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Department: MENSU-Neurosurgery
Course: 501-Clinical Neurosurgery

Course Director: Akash J. Patel, M.D.
Course Faculty: Akash J. Patel, M.D.
Elective Location: BTGH,OTHR,SLEH,TCH
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1B,1C,2A,2B,2C,3A,3C,4A,4B,4C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Medicine and Surgery
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: No
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 5 days/wk; 40 hrs/wk Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This elective is an introduction to clinical neurosurgery. The course features close contact with patients and emphasis on the logic of diagnostic investigation and understanding the thought process involved in treatment decisions as well as understanding the basic mechanisms of neurosurgical disease. The student will have an opportunity to help residents and faculty round on patients, see and work-up new patients, and observe surgical procedures. The student will have one day off per week. On the other days, he/she will be required to come participate in morning rounds and then go to the operating room to assist with surgical cases. The student will also have the opportunity to see and work-up new consults under the guidance of the residents, as well as help with routine management of neurosurgical inpatients.
Learning Activities
The clinical emphasis at at Ben Taub hospital and Baylor St. Luke's hospital will be on the breadth of general neurosurgery, both cranial and spine. Additionally, at Ben Taub hospital the student will also have exposure to head and spine trauma. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center service has a large focus in spine, both routine and complex, as well as cranial neurosurgery. At Texas Children's hospital, the student would gain exposure to pediatric neurosurgery. At the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, tumor surgery and pain control. Besides being able to participate in daily clinical activities,the student will attend daily didactic conferences with the residents and faculty.
Evaluation Methods
The student will be evaluated by the neurosurgery faculty with input from the resident team. A single evaluation pooling together everyone's input will be submitted for each student.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Jillian Jones
Contact Phone: 713-798-5421
Contact Fax: 713-798-3739
Contact Location: McNair Campus, 7200 Cambridge, Suite 9A, Houston, TX 77030

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