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Course Catalog

Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Courses       4 Clerkships

Frank Longo, MD, PhD

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Courses offered by the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences are listed under the subject code NENS on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences does not offer degrees; however, it does offer classes that are open to undergraduates, medical students, and other graduate students. The department accepts graduate students as advisees for study and research. Undergraduate students may arrange individual research projects under the supervision of department faculty.


Preclinical instruction is designed to prepare students for the application of basic science to the management of clinical neurological diseases encountered in the neurology clerkships. Students receive a concentrated course of study in the clinical neurosciences during the Brain and Behavior block of the Human Health and Disease Core. Those students with a particular interest in Vascular Neurology can also elect to take NENS 204, Stroke Seminar.

Directed reading and research opportunities are available under the direction of individual faculty members.

Clinical instruction is available at the Stanford University Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. At each medical center, students work on active inpatient consultation and outpatient services under the direct supervision of full-time faculty members.


The Neurology Residency Program is a three-year, comprehensive postgraduate program that integrates training in clinical neurology with the basic neurological sciences. The program includes rotations on the wards and in the clinics at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Residents evaluate patients with a broad range of neurologic disorders in the Emergency Department, intensive care unit, wards, and clinics. Residents receive training in adult and pediatric neurology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, psychiatry, and clinical neurophysiology. Elective rotations in subspecialty areas are available. There is a strong emphasis on clinical excellence, career and professional development, and scholarly activity. A dedicated, optional six block research track is available that allows for concentrated basic or clinical neuroscience research during the second (PGY-3) year of training. A three-year program leading to certification in neurology with special competence in Child Neurology is also available. Interested individuals are encouraged to extend programs for one or two years to obtain research training in the clinical or basic neuroscience subspecialties.


Interested individuals are encouraged to extend their Residency programs for one or two years to obtain research training in the clinical or basic neuroscience subspecialties. For information, refer to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs home page at http://postdocs.stanford.edu/ or the departmental home page.


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