Meena Kannan | Neurology

Meena Kannan | Neurology


Hi, my name is Meena Kannan. I’m an assistant professor in the department
of neurology at the University of Virginia. Specifically, I work within the division of
multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology. My role in the school of medicine is teaching
medical students in their pre-clinical years, teaching medical students in their clinical
years, and in terms of the residency program, this would be being an attending on the consulting
in patient services, as well as doing didactic lessons for our residents in multiple sclerosis
and neuroimmunology. The experiences that medical students should
expect would be being a part of the full patient encounter. Now this might be with one patient, taking
their history. And they’d be supervised by someone like myself
or another attending who would help them, assess them during that process of their learning
to take good history. Also perform a very thorough exam, and learning
about imaging, learning about understanding spinal fluid studies. I would say we encourage our medical students
to think independently, to develop critical thinking skills, and not just rote memorization. I think one advantage that UVA neurology residents
have is that early entry into clinical practice, and even subspecialty clinic so they can start
thinking about whether they want to pursue fellowship training, or whether they want
to go into the field of general neurology.

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