College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Neurological Surgery Elective

Title of Clerkship: Neurological Surgery

Elective Type: Third Year Elective

Department: Neurological Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: University of Toledo Medical Center

Course Number: NEUS 760

Blocks available: All

Number of students per block: 1

Faculty: Jason Schroeder, M.D. and Alastair Hoyt, M.D.

Elective Description/Requirements:
In the Neurological Surgery M3 elective the student will be integrated into the Neurosurgery Services with appropriate M3 responsibility for diagnosis and management of patients. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in the activities appropriate for their level including taking a proctored H&P on patients.  Students will learn how to manage the neurosurgical patient.  Students will also learn and observe in the OR.  The focus will be the development of basic clinical sciences as they pertain to neurosurgical procedures.  The student may be assigned a specific Neuroscience topic for presentation.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks 

Educational Course Objectives and Links to EPOs:

  1. Preform a basic screening neurologic exam and perform and document a surgical history. (EPOs: PC-1, PC-2, PC-3, PC-4)
  2. Assess and describe signs and symptoms of neurologic disorders. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-8, MK-1, MK-4, MK-7)
  3. Formulate a differential diagnosis of common neurologic disorders requiring surgery. (EPOs: PC-1, PC-2, PC-3, PC-4, MK-7)
  4. Perform an evaluation of  patients with head or spinal cord injury. (EPOs: PC-1, PC-2, PC-3, PC-4)
  5. Summarize the history and physical exam, differential diagnosis, interpretation of imagine studies and suggested treatment plan of patients with common neurological syndromes. (EPOs: IPC-1, IPC-2, PC-1, PC-3)
  6. Document a complete and accurate  progress note. (EPOs: IPC-1, IPC-2, PC-1, PC-3, PC-4, PC-7) 
  7. Accurately present patient information concerning the patient’s condition, progress and results of laboratory and imaging studies. (EPOs: IPC-1, IPC-2, PC-1, PC-3)

Professionalism: UT/COMLS students will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professionalism as stated in the current Core Competencies and the current Educational Course Objectives for the Sponsoring Department.

Instructional Methods:

  1. Interpretation of lab data
  2. Diagnostic tests-use/interpretation
  3. Small group discussions
  4. Case studies
  5. Ambulatory care experience
  6. Grand rounds
  7. Teaching rounds
  8. Residency program/departmental conferences

Evaluation methods Employed:

  1. Clinical competency evaluations
  2. Faculty/Resident observation
  3. Professional assessments
  4. Attendance
  5. Case write up

Prerequisites: Successful completion of years 1&2, passing USMLE Step 1, completion of Bridge Course

Clerkship Director: Stephanie Pannell, M.D.

Clerkship Coordinator: Claudia Davis
Phone Number: 419.383.3580

Special Requirements: Participation in night call is recommended because many cases come in after hours.  A call schedule may be arranged per individual faculty member.

Approved by ECC
June 2023

Last Updated: 7/21/23