Visiting Medical Student Clerkship

Electives in Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona

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

Clerkships offered include:

  • 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:
      Refine skills in conducting neurological examinations.
      -Learn how to arrive at an anatomic localization of different neurological problems and synthesize differential diagnoses.
      -Learn how to select the appropriate sequence of laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
      -Learn the utility and limitations of EEG, EMG, MRI and other neurological diagnostic tests.
      -Manage common neurological problems in the inpatient setting.
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Service
    • 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 will work closely with multidisciplinary epilepsy team including staff epileptologists, epilepsy fellows, neurology residents, neurosurgeons, and neuropsychologists. You will perform history and physical examinations on new admissions and follow patients' progress during their stay in the unit. You will also attend daily epilepsy rounds in the morning and attend weekly multidisciplinary epilepsy surgery conference. Additionally, you will 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 include:
      -Develop an understanding of patients with epilepsy in a comprehensive epilepsy center.
      -Develop 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.

Students 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

Medical Education Office
5777 East Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone: 480-342-2690
Fax: 480-342-2027

Neurology Clerkship Director: Jonathan Carter, M.D.
Neurology Clerkship Coordinator: Dana Siemon

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