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Using a Mock Rounds Model and Neurology Patients to Teach Neurological Exam Skills in a Medical Neurobiology Course


First-year medical student groups rotated through classrooms, each containing a Neurology patient and physician, as a “Neuro Day” event to make direct clinical connections with the basic sciences. Inspired by post-graduate Clerkships, this event provided timely first-hand experiences focusing on pathological neurologic exam findings. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from end-of-course surveys. The results show how the event served to reinvigorate enthusiasm for learning Clinical Neurobiology outside the traditional lecture environment and could empower patients as educators within a teaching community.

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Lama, A.M., Murray, A.M., Frey, J. et al. Using a Mock Rounds Model and Neurology Patients to Teach Neurological Exam Skills in a Medical Neurobiology Course. Med.Sci.Educ. 31, 1567–1573 (2021).

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