Department of Neurology
MSC10 5620
Health Sciences Center
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Administrative Office
Phone: (505) 272-3342
Fax: (505) 272-6692

Clinical Neuroscience Centers

Lomas Center
2211 Lomas Blvd. NE
Phone: (505) 272-3160

Neurology Clerkship

Advice for maximizing your experience on Neurology:

  • Show enthusiasm.
  • Be punctual.
  • Take good care of your patients.
  • Ask questions.
  • Read about your patients.
  • Start studying for the SHELF board exam on day one.
  • Have a positive attitude.


  • Obtain a complete and reliable history focusing on relevant facts.
  • Perform a complete and reliable neurological examination tailored to the chief complaint.
  • Develop a limited differential diagnosis based on the above.
  • Know the diagnostic criteria, natural history, demographics, treatment and prognosis for important neurological conditions.
  • Know the appropriate use and limitations of neurodiagnostic tests.
  • Read and prepare for the SHELF board exam and USMLE step exams.


  • Lectures: attend all lectures and review on-line teaching modules.
  • TINS: Prepare for and participate in TINS. This is the core of the teaching during this rotation. This will help to prepare you for the SHELF board exam.
  • Conferences: attend all required conferences.
  • Read about and observe neurodiagnostic tests including EEG, EMG and neuroimaging.

You will spend two weeks on the inpatient ward, one week on pediatric neurology consults and one week on adult clinic and consults.

All students will have one weekend call (8am – 8pm) and one week night call (5pm-8pm). You will round with the attending on weekend call and then join the resident to see patients on consults and in the ER. On week night call you will join the resident seeing patient on consults and for admissions.

Your grade in Neurology will be determined by the evaluations of the residents and attending with whom you interact, your oral exam score, your TINS grade and your SHELF board score. You must pass the SHELF board exam to pass the rotation. Evaluations are by the PRIME format. Ask for feedback. It shows that you care and want to improve.

You are expected to dress and act professionally. We expect you to attend all scheduled activities. If you need to leave early or arrive late please let us know. If you need to miss please notify us promptly. We also expect the residents and attending to act professionally. If you observe anyone acting unprofessionally we need to and want to know about it.