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Department of Neurology

Medical Students

Dr. Lisa Merlin with MD/PhD student Michaelangelo Fuortes

The department of neurology is involved in medical student education across all four years of training. Drs. Brian Anziska and Lisa Merlin oversee all aspects of the neuroscience curriculum. First-year students interact with our faculty during live patient demonstrations in their required Musculoskeletal and Neuroscience blocks. Our neurologists also work closely with first-year students during required Case-Based Learning (CBL) sessions. In the second year, the students practice the performance of the neurological examination under the direct supervision of our neurology faculty and residents, and they have a mandatory 6-week course on Nervous System and Psychopathology. All medical students take the 4-week neurology clerkship in their clinical years, during which they function as integral members of the ward and consult services. Many choose to spend additional time doing neurology electives (subinternship and/or subspecialty rotations, including pediatric neurology).

The Clinical Neurosciences Pathway, an honors program for medical students, has been a popular supplement to the above mandatory activities. This Pathway, directed and founded by Dr. Lisa Merlin, is the educational branch of the Furchgott Center for Neural and Behavioral Science (Dr. Roger Q. Cracco, Executive Director).

Medical students also have the opportunity to participate with our faculty on research projects, and many of our faculty have graduate school appointments and serve as thesis advisors for our MD-PhD program candidates.

Behind the scenes, our Neural and Behavioral Science Education Committee is the working group of basic and clinical neuroscience faculty who ensure the vertical integration of the medical school curriculum. This group has spearheaded the recent development of a Consortium of Medical Neuroscience Educators for the New York area, via collaboration with the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY).