SOM Elective Brochure

Electives Type:  Clinical

Elective Title
Pediatric Neurology at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 2 
      Additional Requirements:
C form required to enroll -- submit C form to Judy Terlik at
Responsible Faculty Director:
Lindsay Elton, MD
Other Faculty:
Jeffrey Kerr, MD Michael Reardon, MD, Karen Keough, MD, Dave Clarke, MD, Fred Perkins,MD, Jinfong Ong, MD
Location to Report on First Day
Contact Judy Terlik at or 512-324-7860
Periods Offered
including Period 12 (June), including the holiday vacation Period 13 (Dec)
Maximum Enrollment

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

 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 an inpatient 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: 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


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?
  C. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback

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
    Oral   Written multiple choice   Written essay / short answer   OSCE

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.
7.  If this course is an Acting Internship, please complete the following:
  A. Specify how the student will be given formative feedback on their clinical skills.
B. List advanced clinical skills that a student will be assured an opportunity to practice.
C. List other advanced clinical skills that a student may be exposed to depending on clinical case availability.
  D. How will the acting intern student have responsibilities similar to a PGY1 resident? How will their responsibilities differ?
  E. How will this course help prepare a student enter an internship in this field or a related field?
  F. How will midpoint feedback be provided to the student? How will you remediate deficiencies identified at midpoint?
  G. Acting Internship students often seek letters of recommendation following their experience. How many different faculty are they likely to encounter during this course? What is the usual number of working days they can expect to encounter the same individual faculty member? Describe the degree of supervision and interaction with faculty vs. residents or other providers.