward rounds and consult service with residents and attending staff, and will attend the regular teaching conferences of the Department of Neurology. The rotation typically consists of inpatient service on stroke wards and general wards, and one weekend overnight call per week.
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Acting Internship in Child Neurology, NEU-851
Course Director, Kimberly Jones, MD
Students will take this course with a focus on Child Neurology under the supervision of Child Neurology residents and attending physicians. Students will participate in ward rounds with residents and attending staff and attend the regular teaching conferences of the Department of Neurology. The rotation typically consists of inpatient service on Child Neurology wards 5 days per week, 1 weekend day per week of rounding with the wards team, and one day per week free from clinical responsibilities. Students will have the opportunity to attend an overnight regional clinic at one of the department’s four Commission Clinic sites in Eastern Kentucky.

Research in Neurology, NEU-852
Course Director, Gregory Bix, MD, PhD
Students will select a faculty mentor in Neurology or a related discipline. The student and mentor will develop an overarching research experience plan for the rotation, and the student will be expected to engage in one or more aspects of the research process, including developing research questions and conducting literature reviews. Each student will complete a research assignment specific to the activities of his or her rotation. The assignment will be related to the student’s work with their mentor in the course (e.g., a case report for clinical research, a review article on literature in a given area for lab research, etc.).

Clinical Neurophysiology, NEU-854
Course Director, Stephen Ryan, MD, MA
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 circumstances allow and 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. 
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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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