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Medical Student Education

Penn Neurology faculty take part in educational activities for medical students through every year of their education, beginning with lectures and small group seminars in the first year Brain and Behavior Course.

Clinical experiences begin in the second year when every University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine student rotates through the neurology service for three weeks. Students elect to do their clerkships at either the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Each student is assigned to an inpatient service and an outpatient clinic designed to mesh with that student’s ultimate career specialty goals. Didactic sessions are held for four hours weekly. The clerkship is one of the most highly rated in the School of Medicine and both faculty and residents receive praise for their especially effective teaching.

Each year, about one dozen students exploring the possibility of neurology as a career choice return for an advanced level clerkship. Penn medical students match at top neurology residency programs throughout the country.


The CNST is open to all medical students who have been accepted into the Perelman School of Medicine and who have strong interest in pursuing a career in the clinical neurosciences. The program is aimed at training clinical neuroscientists who will eventually participate on the forefront of academic practice and research. The CNST draws on the resources of the departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Psychiatry, as well as the neurologically-oriented subspecialties in other departments, such as Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, Otorhinolaryngology, and Opthalmology. It consists of Clinical Conferences, Journal Club, mentoring, research opportunities, and specially designed Clinical Neuroscience courses.

Interested students should contact Dr. Steven Siegel, CNST Director or Dr. Roy Hamilton, CNST Associate Director at More information is available at: