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BACKGROUND: Medical schools are responsible for training medical students to recognise and commence management for a broad spectrum of diseases, including clinical neuroscience conditions. To guide medical schools on topics that should be taught, speciality bodies have produced speciality-based core curricula. It is unknown to what extent these guidelines are used in designing each medical school's curriculum. This survey aimed at assessing the use of these guidelines in designing clinical neuroscience curricula. METHODS: This is a national survey. A 21-item questionnaire was sent to faculty members involved in the development of the clinical neuroscience curriculum in each medical school in the UK. Data collection occurred from1st September 2020-31 st August 2021. The Association of British Neurologists (ABN) and the Royal College of Surgeons England (RCSEng) guidelines were used as a benchmark. Descriptive statistics are reported. RESULTS: Data was collected from 91.9% of eligible UK medical schools. 61.8% respondents were aware of ABN guidelines and 35.3% were aware of RCSEng guidelines. 17/28 (60.7%) topics recommended by the guidelines were taught in the neuroscience curricula of over 90% of the medical schools. Neurologists were involved in the design of the clinical neuroscience curriculum in 94.1% (n = 32/34) of medical schools, and neurosurgeons in 61.8%. Tutorials/seminars were used by all medical schools to teach clinical neuroscience content. Neurologists were involved in teaching at all schools and neurosurgeons in 70.6%. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)/oral examinations and single best answer (SBA)/multiple-choice question (MCQ) tests were used in all medical schools as methods of assessment. CONCLUSIONS: There is variation between medical schools on what clinical neuroscience topics are taught and by whom. Multi-modality educational delivery was evident. Some medical schools did not currently use, advertise, or recommend external clinical neuroscience educational resources; but there was support for future use of external resources including guidelines.

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Clin Neurol Neurosurg

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Clinical neurosciences, Curriculum development, Medical education, Neurology, Neurosurgery