There are five full-time clinical faculty in the department, who participate in the following areas:
Medical student education: The department is involved in medical student teaching during all the four years of medical school. The Faculty teach correlative neurology in the “Structure and Function” course given to Freshmen students; neurological disorders in the “Organ Systems” course given to Sophomore students and also participate in teaching them techniques of physical examination during “Physical Diagnosis”; the four-week rotating “Junior Clinical Clerkship” course spread throughout the year to Junior clinical medical students; and electives are offered to senior students.
Residency Training: The residency-training program in neurology was reviewed for re-accreditation by the ACGME in May 2006 and for the first time in its history, received an unprecedented five-year accreditation period with the next visit not due until 2011. The program trains a total of six residents.
Clinical Service: The department runs an inpatient service, manages four outpatient ambulatory clinics, which includes a pediatric neurology clinic, answers all consultations in neurology and child neurology, and also participates in managing adult and pediatric patients in the private practice setting.
Clinical Procedures: The faculty conduct and interpret a number of clinical procedures, including EEG (electroencephalogram), Video-EEG monitoring, EMG (electromyogram), NCV (nerve conduction velocity), Carotid Ultrasound and TCD (transcranial Doppler). It is currently involved in developing a dedicated two-bed sleep diagnostic center.
Research: All clinical faculty supervise resident research and are involved in areas of clinical research, some funded and some unfunded. For the first time the Academy of Neurology accepted a resident research paper for poster presentation and abstract publication at its annual convention on May 1, 2007 in Boston.
The department has consistently participated in the minority scholarship program established for medical students, by Aventis Pharmaceuticals, for promoting minority interest in the field of academic neurology, and conducted by the Academy of Neurology Education and Research Foundation Program. It also sponsors the SIGN (Student Interest Group in Neurology) program and has been able to attract Howard medical students into neurology residency training. This year, three Howard students were each awarded an Aventis scholarship out of a total of eight students accepted, in a nationwide call for applications. They also had a chance to participate fully, at no charge, in the Annual Academy of Neurology Convention Meetings in Boston in May 2007.
The department is in the process of setting up a specialty-specific dementia clinic, with input from geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine and family medicine to help develop it into a center.