Neurologic and neuroscience education: Mitigating neurophobia to mentor health care providers.


Journal Article

Neurologic disorders are among the most frequent causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Moreover, the current shortfall of neurologists is expected to worsen over the coming decade. As a consequence, many patients with neurologic disorders will be treated by physicians and primary care providers without formal neurologic training. Furthermore, a pervasive and well-described fear of neurology, termed neurophobia, has been identified in medical student cohorts, residents, and among general practitioners. In this article, members of the American Academy of Neurology A.B. Baker Section on Neurological Education review current guidelines regarding neurologic and neuroscience education, contextualize the genesis and the negative consequences of neurophobia, and provide strategies to mitigate it for purposes of mentoring future generations of health care providers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sandrone, S; Berthaud, JV; Chuquilin, M; Cios, J; Ghosh, P; Gottlieb-Smith, RJ; Kushlaf, H; Mantri, S; Masangkay, N; Menkes, DL; Nevel, KS; Sarva, H; Schneider, LD

Published Date

  • January 22, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 92 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 174 - 179

PubMed ID

  • 30568010

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30568010

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-632X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006716


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States