Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Physician Assistant Education


Laura Witte, PhD



Purpose: The purpose of this article is to examine the concept of neurophobia in medical education and to review educational interventions which have been proposed to mitigate this phenomenon.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted utilizing the search terms neurophobia and medical education. Fourteen articled were identified and serve as the basis for this review article.

Results: Neurophobia is a recognized, global phenomenon in medical education. Multiple educational interventions have been proposed with varying levels of success in mitigating neurophobia and improving learners’ retention and comfort with neurology as a discipline.

Conclusion: Neurophobia is a pressing issue in medical education, as a shortage of neurologists is anticipated in the next ten years. Advance practice providers are effective clinicians in the specialty of neurology. However, neurophobia serves as a potential impediment to students and clinicians considering the specialty. Awareness of neurophobia and educational interventions which have been shown to be effective will benefit the specialty and ultimately improve patient care.

KEYWORDS: Neurophobia, Neurology Education, Medical Education


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