Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.
Pathway 2018-2019: email Dr. Liebman and cc: Katie Tilbury for an advising appointment. Include your Step scores, CV and medical school grades.
The Department of Neurosurgery
The website http://www.neurosurgerywins.org is a useful guide for students considering neurosurgery as a career choice. It provides a wealth of information as well as useful links to other sites.
The student is encouraged to explore all other fields of medicine since many interface with Neurosurgery
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Sites and Personnel
Kenneth Liebman, M.D.
NEUROSURGERY TEACHING SITES
The Neurosurgery course in the discipline-based pathway will be available as described in the course catalogue. Please work with the Pathway Director to determine what rotation would be the best option for you.
Description of Pathway
Click here for a summary
table of the Neurosurgery Pathway.
The primary goal of the senior year discipline-based Neurosurgery pathway is to provide a framework for students to structure their senior year in preparation for a future career in Neurosurgery. Neurosurgery programs currently range from 5-7 years following an internship year. Neurosurgery is a far-ranging discipline in which the practitioner sees young and old patients with both systemic and localized diseases, as well as patients with conditions necessitating surgery. Therefore, the Departments of Neurosurgery encourage students to take electives that will expose them to the many and varied conditions that they will be encountering in caring for future patients.
The pathway includes the four required courses and several elective opportunities. The required Medicine Sub-internship and Neurology must be taken at "home," and all other courses may be taken at "home" or "away" sites. No more than three (3) four week elective courses may be taken at "away" sites by
The required subinternship in Medicine and the Neurology course are
The Pathway recommends that the student selects two additional Neurosurgery Electives. These are listed under "Recommended Elective"
The remaining electives are “Free Electives” although there are several electives that are suggested as complimentary for students interested in Neurosurgery.
Anesthesia is a discipline which is closely allied to Neurosurgery. The student should be exposed to the techniques of intravenous sedation, regional anesthesia, and general anesthesia. The rotation should provide the student with extensive exposure to airway management and clinical pharmacology.
Infectious Diseases is a medical subspecialty which will familiarize the student with the treatment of sepsis, acute and chronic infections, and surgical infections. The student will become familiar with the use of antibiotics, as well.
Otolaryngology is a rotation where the student should learn to do a proper head and neck examination, and become familiar with complaints and conditions relating to the ears and sinuses, both of which have considerable overlap with the central nervous system.
Endocrinology is a field of medicine wherein the student will become familiar with diseases that also often affect the central or peripheral nervous system. A familiarity with endocrinologic diseases will greatly enhance the students understanding of related neurosurgical diseases.
Radiology is a rotation where the student will become familiar with imaging techniques used in neurosurgical disorders e.g. reading Cat Scans and MRIs as well as plain films. Ability to read and interpret these studies will be very helpful in future neurosurgical training.
Required Rotations In Neurosurgery
This is a four week course that should familiarize the student with the broad scope of neurosurgical practice, both medical and surgical. The student should become familiar with neurosurgical terms and common surgical nervous system diseases, as well as with Neurosurgical findings in systemic diseases. The rotation will be structured as a subinternship so that the students is actively involved in patient care and functions as an integral member of the neurosurgical care team in all settings including critical care units, operating rooms, the emergency department and the outpatient clinics.
All students are required to create a presentation on a subject of their choice in Neurosurgery which will be evaluated by faculty.
Textbooks And Learning Resources
Evaluation Of Student
Each student will be evaluated by the attendings with whom the student spends the most time during the elective. The Pathway Directors will review and sign all evaluations. All students will receive feedback at the midpoint and at the end of their rotation.
Evaluation Of Pathway
At the conclusion of the Neurosurgery rotation, all students are required to complete a final evaluation on line assessing the quality of their experience. These critiques will be shared with the Neurosurgery faculty and will help to revise the rotation as needed. Students will also be asked at the end of the year to evaluate the pathway and rotations.
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