Drexel University

Neurology Pathway

Drexel University College of Medicine

Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.

MUST READ FOR PATHWAY 2018-2019: Neurology Pathway Breakout Handout 2018-2019


The Department of Neurology offers to the senior medical student a discipline-based pathway. It is designed to attract students who are interested in becoming Neurologists or those individuals who have selected other disciplines (within or outside the neuroscience area), who desire a broad exposure to the various neuroscience specialties and related disciplines.

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Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director:

 Drexel University College of Medicine

Carla LoPinto-Khoury, M.D.
Department of Neurology
245 N 15th Street, Mail Stop 423
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 762-7684 Phone
(215) 762-3161 Fax ATTN: Kristen Erwin
Coordinator: Kirsten Erwin
(215) 762-7684 Phone
(215) 762-3161 Fax ATTN: Kristen Erwin

Co-Director/Associate Pathway Directors, Site Coordinators and Teaching Sites:


Co-Director/Associate Director

Site Coordinator


Carla LoPinto-Khoury, M.D.

Kirsten Erwin

Allegheny General

Tony Desai, M.D.
Allegheny General Hospital
Department of Neurology
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: (412) 359-3686
Fax: (412) 321-5073

Lisa Pappert
Phone: (412) 359-8843
Fax: (412) 321-5073


Kesha Wilford, M.D.
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Neurology Service
One Medical Center Boulevard
Upland, PA 19013
Phone: (610) 447-2690
Fax: (610) 447-2918

Margie Dieter
Phone: 484-766-5004

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Goals and Objectives

The goals of the pathway include:

  1. To promote student development of clinical skills and acquisition of knowledge in the field of Clinical Neurology and in related fields.
  2. To expose the student to the various disciplines within the neurosciences.
  3. To allow the student to concentrate both his/her energies in the neurosciences, but also to create a senior year curriculum that offers a wide spectrum of educational opportunity.

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Description of Pathway

Click here for a summary table of the Neurology Pathway.

Senior Student Discipline-Based Pathway Curriculum in Neurology

Students selecting the discipline-based pathway in Neurology are required to take the following courses as part of the fourth-year curriculum. Each student may select or be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist the student in organizing the senior year pathway and who will provide close supervision and guidance throughout the year. The Medicine Subinternship and Required Neurology must be taken at institutions within the DUCOM system, so designated "home" sites.

Required courses (must take the first three):

  1. Rotation in Internal Medicine (subinternship)
  2. Neurology Course (pre-requisite for Sub I) * please contact Pathway Director for questions about required course
  3. Neurology Sub-internship (preferred at Home; the Pathway Director must approve Away Neurology Subinternships)
  4. Neurological Electives: Optional, should not be greater than 8 weeks. Away rotations need to be approved in advance by the Pathway Director.
    • Clinical Neuroscience Elective in Epilepsy & EEG (2weeks at HUH).
    • Child NEurology is offered at SCHC and Monmouth. You may seek electives at other locations.
  5. Research Elective: Contact faculty in the Department of Neurology listed on the Drexel Neurosciences Institute website. You may seek out other research electives. All research must be approved by the Special Electives Committee.
  6. Neuro-related Elective(s): Choose at least two from this list:
    The general electives offer the student experiences outside Neurology, but in disciplines with relevance to neurologic diseases. These electives can be taken "home" or "away."
    a. Orthopedics
    b. Rheumatology
    c. Ophthalmology
    d. Otolaryngology
    e. Emergency Medicine
    f. Cardiology
    g. Anesthesiology
    h. Neuroradiology
    i. Neurosurgery
    j. Infectious Diseases
    k. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    l. Neuro-ophthalmology
  7. Free Electives
    • There are free elective periods in the senior year. Proposals of a "non-traditional" free elective are welcome and students are encouraged to select clinical and/or research experience at institutions outside the DUCOM system. Strict adherence to educational value is necessary, however.

The student may take a maximum of 14 weeks of Neurological course work in the senior year. This includes the six weeks of the Clerkship and the Subinternship.

Neurology Subinternship Curriculum

See Neurology Subinternship

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

  1. Neurology Syllabus.
  2. Principles of Neurology - Adams and Victor.
  3. Merritt's Textbook of Neurology - Lewis Roland.
  4. Memorix Neurology Peter Berlit. Chapman & Hall Medical.
  5. Localization in Clnical Neurology - Brazis, Masdeu, Biller.
  6. Neurology in Clinical Practice - Bradley, Daroff, Fenichel, Masdeu. (The Little Black Book of Neurology)
  7. http://www.aan.com/
  8. http://www.drexelmed.edu/neurology/
  9. http://www.strokeassociation.org/
  10. http://www.stroke-site.org/


The student's clinical performance will be evaluated by the supervising attending and may include consultation with collaborating residents and other clinical personnel who are familiar with the student's handling of responsibilities.

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revised 03/21/2019