School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

3rd Year Rotations


By the end of the clerkship, each student should be able to take an appropriate clinical history and perform a complete and orderly neurological examination as well as pertinent aspects of a general physical examination (e.g. carotidartery examination in a patient with a stroke). Students are expected to be able to localize the most likely site of the problem within the nervous system and to justify their opinion. Students are also expected to approach patients with appropriate sensitivity and to respect the patient’s dignity. There is a Neurology passport that must be completed by the supervising attending or the senior resident and must be returned at the end of the clerkship. (The clerkship will not be complete without returning this passport). The passport involves performing a history and a Neurological exam on a patient.


When multiple neurologists participate in student supervision, one evaluation form may be submitted after obtaining input from the supervising neurologists and the senior residents. Evaluations will consider a student’s participation in clinical rounds, presentations, neurological assessments, ethic, and student‘s interaction with patients, families, staff and team members. .

The clerkship director determines final grades with assistance from a grading committee consisting of the Departmental Chairman and Associate Chairman. All grades may be appealed to the committee.

Students receiving a failing clinical grade must repeat the course.

Students who receive a Satisfactory or honors clinical grade but fail the final examination will receive a grade of unsatisfactory and must retake the written exam. If a student fails the retake exam he/she must meet with the Clerkship director to determine the next step, as the student may have to repeat the clinical rotation. Students who fail the clinical rotation will receive unsatisfactory grade for the course and must repeat it.