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NU05P **Neurology Subinternship

Course Directors:Dr. James Noble, jn2054@columbia.edu
Coordinator:Emerita Verdejo, ev2203@columbia.edu
Month(s) offered:Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
DescriptionGeneral Description:

The advanced clerkship, or subinternship, provides an intense, hospital ward-based experience in clinical neurology for students who may wish to pursue a career in neurology.

Learning Opportunities/Format:

During this elective, the student will function as a resident house officer on the Merritt and Putnam Neurology Services at Columbia University Medical Center. The elective provides an excellent opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills, knowledge and problem solving ability in neurology, under close supervision of the Department of Neurology attending and resident staff. The student will play a primary role in the assessment and management of neurological patients. The range of neurological problems at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center is wide, and includes vascular disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, coma, trauma, movement disorders, epilepsy, infectious diseases of the nervous system, neurological complications of systemic disease, and neuropsychiatric disorders. There is an overnight call requirement for this elective, ranging from 1-in-4 to 1-in-7 nights, depending on the service. Subinternship students also participate in the outpatient general neurology clinics. There is an abundant opportunity for students to attend in the many teaching rounds, and subspecialty conferences, and residency conferences Morning Report, Chief of Service Rounds, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality Rounds of the Department.


Obtained by the student from the ward attending neurologist and senior neurology resident.

Assessment Methods:

Evaluations are based on the quality of their clinical work throughout the rotation, taking into account knowledge and problem solving skills, clinical skills, oral presentations written consultations follow-up notes, patient care skills, procedures, oral presentations, written consultations, follow-up notes, ability to organize care, patient interaction skills, teamwork, attitude and approach to learning. Students are responsible for having their evaluation form completed. A summative evaluation is submitted by the Attending Neurologist to the student's medical school within 5 weeks of the rotation. Copies of evaluations must be submitted to course coordinator within 2 weeks of completion of the rotation.

Grading Criteria:

The grading scale for ALL P&S electives is Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail. A grade of Honors affirms the student’s readiness to function as a competent intern in neurology.

First Day Reporting:

8am, Milstein 8HS, 1st day of assigned month.
NotesPrevious neurology clerkship is required for all students to participate in this elective.

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