LearningNeurology.com is a website that was put together in 2015 to help people learn and teach neurology. It includes teaching material from 2000s onwards that has been updated, along with material that was developed specifically for this website. We think the field of neurology is fascinating and incredibly useful. Actually, the field has already helped thousands of people around the world reduce discomfort, disability and death. However, there is still a lot of work left to do, and we hope to play our very small part by facilitating the learning and teaching experience.
About the author/website creator:
Yazan J. Alderazi, MD is a neurologist and currently Assistant Professor of Neurology, and the Director of Neurointerventional service at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock Texas. LearningNeurology.com is an educational website and Dr. Alderazi’s humble attempt at providing those motivated to learn (or brush up on) neurology with tools to lessen the learning curve.
Who should use this site?
If you are interested in learning or teaching neurology we hope to have something for you; if not now perhaps in the near future. Maybe you are a budding neurologist taking your first steps, or maybe someone from a closely related field like neuroradiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry or neurosciences, or maybe you are clinician in another specialty e.g. primary care, internal medicine or critical care and you just want to brush up on neurology topics that you may encounter in your field. We hope our website has something to offer you and helps you get to where you want to be.
Our first focus is the students, the next will be the teachers. We’re learning too, so if you come across any good tips on how to learn or teach neurology let us know. Maybe we’ll incorporate it in our work or highlight it through our site. We are trying our best, however if you notice any inaccuracies in our website alert us and we’ll get them corrected.
We have the task of making neurology education accessible to our students. We are constantly learning how to become more effective teachers at the same time the knowledge base is growing. However, there are some things in our favour. This is adult learning and most of our students want to learn whether it’s because they have a burning passion for neurology or simply because they just might face patients with neurological problems in their practice. Additionally, we have many more tools now with internet resources, advanced imaging and other educational tools. Nowadays, I can just point at a MRI and show my students where the mammillary bodies are. We can follow the hippocampus in all 3 orthogonal planes. I find this indispensible when I teach clinical neuroanatomy. With video EEG we can show the students how the patient’s examination changes as the seizures evolve from partial onset to secondary generalization.
Yet there are some educational challenges that are the same as decades ago. How do you teach good bedside manners, how to teach breaking bad news, how do you teach an efficient and accurate neurological exam? And most perhaps importantly how do you get the students past the initial learning curve so they become independent active learners?
Hopefully as our website matures we’ll develop resources for neurology educators too.