Physician wins national award for clerkship work

October 19, 2012 | News, UToday, Medicine and Life Sciences
By Casey Cheap

The University of Toledo and one of its faculty members are being recognized nationally for research and advising in the Neurology Department.


Dr. Imran Ali, professor of neurology, director of student clerkship, and associate dean of clinical medical education, professionalism and diversity, recently received an award from the American Academy of Neurology for his outstanding performance in neurology clerkship.

“Imran is the consummate neurology clerkship director,” wrote Dr. Ralph Józefowicz, chair of the American Academy of Neurology Education Committee and professor of neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, who recommended Ali for the honor. “He has made The University of Toledo neurology clerkship arguably the best clinical clerkship at the University and one of the highest rated neurology clerkships in the nation.”

The American Academy of Neurology’s Clerkship Director Teaching Award is given to one person every year based on a selective process through a committee that assesses testimony.

In his nomination letter, Józefowicz wrote, “63 percent of the graduating Toledo medical students rated the neurology clerkship as excellent, compared with the national average of 33 percent, and Toledo medical students have beat the national mean on the shelf exam for the past five years.”

Józefowicz also pointed out that Ali has “made numerous improvements to the clerkship program, from incorporating the American Academy of Neurology core curriculum to assigning students to outpatient clinics to using technologies for teaching and assessment.

“He also moved the clerkship from a four-week, fourth-year clerkship to a five-week, third-year rotation two years ago, increasing the number of students interested in neurology from two to three per year to eight to 10 per year,” Józefowicz wrote.

“I am quite proud of [the award] and that The University of Toledo got recognition as well. It is quite an honor and a prestigious award. It is humbling and makes one feel good about their work,” Ali said.

For more information regarding the American Academy of Neurology’s award, click here.

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