Student Electives

Michigan State University Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology Clerkship in Neurology

Duration1 month
Distribution of student’s timeOutpatient rotations can be arranged at request
DescriptionEach monthly rotation is spent in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings allowing for exposure to a broad spectrum of acute and chronic neurological diseases. During the inpatient section, students admit patients to the Stroke Unit and are responsible for presentation and daily management of the patient, or evaluation and following of patients on the consultation service. Working closely with neurology residents is expected. Teaching rounds are held daily. In outpatient clinic, students have 1:1 teaching ratio in specialty clinics, including ALS, movement disorders, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, headache, general, and behavioral neurology. Evaluations are completed by faculties who have worked with the student.

Information about objectives for the rotation, reading material (recent journal articles), websites, review Neurology content from Year 2 courses, and a pretest to be taken early in the clerkship are available in the D2L course 'Neurology Rotation' accessible from the D2L login site You must have a username and password to log into the D2L site. Then select the ‘Neurology Rotation’ course; then click on ‘Content’ to see the options. Krista Leiter will assist students enrolled in the elective with authorization to access this site.

Visiting Medical Students for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

In order to further promote greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of medicine and to enrich our applicant pool, Sparrow Hospital  and the office of Graduate Medical Education is proud to offer individual $1,000 scholarships for medical students that come from traditionally underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.   This scholarship may be utilized for travel, housing, meals, and other expenses related to time spent on these two to four -week electives  at Sparrow Hospital.  This scholarship will be provided based upon successful completion of the rotation and after submission of appropriate documentation of incurred expenses up to $1,000.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must currently be in their 3rd year of medical school applying for 4th year electives
  • Students much be in good academic standing at an LCME accredited U.S. Medical School or COCA accredited U.S. Osteopathic Medical School
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Students must come from a background that is traditionally underrepresented in medicine which is defined as the following races/ethnicities:
    • African American
    • Hispanic
    • Native American
    • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian
  • Students must reside a minimum of 60 miles from Lansing, Michigan.


Application Process:

The following are required for consideration of the Visiting Student Scholarship Application:

  • Students should submit to Sparrow Hospital a visiting rotation application through VSAS with all institutional requirements completed.
  • Send the following to the with subject line “Sparrow  Visiting Student Elective Scholarship Program”
    • A Letter of Interest (no more than 400 words) in which you describe a bit about yourself, reasons behind your interest in  the specialty elective ,  and career goals that you may have. 
    • A copy of your current CV
    • Application (see below for application)

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