Clinical Neurosciences (Psychiatry and Neurology)

The Clinical Neurosciences Clerkship is an 8-week, combined clerkship experience in Psychiatry and Neurology.  Students spend 4 weeks in Psychiatry and 4 weeks in Neurology.  In psychiatry, students are assigned to one site for the full 4-week experience, which may be in an inpatient, partial hospital, consult, or children’s hospital setting.   In Neurology, students spend two weeks on one service and two weeks on a different service.  These service settings may include inpatient neurology, consult neurology, and neurosurgery.  Students also participate in an integrated didactic series as part of this clerkship. 

Assessment Methods Grade Composition
Psychiatry  
Written Clinical Evaluations 50%
OSCE 20%
Shelf Exam 20%
Observed Clinical Interview 10%
Neurology  
Written Clinical Evaluations 50%
OSCE 20%
Shelf Exam 20%
History & Physical 10%
Objectives
1. Recognize and diagnose the major neurological and psychiatric disorders.
2. Conduct a comprehensive history and exam for patients with these disorders.
3. Formulate a differential diagnosis of the major neuropsychiatric syndromes based upon history and examination findings.
4. Describe the clinical features, differential diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of common neuropsychiatric syndromes – in both the emergency and maintenance settings.
5. Recognize and select from the available treatment settings for optimal psychiatric care – inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, residential.
6. Compare and contrast the role of family, community supports, and the courts (certification, guardianship) in neuropsychiatric disease and treatment.
7. Recognize the central role of biopsychosocial and neuropsychiatric formulation in assessment and treatment of patients across settings.