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Introduction and Goals

An understanding of the pathologic basis of neurologic diseases is essential for understanding the clinical manifestations of disease, as well as the potential mechanisms of treatment. The goals of this elective are for the resident to become familiar with:

  • The gross anatomy and histology of the nervous system
  • Gross and microscopic pathology findings in neurologic diseases
  • Modern diagnostic pathology techniques including special stains and studies

Objectives and Evaluation Matrix

As with all of the neurology rotations, the specific objectives are reflected in the entrustable professional activities and individual milestones listed below. These form the basis for the end-of-rotation evaluation. (Please see the section End-of-Rotation Evaluations above for the list of milestone abbreviations).


The resident will be present in the pathology suite Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:00 PM. The resident will attend brain cutting on Monday and Thursday afternoons, and participate in daily sign out rounds. During free time, he or she will review the CPC cases and museum cases housed in the pathology department. The resident will attend the neuromuscular case conference on Tuesday afternoons, and attend all regularly scheduled neurology residency conferences.

Work Hours

The estimated average number of work hours per week is 50. There are no call responsibilities required during this rotation.

Suggested References

Ellison, D. (2013). Neuropathology : a reference text of CNS pathology. Edinburgh; New York: Mosby.

Gray, F., Duyckaerts, C., De Girolami, U., Escourolle, R., & Gray, F. (2014). Escourolle & Poirier’s manual of basic neuropathology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Latest revision: 07-09-2019