Visiting Fourth Year Medical Students

We welcome interested fourth year medical students applying for pediatric neurology to do a one month away elective at Duke.

Rotations are set up using the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) through the AAMC website.

Information about our program can be found by searching for “Duke Pediatric Neurology” or by following this link

Contact and location

Shital Patel, MD is the faculty contact while on pediatric neurology elective. For more information about the rotation, please contact her directly at

Rotation details

The elective curriculum is flexible depending on the student’s interest. Typically, students spend two weeks outpatient and two weeks inpatient.

Outpatient rotation (2 weeks)

Clinics are M-F, generally starting at 8:00 am and ending around 5:00 pm. We have three different locations for clinic:

The outpatient experience involves rotating through various general and subspecialty clinics. If you prefer to spend more time in a particular clinic based on your clinical interest, this can be accommodated. The following are the list of faculty and their clinical specialties:

Inpatient rotation (2 weeks)

There are three inpatient services:

  • Epilepsy monitoring unit (aka EMU)
  • ED/floor consults
  • ICU consults

Fourth year medical students have typically found it best to spend one week in the ICU and one week on the ED/floor consult team.

Conference schedule

Monday, 8:00 - 8:30 am 
Journal Club. Located down the hall from PNE office, T-0908. Residents and attendings take turns picking out an article and leading a discussion.

Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Pediatrics Grand Rounds. Located in DN 2002; coffee/tea available.

Wednesday, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Neuro Grand Rounds. Located in DN 2003.

Thursday, 8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Report. Located across the hall from PNE office, T-0912. A resident presents a case, the others ask questions and develop a differential. The presenter gives a 5-10 minute talk on the topic of the case.

Thursday, 8:30 - 9:30 am
Pediatric Neuroradiology Conference. Located in DN 1526 – hard to find so go with a buddy the first time!

Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Epilepsy Surgery Conference. Located in 8W66. 

Friday, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Pediatric Neurology noon conference. Located in Duke North 2253.


  • GeneReviews
    For common neurologic disorders with a genetic etiology, simply Google the disorder + “genereviews” to find a nice overview of the topic.
  • Pediatric Peripheral Brain
    Will be provided electronically prior to your rotation.
  • Pediatric Neurology: A Signs and Symptoms Approach by Fenichel
    Don’t buy it, a copy is available in the pediatric resident workroom and can be viewed online through UMC library.
  • University of Utah, Neonatal Neurology Exam Videos