PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed their M3 Core Clerkship in Psychiatry.

PURPOSE: The primary goal of this rotation is to increase the student’s understanding of the assessment and management of patients with cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioral problems related to neurological diseases. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the care of outpatients and inpatients with complex neuropsychiatric illnesses. Students will perform cognitive and neurological examinations on the patients and will gain experience in the interpretation of neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging, and EEG (electroencephalography) results. The student will also be responsible for the presentation of a literature review on a topic of neuropsychiatric interest.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: The student will see one to two new patients per week with the attending and possibly with psychiatry residents. Students will present their patients to the attending and possibly to residents and other trainees. The settings in which patients are seen include the Neuropsychiatry Clinic, the Interdisciplinary Memory and Aging Clinic, and the hospital Neuropsychiatry Consultation Service. Patients seen will typically have cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioral problems related to neurological disorders such as epilepsy, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer disease, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration), or stroke. Common cognitive problems seen in patients with brain disorders include memory impairment, inattentiveness, distractibility, difficulty with problem solving, and loss of self-monitoring skills. Mood and behavior difficulties are also frequently part of neurological disorders and depression, irritability, anger, impulsivity, inappropriate behavior, and/or apathy can be seen. Learning opportunities associated with this rotation also include the Departments of Psychiatry & Neurology and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds and smaller, treatment unit-based didactic sessions.


Program Number: ELEC 659
Location: UI Health
Program Director: Joseph Cooper, MD
Coordinator: Graciela Bernal
Telephone: 312-996-4981
Duration: 4 weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No
Students Accepted:  Max: 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: Variable
Laboratory/Independent Study: Variable
Outpatient: Variable
Inpatient: Variable
Total Hours /Week: 30

KEYWORDS: Neuropsychiatry

Updated: 7/23/19