School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Mentoring Program


Each student will be a given a Passport at the orientation. The passport is a document to be filled out by the supervising neurologist as he/she observes the student taking the history and performing the neurological exam. The Clerkship will be incomplete without returning the passport completed and signed at the end of the clerkship.

Neurology Clerkship Passport document




Supervising physician:


Neurological Exam:

Mental Status:

Cranial Nerves:






*The supervising Neurologist should fill out this passport by placing his initials next to each element and commenting on how the student did.

*The history taking should be supervised, if not, students need to present to the supervising physician how the history was obtained, e.g. how the symptoms develop (sudden/gradual i.e. temporal profile), the duration of the symptoms……..etc. Each part of the neurological exam must be supervised and initiated and feedback given by the supervising attending Neurologist or the senior resident (junior residents are not allowed to complete this passport).

*The Clerkship will be incomplete without returning this passport properly filled out by the supervising Neurologist.


Starting in 2006 – 2007 each student will receive a copy of “Practical Neurology DVD Review” (2005) to be used during the Clerkship. This is a book of case vignettes with video clips of real patients on a CD. It is recommended that students read and watch most of the cases and answer the related questions for each case. The book with the accompanied CD and a list of required cases to be read (represent common problems in neurology) will be given to the students at the orientation. The students are required to read the cases on the list and sign and date next to each case when read. The book, the accompanied CD and the required case list need to be returned at the end of the clerkship (no later than the exam date, as the next students group will be using the same books), if not returned the clerkship will be incomplete.


Most students have found Neurology for the House Officer useful although it serves more as an outline than a textbook. Merritt’s Textbook of Neurology edited by Lewis Rowland is the gold standard for Neurology textbooks and should be purchased by any student interested in diseases of the nervous system. In general, the Neurology sections of both Harrison’s and Cecil’s textbooks of Internal Medicine are useful at a student’s level and may be used.




  • Neurology Blueprints: By Frank W. Drislane, MD; Michael Benatar, MBChB, Dphil; and Bernard Chang, MD. Paperback: 225 pages. publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2nd edition (2006), ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-0463-0. ISBN-10: 1-4051-0463-5. It has 75 board-format Q&As with answer explanations.
  • Blueprints Clinical Cases, Neurology: By K. Sheth, O. A. Harris, T. A. Cho, A. B. Caughey. Paperback: 390 pages. Publisher:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2nd edition (2007), ISBN-13:978-1-4051-0494-4. ISBN-10: 1-4051-0494-5. It has 60 cases with Q&A review section.
  • Neurology (House Officer Series)By Howard L. Weiner, Lawrence P., Md. Levitt, Alexander D., Mb. Rae-Grant. Paperback: 287 pages. Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 7th edition (2004), ISBN: 0781747473



  • (Click on Products, then Specialty, Neurology)
  • MGHNeuro™ (The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Neurology) by Alice W. Flaherty, MD, PhD
  • WUSNeuro™ (The Washington Manual™ Neurology Survival Guide)
  • Harrison’s (Harrison's Manual of Medicine, 15th Ed.).(The Neurology section in this e-book is very good and you would also use Harrison’s for other rotations)