Neurology Clerkship

  • Make sure to check out the NBME Exam Content Outlines and Sample Items for this subject exam.
    • Keep in mind the often-overlooked topics: up to 10% of the exam is on mental disorders; sleep medicine is also potentially on the exam.
  • Write detailed notes on the outpatient service! The faculty loved this. Seriously, write like 4+ page notes with a really detailed neuro physical exam (every CN on it's own line) and they will love it. Helps out big time in the evaluation department.

Review Texts

    • Created by Mark Tuttle in 2011, it is an 84-page comprehensive outline of the major topics seen on the NBME neurology exam. Based on the neurology sections from Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine as well as points from Case Files, PreTest, as well as review articles on high-yield topics (eg. low back pain).
  • Case Files: Neurology: Essential for this exam.
  • Lange Clinical Neurology: Not recommended. This text is symptom-based instead of being disease-based. For instance, they might cover everything that causes ataxia in one chapter, but not in any depth. You'll see different diseases mentionened in different chapters in a scattered manner. Covers some things beyond the scope of the NBME exam (ex. drug dosing), and leaves other important topics out.
  • Blueprints: Neurology: Not recommended. Covers topics in only a cursory manner. Not good preparation for the NBME exam.
  • First Exposure to Neurology: A decent text. In paragraph (versus bullet-outline) format. Some said it was lacking in emphasis on pathophysiology, but others found it very useful.
  • Neurology for Non-neurologists: Similar style as First Exposure (paragraphs). Some found this text usfeul.

Question Banks

  • PreTest Neurology: essential for this NBME exam. Not nearly as necessary in other clerkships as this one.
  • Kaplan: Neuro section was excellent.
  • USMLE World: Neuro section was excellent.

Study Resources