Goals and Objectives


  • To teach the principles and skills underlying the recognition and management of the neurologic diseases a general medical practitioner is most likely to encounter in practice.
  • Provide an educational program that helps prepare our students for any residency they may choose as part of the general professional education.
  • Prepare students to be exemplary house officers (AKA residents).
  • Acquisition of the clinical application of basic knowledge of the nervous system.
  • Development of communication skills that will facilitate the clinical interaction with patients with neurologic disorders and their families and thus ensure that complete, accurate data are obtained.
  • Development of competency in the single system neurological examination.
  • Acquisition of the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and initial management of common acute and chronic neurological conditions.
  • Development of clinical problem-solving skills.
  • An understanding of the influence of family, community, and society in the care of people with neurological
  • Development of strategies for health promotion and prevention of neurological damage.
  • Development of the attitudes and professional behaviors appropriate for clinical practice.
  • An understanding of the approach of neurologists to the health care of people with neurologic conditions.
  • Begin to understand an educational plan for continuous learning throughout your medical career.


The Department’s expectations of your performance are in line with the College of Medicine’s competency based curriculum. There are several objectives, both general and specific, that will help you develop and reinforce your procedural and analytical skills. You will experience, be taught, and evaluated specifically in the following competencies:

  • Professionalism (P)
  • Practice-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Patient Care (PC)
  • Interpersonal Communication (IC)
  • Medical Knowledge (MK)
  • System Based Practice (SBP)


  • Demonstrate the professional conduct necessary for a successful clinical interaction with patients and families (P).
  • Demonstrate respect of patient and family differences in attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyles, paying particular attention to cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic influences (P).
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, initiative, responsibility, honesty, and reliability (P).
  • Demonstrate solicitation, acceptance, and action on feedback (P).
  • Demonstrate collegiality and respect for all members of the health care team (P).
  • Evaluate patients in a variety of clinical settings, establishing rapport with the patient and family in order to obtain a complete history and physical examination (PC)(IC).
  • Summarize history and exam findings, especially the key elements. (MK)(IC).
  • Prepare a complete written summary of the history and physical and orally present the case in a chief complaint focused and chronological manner (PC)(IC).
  • Identify clinical problems and outline an initial diagnostic and therapeutic plan (PC).
  • Know when hospitalization and diagnostic tests are indicated (PC).
  • Select the diagnostic tests which are most likely to be useful and be aware of their costs and limitations (PC)(SBP).
  • Effectively communicate information about the diagnosis and treatment to patients and families (IC).
  • Obtain updated information relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of the patient, performing a literature search and critical review of the literature (PBL).