Medical Student Education

Clerkship in Neurology, MD-832

Course Director, Tarek Ali, MBBS
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.
Students will gain comprehensive exposure to neurological topics through 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 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.
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.

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 the 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.
Acting Internship in Adult Neurology, NEU-850
Course Director, Julie Youssefi, 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 calls per week.

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 five days per week, one 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.

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 the 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. 
  • 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.

Contact Information:

Department of Neurology

Education Office

740 S. Limestone,

Kentucky Clinic J-455

Lexington, KY  40536