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Medical School Education

Students in classroomFirst and Second Years

The department of neurology faculty teaches in the first-year Neurosciences and Functional Systems blocks, and in the second-year Pathophysiology and Therapeutics block. Selected faculty members also teach in other areas such as the Cell and Molecular Biology block in the first year and in blocks where epidemiology and immunology are taught, based upon their particular research interests and expertise.

Third Year

NEUR 530. Neurological Sciences III

All members of the third-year/fourth-year class have a four-week clerkship on the neurology-neurosurgery service at the University Hospital or the adjacent Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A didactic series of lecture-demonstrations is given by the neurology and neurosurgery staff, and students attend the combined conferences in both disciplines. In addition, students attend rounds and may assist in the performance of some procedures. Under house staff and attending staff supervision, students are responsible for the care of patients with neurological disorders in both critical care unit and ward settings as well as in out-patient clinics.


NEUR 541. Clinical Electives

After completion of the third year, students are offered a variety of clinical experiences on the neurological service at University Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, Montebello Rehabilitation Center, St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. The neurologic examination of the patient is emphasized, as well as the study and application of a wide variety of specialized neurologic diagnostic techniques. Each student will become proficient in taking a neurologic history, performing a neurologic exam, and formulating a reasonable diagnostic impression or differential diagnosis, a plan of investigation and management for several of the more common neurologic problems.

NEUR 548. Neurological Research Electives

Doctor listening to patient

In all four undergraduate years, a limited number of students will have the opportunity to work with individual members of the department in the following areas:

  1. cerebrovascular physiology;
  2. neuromuscular research;
  3. neurophysiology;
  4. neurochemistry;
  5. neurovirology and immunology;
  6. computers and neurology;
  7. epilepsy;
  8. degenerative disorders and
  9. molecular-biology and the nervous system.

Student Fellowships

Students who have completed their first, second or third years and have an interest in neurologic sciences may apply for additional training in clinical neurology or in one of the research laboratories of the department. Qualified students may receive remuneration as fellows for the 10-week fellowships taken during vacation periods.