The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) is a network of 130+ chapters in medical schools across the U.S. and Canada which was started by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in 1998. SIGN fosters medical student interest in neurology by providing opportunities to participate in clinical, research, and service activities in neurology, and increasing the student's neurologic knowledge.

The branch of SIGN at Vanderbilt is a very active group that is sponsored by the Department of Neurology and the AAN.  We have over 100 members, including both MD and MD/PhD students. Throughout the academic year, we organize lectures and events relating to the practice of both academic and clinical neurology as well as talks about neurologic subspecialties.  We offer several tours including the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, the Sleep Disorders Center, and the Stroke Imaging Center. We also provide opportunities for students to shadow attendings in a variety of our specialty clinics. In addition, we help students get involved in clinical neurology and basic neuroscience research projects.

Member Benefits

  • First Hand experience  
  • Shadow a neurologist
  • Be matched with a mentor
  • Meet professors, attending, and residents

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Doug Pet (
Kelli Money (
Nikhil Chavali (

Faculty Advisor:
Derek Riebau (

VUMC Residency Director:
Heather Koons, M.D

American Academy of Neurology

  • Free AAN membership to all SIGN members
  • Register on the web at

AAN Medical Student Summer Research Scholarship
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) sponsors a summer research scholarship of $3000 for a first or second year medical student. This scholarship is meant to encourage medical students to pursue either research or clinical careers in Neurology.

AAN Medical Student Travel Award
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) provides gives a $1000 travel scholarship to 40+ medical students per year to attend the annual meeting of the AAN. Applications can be found on the aan website and the deadline to apply is typically at the end of January.

American Neurological Association

Neuroanatomy Web Sites
The Whole Brain Atlas from Harvard University

Atlases from Washington University