Department of Neurology

Neurology 652

Spokane, WA

MultiCare Neuroscience Institute
910 W 5th Avenue, #1000
Spokane, WA 99204
Ph 509-342-3200
Site Director: Jon Ween, MD

Laura Kneale | Neurology Manager
MultiCare Health System
Office: 509.342.3216 Fax: 509.342.3236 Cell: 206-334-1176

Pre-arrival Requirements

  • Drug screen:  Standard panel drug test through the UWSOM is required.
  • Please contact Michelle Madeen in the Spokane WWAMI office to find out about other pre-arrival paperwork requirements.

Michelle Madeen
Program Operations Administrator
Assistant to Dr. Darryl Potyk, Assistant Dean of Regional Affairs
Spokane Regional Office
University of Washington School of Medicine
Phone: (509) 313-7917

Travel & Housing

Housing: Shared housing is available. Contact Michelle Madeen for details.

Travel: If you drive, you will receive mileage reimbursement for one roundtrip to and from Spokane. Contact Scott Bailey at for mileage reimbursement.

What To Bring & Orientation

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

First day & site orientation: Your main contact person will be Dr. Jon Ween 509-828-0732. Meet with Dr. Ween in his office at 08:00 the first day of your rotation.

Clerkship orientation video: Watch the away student orientation video on the Distance Learning page before the first day.

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

Course Requirements

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

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 Mini-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 Spokane 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. 

Site Expectations & Clinic Experience


Welcome! We are pleased to have you with us for your neurology clerkship. We hope you have a rewarding and interesting time with us. Your input and feedback is key not only to your own success but also to that of others following you. Please feel free to comment, suggest, encourage. We appreciate it.

Students are expected to spend five days per week at the MultiCare Clinic or Deaconess Medical Center unless closed.

For directions, click to see the pdf map. While at RWC you can park in the main lot. There are “physician” designated spaces on the south side of the clinic. These are dedicated and not free to all. Don’t park there. While at Deaconess, in lots C, I, M (see map) if you place a copy of your badge on your dash. You can park in any garage lot after 15:00.

Professional dress and nametags are required, though white coats are not.

Grand rounds and journal club meet once a month. Dates/times to be arranged as we are in the process of revising our schedule.


During the 4-weeks we hope you have exposure to the entire faculty in our neurology practice.

Name Subspecialty
Jon Ween, MD Stroke, cognition, rehab, hospitalist
Ryan Barnes, MD Spine, pain
Scott Carlson, MD Neuromuscular
Conrad Nievera, MD Epilepsy, stroke, hospitalist
Shyian Jen, MD Stroke/Endovascular
John Demakas, MD Neurosurgery
Chris Heller, MD Epilepsy surgery
Robert Egan, MD Stroke, neuro-ophthalmology


Dr. Ween is the clerkship site director. He will observe student’s performance and provide feedback. Work with the clinicians on your skills and knowledge set. As you progress, we will find ways for you to assess patients on your own at a rate commensurate with your abilities/interest. Remember to take notes and look things up.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Neurohospitalist Neurohospitalist Neuromuscular Clinic Neurohospitalist Neurohospitalist
PM Neurosurgery or Sleep Epilepsy Clinic Physical Medicine Neurosurgery Neurohospitalist