MD Program

The Division is involved in providing instruction to UBC medical students (250) during the Brain and Behavior section of Phase Two. Division members lecture within the didactic calendar on topics such as headache, dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and neuromuscular disorders.

The Neurosciences Clinical Skills course gives students 18 hours of small-group instruction (6 – 8 students) in learning to perform a neurological examination. This consists of 32 student groups scheduled between January and May using on average 24 neurologists from the Division (includes VGH, UBCH and SPH staff).

Support materials have been developed and these are disseminated to distant sites as printed and video material. These sessions have been enhanced by the recruitment of volunteer patients who are used to demonstrate common deficits found on neurological examination.

During third year, all Vancouver-based students participate in a small-group (2 – 4 students) bedside session. They evaluate a patient with neurological disease following which a Division member provides direct instruction.

Students enrolled in the Vancouver program are provided with a two hour seminar reviewing the neurological examination and other topics in neurology. This is scheduled at VGH during the first week of their medical CTU rotation and is simulcast to distant sites (SPH, Royal Columbian and Royal Jubilee Hospitals).

A 4-week elective/selective is offered in third or fourth year to any UBC medical student. On average, 15 – 20 students participate at either SPH or VGH sites in a primarily inpatient rotation. At VGH, students may be scheduled to Neurology as part of their medical CTU training. In addition, the Division accepts students from Canadian and accredited foreign medical schools for elective study.

Faculty associated with the Division provide clinical teaching in the Vancouver Island and Prince George programs.