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Department of Neurosciences

GOALS

The principal goal of the neurology curriculum is to instruct residents/students in the appropriate methods of clinical examination of the nervous system at the bedside, to familiarize them with the major diagnostic categories and diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, to become conversant with major diagnostic electrophysiologic and imaging techniques that are appropriate to clinical diagnosis in neurology, to be able to assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat medical patients with neurological complications as well as patients with primary neurological diseases.  Basic electrophysiology, neuroradiology and neurophysiology will be addressed as it pertains to clinically relevant neurological problems.

OBJECTIVES

Specific knowledge concerning the basic types and treatment and differential diagnosis of headache, vertigo, syncope, pain, peripheral; neuropathy, myopathy, dementia, delirium, cerebrovascular disease and stoke as well as cerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage, seizure disorders, infectious and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, extrapyramidal diseases, demyelinating disorders, complications of acquired immunodeficiency disease, neuromuscular diseases, infectious diseases of the central nervous system, toxic disorders and the ability to differentiate psychiatric from neurologic conditions will be part of the course curriculum covered throughout the month by the 3rd year resident.

REQUIRED READING

The neurology rotation will consists of:

  1. The neurology section of Harrison's Principals in the Practice of Medicine.

  2. The Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program of syllabus.

  3. Appropriate sections of Baker's Clinical Neurology as they relate to disease entitles under discussion.

Clinical skills and personal attributes to the resident will consist of the ability to perform neurological history and physical examination and competence in the performance of lumbar puncture and some familiarity with the interpretation of electroencephalography, electromyography, evoked potentials, CT scanning and MRI scanning of the brain and spinal cord.

The faculty will include Dr. Souhel Najjar, Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences and Dr.Arun Babu, attending physician.

The teaching will be by means of neurologic consultations and bedside rounds, clinics, formal lectures, grand rounds and review of appropriate imaging and electrodiagnostic studies.

EVALUATION

Evaluation for the resident's performance will be made at the conclusion of the neurology rotation and will be discussed with each individual resident/student.

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