Department of Neurology

Neurology 641

Bozeman Health Neurosciences Center
Bozeman, MT

931 Highland Blvd Ste 3210
Bozeman, MT 59715
Site Director: Josh Knappenberger, MD

Neurology Clinic Practice Manager
Jeannette Parkinson
Phone:  406-414-2410

Pre-arrival Requirements

At least THREE WEEKS prior to beginning your clerkship.

Email the following to  Kayla Hatfield.  E-signatures work.

Kayla Hatfield
WWAMI Program Student Coordinator
Bozeman Health/UW/MSU
Cell: 406-239-3727

Travel & Housing

Housing & transportation:  You will need a car.  You will receive mileage reimbursement for one roundtrip to and from Bozeman. You may also be eligible for one night’s stay in a hotel during your drive each way. Contact Scott Bailey for mileage reimbursement and hotel information or to make other travel arrangements.

Shared housing is available in Bozeman, MT.  Kayla Hatfield will help you set this up once your paperwork is in.  The address is 617 N. 5th Street Unit J, Bozeman, MT 59715.

First Day & Orientation

Clerkship orientation: You will need to view the away student orientation video on the Distance Learning page. Please let the clerkship coordinator know if you have questions or any difficulties viewing the video.

Equipment to bring: White coat and name tag, reflex hammer, tuning fork (128Hz), stethoscope, (ophthalmoscope recommended).

First day: See Kayla Hatfield at 8:00AM to pick up your Student ID badge, get EPIC training/setup, hospital tour, etc.  Please bring your laptops to go over resources, and to ensure remote access works for the EMR.  Then off to the Bozeman Health Neurology Clinic.

Course Requirements

Course requirements are listed below. Refer to the Distance Learning page for due dates.

Pocket syllabus: A “pocket syllabus” is available at your site. A printable (PDF) version is also available on the Pocket Syllabus page.

Cases: Two case write-ups are due each week. Further information is available in the orientation video and on the Cases page. Your assigned case numbers are on the Distance Learning page. Please note that your assigned case numbers are different than for the Seattle-based students. Weekly case answers and video lectures will be available on the Distance Learning page on Thursdays after 1PM.

Patient log: You are required to log in the patients you have seen each week. The log is described in the clerkship orientation video. Additional details are on the Patient Log page.

Clinical & Bioethical CEX exercises: You are required to do both a clinical and a bioethical mini-CEX for this course. See the Mini-CEX page for details.

Presentations: Presentation requirements are described in the orientation video and are available on the Presentations page.

Final exam: Your final exam will be held in Bozeman unless you tell the clerkship director otherwise.  The scheduling/notification process runs through UW Testing Services and the contact email is See the Final Exam page for information about the exam.

About The Site

Students are expected to spend 4-5 days per week in the Bozeman Health Neurology Clinic, for primarily an outpatient neurology experience. Students will be modeling the physician schedule that is on call during that respective week to allow for routine Neurology Clinic visits, along with acute care, emergency/ICU & stroke alerts, radiology, palliative, and procedural opportunities. This will also create a platform for students to follow patients through EMG’s, EEG’s, Botox treatments, etc. to utilize the rest of their time.

There will be no weekend or evening call obligations.

There will be didactic opportunities that will be mandatory, unless a necessary patient case overrides the didactic time. This is physician-driven and designed specifically for the Bozeman Clerkship student group. Didactics take place from 7:00-8:00am on every Tuesday morning during your rotation, unless extenuating circumstances arise.

The best place to park is in Employee Parking onsite. Dress code is white-coat or business casual. Students will have access to Epic through Sanford Health, which is initiated by Kayla Hatfield during the credentialing process.

With a continuity-focus, students should have opportunities with each of the 3 Neurologists that practice at Bozeman Health:

Joshua Knappenberger, MD, a board certified, fellowship trained neurologist, is in practice with Bozeman Health Neuroscience Center. He is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed a residency in neurology at the University of Washington. Dr. Knappenberger completed a fellowship in neurology at the University of Vermont in Burlington. He was in a general neurology practice in Cheyenne, WY before moving to Bozeman.

Mario Pizzini, M.D., joined Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in August of 2017. Dr. Pizzini earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. His residency occurred at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Undergraduate studies occurred at Carroll College, Helena, Montana, and Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. He is board certified in neurology & psychiatry and fluent in Spanish.

Richard E. Popwell, Jr., MD, is in practice with Bozeman Health Neurology. Dr. Popwell obtained his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed his neurology residency in 2001 at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and then served four years as an officer in the United States Air Force. From 2003 through 2005 he was the chief of neurology at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. Following his military service, he went into private practice in Northern Colorado, then moved to Bozeman in 2010. Dr. Popwell is board certified in neurology.