SOM Elective Brochure
 

Electives Type:  Clinical

Elective Title
Pediatric Neurology at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
Course Number
PEDU-4050
Duration/Weeks
4
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 2 
      Additional Requirements:
n/a
Responsible Faculty Director:
Lindsay Elton, MD
Other Faculty:
Jeffrey Kane, MD Michael Reardon, MD, Karen Keough, MD, Dave Clarke, MD, Fred Perkins,MD, Jinfong Ong, MD
Location to Report on First Day
Contact Tricia M. McElligott at tmmcelligott@seton.org or 512-324-7860
Periods Offered
1-12
including Period 12 (June), including the holiday vacation Period 13 (Dec)
Maximum Enrollment
1

Goals
 1) Increase knowledge of common neurologic problems in children. 2) Become proficient at performing pediatric neurologic examination in infants and older children.

Objectives
 1. Students will be able to perform a comprehensive pediatric neurological examination. 2. Students will develop appropriate differential diagnoses and plans for evaluation and management of common pediatric neurological conditions. 3. Students will describe indications and monitoring parameters of antiepileptic medications in children.

Description of course activities
 Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will perform history and physical exams on pediatric neurology patients, primarily in the daily outpatient setting, and present the information gathered along with their clinical decisions for feedback. Students will also participate in neuro-imaging and EEG interpretations. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct inpatient pediatric neurology consultations in collaboration with the pediatric neurology nurse practitioner, pediatric neurology resident, and faculty member. Students may be asked to prepare case presentations and expected to attend educational conferences (Grand Rounds, Noon Conferences, etc.).

Type of students who would benefit from the course
 Any student with an interest in neurology (child or adult), general pediatrics, or psychiatry as a career. Visiting students should submit an application through VSAS: https://services.aamc.org/20/vsas/public/school/instID/174 Select UTMB at Galveston as the host institution and indicate you wish to take PEDU 4050 on the application.

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
   
  Day of Week AM PM
  Monday 8:00 5:00
  Tuesday 8:00 5:00
  Wednesday 8:00 5:00
  Thursday 8:00 5:00
  Friday 8:00 5:00
  Saturday n/a n/a
  Sunday n/a n/a
       
  Average number of patients seen per week: 80  
  Call Schedule:   n/a  

  Research Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
   
  Activity Hours per Week
  Faculty contact time

  Self-directed study

  Data collection/analysis

  Other


Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Where are students observed on this elective?
    Inpatient service   Ambulatory   Surgery   Standardized patients
Patients simulators   Other
  B. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
    Daily
  C. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback
Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Faculty attendings
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    5-10 per day, 1-5 minutes
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Standard patient presentation format
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases  Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    Students write HPs daily on patients whom they see in the clinic and on inpatient consultation. If they participate on inpatient consultations, they will be responsible for daily SOAP progress notes of their patients.
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Standard format for written HP and progress notes.
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?   No    If yes, how are they selected?
    The faculty member will assess the studentsí written assignments.
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    Based on current cases.
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Examination
  Format
    Oral   Written multiple choice   Written essay / short answer   OSCE
Other

5.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the elective (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, resident lecture attendance)?
    - Regular and punctual clinic attendance - Demonstrating interest and enthusiasm

6.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
   

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