Department of Neurology


Patient presentations are specific to Seattle-based students.
Topic presentations apply to all students.

Patient Presentations

All Seattle students should come to didactics each week prepared to present a case they saw during the week. Only one student will actually present. The case can be common or rare. It is okay if you don’t have all the data or answers. The goal is a morning report style presentation to discuss localization, an organized differential and practical test ordering.

Topic Presentations

A topic presentation is required for the clerkship.  Handouts are not necessary. Grading is Pass/Fail. Not doing a topic or making it up are essentially the only ways to fail.


  1. Choose a topic based on a patient you have seen in the first two weeks or a topic relevant to your career of interest.
  2. Don’t try to cover too much.  The expectation is a topic that can be delivered in 15 minutes.  Pick the most important information to deliver to your colleagues.  For example, the patient may have multiple sclerosis. Read in depth about MS but choose only one aspect of MS to report on (e.g., disease modifying drugs, treatment of fatigue, bladder dysfunction, etc.).
  3. Most students put together a PowerPoint presentation.
  4. Education is part of the RIME evaluation for neurology.  Arrange a time during the clerkship to present the topic to your team. 
  5. Send the presentation to Dr. Kraus at anytime during the 4-weeks for feedback and credit.

Away students: Email your presentation to Dr. Kraus (in PowerPoint, PDF or Word format) by the end of the clerkship. Arrange time in the last week to present your topic to the site preceptor(s).