Newsletter of the AAN Student Interest Group in Neurology Program
Greetings from the AAN 59th AAN Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars—the AAN Annual Meeting Medical Students are entitled to FREE
will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, from ADMISSION to the AAN Annual Meeting if you
April 28, 2007 to May 5, 2007. The Annual are an AAN member or present a student ID
Meeting is the best place to see the latest scientific card.
breakthroughs, education courses, and networking
opportunities for neurologists from around the Registration entitles you to free access to:
world. More than 10,000 people attend the meeting Scientific platform and poster sessions
each year. See below for instructions on how to Plenary sessions
register. Opening Party
Remember to apply for your reimbursement Awards Luncheon
funds. Contact me if you need forms, have content Exhibit Hall
for the newsletter, or have anything you would like Patient Safety Colloquium
the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee of the Education Colloquium
AAN’s Education Committee to consider.
Guidelines, Practice and Advocacy Open House
NINDS Clinical Research Collaboration
AAN Staff Liaison to SIGN
Phone (651) 695-2733
Fax (651) 361-4833 Integrated Neuroscience
Medical students also receive a reduced rate for
educational courses and can check in at the
Quote of the Month Membership Booth first thing in the morning each
day for free course tickets through the Medical
The human brain is the last, and greatest,
Student Rush Line.
scientific frontier. It is truly an internal
cosmos that lies contained within our skulls.
The more than 100 billion nerve cells and SIGN Meeting at the
trillion supporting cells that make up your AAN Annual Meeting
brain and mine constitute the most elaborate
structure in the known universe. The next SIGN meeting will be held in Boston at
the AAN Annual Meeting on Monday, April 30,
Joel Davis (from Mapping the Mind: 2007, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. All SIGN and CO-SIGN
The Secrets of the Human Brain and members and students interested in joining a
How it Works, 1997) chapter are encouraged to attend. There will be
speakers, chapter representatives will share with the
group what their chapter did during the year, a
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celebration of SIGN’s 10th anniversary will be held. The student must be from a registered SIGN
Come and meet your fellow students and make chapter and serve as either the SIGN chapter
some valuable contacts. Free, no registration president or a designated representative.
required. The department chair is encouraged to provide
a supplemental grant to the student so that all
How to Register for expenses can be covered.
The student must attend the SIGN meeting at
the AAN Annual Meeting the AAN Annual Meeting in order to receive
the scholarship. You will be asked to share
If you are an AAN member, you may register, book your chapter’s activities with the group. The
your flight, and select your hotel in one stop via the check will be mailed to the student after the
AAN Annual Meeting Website at Annual Meeting.
http://am.aan.com. Early registration ends March
23, 2007. After that date you will need to register Application deadline for the Annual Meeting
at the Convention Center. Scholarship is February 15, 2007.
Medical students who are not AAN members Medical Student Summer Research
should contact CMR (Convention Management
Resources) at an.aan.com/registration or 1-800- Scholarship—deadline February 15,
676-4226 or you can register on-site at the Hynes 2007
Convention Center. To arrange travel, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1- The Medical Student Summer Research
877-317-0006. Scholarship program offers SIGN members a
summer stipend of $3,000 to conduct a project in
Contact Gloria Barnard at email@example.com or either an institutional, clinical, or laboratory setting
(651) 695-2733 with questions. where there are ongoing programs of research,
service, or training, or a private practice. Only
SIGN Scholarships applicants from schools with established SIGN
chapters are eligible to apply. Projects will be
SIGN offers two scholarships to its members: judge by a panel of experts.
40 $1,000 Annual Meeting Scholarships
20 $3,000 Summer Research Scholarships The AAN will award up to 20 scholarships to first-
or second-year medical students who have a
The applications are emailed to SIGN advisors supporting preceptor and a project with clearly
and presidents to distribute to all SIGN defined goals. The project is to be conducted
members. If you need an application, contact your through a US or Canadian institution of the student's
SIGN officers. choice and jointly designed by the student and
sponsoring institution. Application deadline for
the Summer Research Scholarship is February
Annual Meeting Scholarship— 15, 2007.
deadline February 15, 2007
For both scholarships, the scholarship
Forty $1,000 Annual Meeting Scholarships are application forms are emailed to faculty
available to SIGN chapter presidents or a advisors and chapter presidents. Please
designated SIGN representative to cover travel distribute these applications to all SIGN
costs to attend the AAN Annual Meeting in Boston, members. A tax form--either W-9 or Statement
which runs from April 28-May 5, 2007. of Citizenship (Canada)--should accompany all
Scholarships are awarded by lottery, based on the applications. Email Gbarnard@aan.com for
following criteria: forms or if you have questions.
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Brain Awareness Week Neurology Now
March 12-18, 2007 Sign up for a free subscription to the new magazine
Neurology Now at www.neurologynow.com. This
Brain Awareness Week is an international effort
is a new quarterly magazine from the AAN for
organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
neurology patients, their families, and caregivers,
to advance public awareness about the progress and
which provides accurate and important new
benefits of brain research. The Dana Alliance is
information about advances in the diagnosis and
joined in the campaign by partners in the United
treatment of neurological diseases, such as
States and around the world, including medical and
migraine, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, multiple
research organizations; patient advocacy groups;
sclerosis, and other disorders. It is published by
the National Institutes of Health, and other
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
government agencies; service groups; hospitals and
universities; K-12 schools; and professional
Neurology Now brings expert advice about
wellness and disease prevention, new medications
and therapies, and strategies for coping with
Be sure to check out the Dana website at
http://www.dana.org/brainweek/ to help you plan neurological disorders. Neurology Now provides
balanced coverage of therapies based on the latest
your Brain Awareness Week activities. There are
games, plans and other resources to download to developments in laboratory research and clinical
help you spread the word to grade school students trials.
on things like bike helmet safety, etc.
The goals are to improve communication between
patients and their physicians, support disease
You can download the “Neuroscience in the
Classroom” workbook for additional games and awareness and self-management, and provide public
exercises at http://www.thebrainmatters.org/ outreach for the AAN.
AAN Awards and Scholarships
Neurology Moves to the NRMP
A full list of available awards and scholarships can
The National Resident Matching Program extends a be found at http://www.aan.com/students/
warm welcome to all Neurology training programs, awards/index.cfm
which will move to the NRMP beginning with the
2007 Main Residency Match. Earlier this year, the The SIGN Annual Meeting Scholarship to the
Consortium of Neurology Program Directors Annual Meeting and the SIGN Summer Research
announced that the programs will use both the Scholarship applications will go out to SIGN
Electronic Residency Application Service faculty advisors and chapter presidents in
(ERAS®) and the NRMP's Main Match. In November so look for them then.
addition, Neurology applicants will be able to take
full advantage of the NRMP's couples' matching The Medical Student Prize for Excellence in
service, which allows two applicants to link their Neurology is awarded to one graduating student per
rank order lists so they match into pairs of programs institution, nominated by the clerkship director. Let
suited to their needs. For information about the your clerkship director know you are interested in
Main Residency Match, click Residency Match at this award.
the top of this page, or contact our Help Desk
specialists at 1-866-617-5838 (applicants) or 1-866- Trivia
617-5837 (medical schools and teaching hospitals).
For information about ERAS, call (202) 828-0413. As of August 15, 2006, there are 608 medical
…from: http://www.nrmp.org/ students members of the AAN. In 1998, when
SIGN was initiated, there were 119 medical
students. This is a rate of growth of 604% since
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AAN Student Loan Program Neurology Medical Student Resources
If you have additions to this list, please send them
Student Loan Consolidation: Spring 2007 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introductory texts that may be useful during
AAN’s partnership with Student Assistance your Neurology Clerkship:
Foundation (SAF) is designed to help members sort Title/Author: Summary (from preface):
through the complex student loan consolidation Inexpensive paperback
Fundamentals of Neurologic
offerings and select a reputable vendor with book written for medical
Disease, Demos, 2005.
competitive benefits and excellent customer service Davis LE, King MK, Schultz,
students with emphasis on
as they make this important financial decision. most important neurologic
Program features include: diseases.
Choice of interest rate reduction or An approach to neurology
Clinical Neurology 6th ed.
based on the presenting
principal reduction Lange.2005. Simon RP,
symptoms or signs,
Designed to help students earn benefits Aminoff MJ, Greenberg DA.
developed while teaching
Never lose benefit once earned in the clinics and wards of
One loan, one lender, one payment the University of
California, San Francisco.
The interest rates set by the federal government are Provides medical students
Blueprints in Neurology.
currently 6.54% on Stafford loans. By with a reasonable compact
Blackwell Science, Inc.
consolidating federal student loans, AAN members review of neurology for
2002. Drislane FW et al.
practical use, attempting to
and their spouses can lower monthly payments by
as much as 60%. oversimplifying.
Introduction to Clinical Was rated 3.86/5.0 on
AAN is working with the SAF to arrange visits to Neurology, Third Ed, clerkship evaluations at U.
select campuses this spring to meet with SIGN Butterworth Heineman Iowa. Some students
members and others interested in neurology. If you 2005. Gelb DJ. commented that “text lacks
would like Student Assistance Foundation staff to organization” while others
come to your campus this spring to discuss the “appreciated the clinical
AAN Loan Program, please contact Kelly Lawton scenarios in each chapter”.
email@example.com or (651) 695-2778. Some students said they
would “prefer a text that is
more concise, highlighting
For more information about consolidation, visit
the main points”.
www.aanloanprogram.org or call (866) 869-0579
and speak to an expert counselor at Student Neurology for the Non-
Assistance Foundation neurologist. Fifth Ed.
Lippincott, Williams &
Wilkins, 2004. Weiner WJ,
Advice to Medical Students Goetz CG.
Pocket reference books that may be useful
The “Advice to Medical Students” document on the during your Neurology Clerkship:
medical student webpage at Title/Author: Summary:
http://www.aan.com/students/medical/training.cfm Massachusetts General Excellent and
has been revised, and a reference list added. Below Hospital Handbook of comprehensive overview of
is the list the Undergraduate Education Neurology. Lippincott, hospital-based, inpatient
Subcommittee has compiled for medical students. Williams & Wilkins, 2000. Neurology
If you have additions to this list, please send them Neurology (House Officer
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Series), Seventh Ed.
Lippincott, Williams &
Wilkins, 2004. Weiner HL,
Levitt LP, Rae-Grant A.
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Manual of Neurologic Comprehensive and up-to- for your Neurology Clerkship:
Therapeutics. Seventh Ed. date spiral pocket guide Washington University School of Medicine Links:
Lippincott Williams and with the latest in treatment http://thalamus.wustl.edu/course/
Wilkins, 2004. Samuels MA. options and concise http://www.strokecenter.org/images/
discussion on diagnosis. http://www.neuro.wustl.edu/education/clerkship.htm
The Resident’s Neurology An inexpensive paperback E-medicine Neurology:
Book. FA Davis, 1997. that is quite readable. http://www.emedicine.com/neuro/index.shtml
Devinsky O, et al.
American Academy of Neurology
On Call Neurology. WB
Saunders, Second Ed, 2001.
Marshall RS and Mayer SA. Whole Brain Atlas:
Neurology Secrets, Fourth http://www.med.harvard.edu/AANLIB/home.html
Ed. Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Up To Date
Philadelphia, 2004. Loren A. http://www.uptodate.com
Neurology Pearls. Hanley & Personal accounts of neurologic disease:
Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, Title/Author: Description:
2000. Waclawik, AJ and Tuesdays with Morrie. M. An ALS patient is
Sutula, TP Albom. interviewed
throughout the course
Reference texts that may be useful during of his illness
your Neurology Clerkship: Brainstorms: Epilepsy in
Our Words – Personal
Title/Author: Accounts of Living with
Victor and Adams Textbook of Neurology, Eighth Ed. Seizures. Raven Press,
McGraw Hill, 2006. Ropper AH, Brown R. 1993. Schacter SC.
Still Me. Christopher Autobiography of
Merritt’s Textbook of Neurology, Lippincott, Williams &
Reeve. actor paralyzed by
Wilkins, 1994. Rowland LP. C1-C2 injury (see
Neurology in Clinical Practice. Fourth Ed. Butterworth- particularly pp 1-53
Heinemann. 2003. Bradley, W.G. et al. and 94-145 for his
description of his
Cecil’s Essentials of Medicine - Sections on Neurologic disability and daily
Disease and chapter on Infections of the Nervous System, routine, and his
Sixth Ed, Saunders, 2003. Andreoli, TE, et al. emotional response).
The Practice of Neural Science, McGraw Hill, 1999 Brust Waist High in the World – A young woman
JCM. (currently out of print) A Life Among the wheelchair bound by
Nondisabled. Beacon Multiple Sclerosis.
Press, Boston. 1996. Nancy
Office Practice of Neurology, Second Ed, Churchill Mairs.
Livingstone, 2003. Samuels, MA and Feske, SK The man who mistook his
wife for a hat: And other
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. clinical tales. Oliver Sacks.
Neurology chapters, Sixteenth Ed., McGraw-Hill The Diving Bell and the French journalist with
Professional, 2004. Kasper, DL et al Butterfly. Jean-Dominique “locked-in
Review and/or question books for preparation Bauby. syndrome”.
for your board or shelf exams:
Underground Clinical Vignettes: Neurology, Classic
Clinical Cases for USMLE Step 2 and Clerkship, 2nd Next Newsletter
edition, Blackwell Publishers, 2001. Bhushan, V, et al
NMS Review book, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; The next newsletter will arrive in March. If you
Bk&CD-Rom edition, 2002. Rosner, MH and Lazar, AE
would like to contribute to the newsletter, send
First Aid for the Neurology Clerkship, McGraw-Hill, 2002. news or articles to email@example.com.
On-line resources that may be helpful