Visiting Medical Student Clerkship

Neurology electives at our Mayo Clinic campus in Arizona

These clerkships take place at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Students are supervised directly by consultant and resident physicians.

Neurology Inpatient Service

On the hospital service, students attend rounds with their supervising consultant and inpatient neurology team. You will perform histories and physical examinations on new admissions and consultations, and follow these patients through their hospital course. Opportunities are available to perform neurological procedures such as lumbar punctures.

Goals for this rotation include learning to:

  • Refine skills in conducting neurological examinations
  • Arrive at an anatomic localization of different neurological problems and synthesize differential diagnoses
  • Select the appropriate sequence of laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures
  • Understand the utility and limitations of EEG, EMG, MRI and other neurological diagnostic tests
  • Manage common neurological problems in the inpatient setting

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

The Mayo Clinic Hospital Epilepsy Monitoring Unit has six inpatient hospital beds that are fully equipped with state-of-the-art 24-hour video-EEG monitoring equipment. During your rotation, you work closely with multidisciplinary epilepsy team including staff epileptologists, epilepsy fellows, neurology residents, neurosurgeons, and neuropsychologists.

You perform history and physical examinations on new admissions and follow patients' progress during their stay in the unit. You also attend daily epilepsy rounds in the morning and attend weekly multidisciplinary epilepsy surgery conference. Additionally, you have opportunities to further your knowledge in EEG interpretation, be exposed to neuropsychological testing and its uses, participate in clinical research, and observe epilepsy surgery cases.

Prerequisites include completion of three years of medical school and the basic neurology clerkship.

Goals for this rotation are to:

  • Develop an understanding of patients with epilepsy in a comprehensive epilepsy center
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of ILAE classifications of epilepsy and apply it in a clinical setting
  • Learn and apply the pharmacological and surgical therapies for epilepsy
  • Develop an understanding for the complete care of the patient with epilepsy including neuropsychological evaluation, therapeutic intervention and medical therapy

You may also request the opportunity to observe the activities of the EEG, EMG, neurovascular, autonomic and movement disorder laboratories. While the emphasis of the clerkship is either inpatient neurology or experience in the epilepsy monitoring unit, students have the opportunity to gain added experience in the fields of movement disorders, demyelinating disease, neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy, cerebrovascular disease, cognitive disorders and headache.

Method of evaluation

Student performance and learning will be assessed by observation. Consultants who work with students provide written performance evaluations.

Contact information

    1. Medical Education Office
    2. 13400 E. Shea Blvd.
    3. Scottsdale, AZ 85259
    1. Neurology Clerkship Director: Jonathan Carter, M.D.
    2. Neurology Clerkship Coordinator: Sandra (Sande) M. Hogan
    3. Phone: 480-301-6884
    4. Email: hogan.sandra@mayo.edu

See our Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program for more information regarding eligibility requirements, application and scheduling and other details.

Oct. 10, 2017