Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Medical Students

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology faculty members are very involved in teaching and mentoring medical students. In the second-year course,  faculty members lecture on such topics as neuro-anatomy, epilepsy, movement disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, sleep disorders, headache, dementia, microbiology of central nervous system diseases, and the neuropathology of tumors and vascular diseases as well as other topics during the neurology section of the course.  Additionally, students are taught the neurological exam.  Senior residents and students act as volunteer teachers. In addition the neurology faculty is very involved in mentoring medical students at all levels of training through SIGN (student interest group in neurology).

Neurology Clerkship

The Neurology Clerkship is a required third-year core rotation. It is headed by the clerkship director and the Neurology faculty members. This clerkship experience consists of a four-week rotation.

Students rotate between a variety of settings including inpatient ward and stroke, consultation, outpatient clinics and the emergency department, where they have the chance to evaluate both acute and chronic neurological problems. An introductory class on the neurological examination is given at the beginning of the rotation by the clerkship director. There is also a special class from a senior resident, on introduction to Neuroradiology. In addition, there are case-based lectures headed by the neurology faculty throughout the rotation on various neurological topics. Students are expected to attain competency in clinical activities such as performing a neurological evaluation and to gain a basic knowledge of neurological diseases and conditions. Grades are determined using a combination of written evaluations from the faculty preceptors, assignments, and a written final examination.

Fourth-Year Rotations

Fourth-year students have the opportunity for additional experiences in neurology. Students interested in a career in Neurology are required to do a one-month clinical rotation during their senior year. This can be a sub-internship on the consultation or stroke service, an outpatient rotation or a combination of both experiences. The students also have an opportunity to participate in one to two month rotations that expose students to neurological research or particular aspects of clinical neurology. These rotations typically are arranged between the student and the neurology clerkship director with a selected faculty mentor.

MD Teaching Opportunities

Passionate teachers are critical to the success of Feinberg medical students. The Augusta Webster Office of Medical Education is looking for Feinberg faculty to inspire future leaders by teaching in our MD Program. We offer teaching formats and schedules that can accommodate your needs.


Stephen A VanHaerents, MD
Director, Medical Student Education in Neurology


Karan S Dixit, MD
Associate Director, Medical Student Education in Neurology