College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Neurological Surgery

Title of Clerkship: Neurological Surgery

Elective Type: Fourth Year Elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: University of Toledo Medical Center

Course Number: NEUS 704

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 elective, the student will be integrated into Neurosurgery Service as a team member, with appropriate responsibility for diagnoses and management of patients. The student may be assigned a specific Neuroscience topic for presentation.

Length of Clerkship: 2 weeks 

Educational Course Objectives and Links to EPOs:

  1. Perform a screening neurologic exam. (EPOs: MK1, MK4, PC1, PC-6, PBL-2)
  2. Assess and describe signs and symptoms of common lumbar and cervical root syndromes. (EPOs: MK1, MK4, MK6, MK7, PC6, PC7)
  3. Evaluate the patient with head or spinal cord injury. (EPOs: MK1, MK4, PC1, PC-6, PBL-2)
  4. 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)
  5. Write a complete and accurate daily progress note including interpretation of results of laboratory and radiographic/imaging studies. (EPOs: IPC-1, IPC-2, PC-1, PC-3, PC-4, PC7  ) 
  6. 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 required Surgery clerkship.

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