Clinical Neurosurgery

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Jean-Valery Coumans, Alberto Puig
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month except Jan. Open to Int'l only May, Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar and Apr.
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: This course is designed to provide students with exposure to advanced neurosurgical practice. Students rotating on the course will have exposure in the areas of vascular neurosurgery, tumor neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, advanced intensive care unit clinical practice, spinal neurosurgery, and functional neurosurgery. Students will rotate on each of four services that provide this clinical exposure. Each student participating in the course will present a case presentation that represents a mentored clinical experience with one of the faculty members. Students will participate in an intraoperative neurosurgical procedures. Students will also take call with the neurosurgical resident house staff. Students will be expected to participate in weekly grand Rounds, vascular neurosurgery rounds, and/or tumor neurosurgery rounds as appropriate.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Each student will be asked to present a case that present a review of the literature in reference to the clinical material. Students will be asked to correlate the management paradigm that was selected with the knowledgebase that exist in the literature at this time. Appropriate basic science knowledge will be incorporated into the student presentation.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: An honors with distinction performance will reflect an outstanding evaluation has to clinical performance and outstanding clinical presentation. Honors: An honors performance will be considered to be a student that performs at a high level consistent with outstanding performance as a future neurosurgical resident. Satisfactory: A satisfactory performance will be a student who won not performing at the highest level, is able to provide the basics of neurosurgical care and has an understanding of basic neurosurgical principles. Unsatisfactory: An unsatisfactory performance will be a student who has major deficits in their fund of knowledge and requires remedial training in order to prepare for possible future neurosurgical training.