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Department of Neurosurgery Elective Rotation Description

Title of Elective Course: Neurosurgery

Preceptor: Michael Schulder, MD

Course coordinator:
Rita Raio
Fax #: 516-562-3631
300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030

Prerequisites: Third or Fourth year medical student in an accredited medical school

Description: The clerkship exposes students to the full breadth of the residency training experience, including morning rounds, surgical cases and clinical conferences. Although not required, students benefit from taking in-house call with the resident on call, where they are exposed to emergent as well as routine admissions and surgical procedures. Students are expected to deliver a presentation at our grand rounds at the conclusion of their clerkship on a topic of their choosing.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and presentation of cerebrovascular diseases, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, and other diseases and malformations of intracranial, extracranial, and spinal vasculature.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and presentation of tumor-related diseases of the cranium.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and presentation of diseases in children which a neurosurgeon may be called upon to diagnose and treat.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and presentation of disorders of the spine, its connecting ligaments, the spinal cord, the cauda equina, and the spinal roots.

Key Responsibilities: The student is an integral member of the clinical Neurosurgical Service. They have the opportunity to participate in all clinical and educational activities in the Department.

Didactic Program: Students are expected to attend and participate in the following conferences:

  • Brain Tumor Conference
  • Case Conference/Journal Club
  • Cerebrovascular Conference
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
  • Spine Conference

Method of evaluation:
Students are evaluated through direct observation in the application of basic and clinical science knowledge relating to the condition of patients on the service, during educational activities and clinical and documentation skills.

Months offered: All months offered

Duration: 4 week rotations

Maximum number of students per period: three


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