SOM Elective Brochure

Electives Type:  Clinical

Elective Title
Not currently being offerred ---Ambulatory Clinical Neurology in Austin
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 3 
      Additional Requirements:
Responsible Faculty Director:
Annie Tsui, M.D.
Other Faculty:
Jason Shen, MD, John Bertelson, MD, Jack Fraim, MD, Osvaldo Perurena, M.D., Deborah Briggs, M.D., Muhammad Munir, MD, and Georgela Varga, MD
Location to Report on First Day
Periods Offered
including Period 12 (June), NOT including the holiday vacation Period 13 (Dec)
Maximum Enrollment

 This course will provide the senior medical student with the opportunity to become more proficient in the diagnosis and management of patients with neurological disorders that are commonly encountered in the ambulatory setting.

 1. Improve ability to obtain a neurological history and perform the neurological exam, 2. Develop an appropriate differential diagnosis and plan for evaluation and management of common neurological disorders, 3. Observe faculty in various neurological subspecialty clinics.

Description of course activities
 The student will see patients at Far West Clinic, as well as participate in EEG and EMG interpretations. When possible, students will interview and examine patients prior to discussion with faculty.

Type of students who would benefit from the course
 Any senior medical student, especially students interested in a career in neurology or neurosurgery. Prior completion of a clerkship on the inpatient neurology service is strongly advised. Visiting students should submit an application through VSAS: Select UTMB at Galveston as the host institution and indicate you wish to take NEUU 4011 on the application.

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Day of Week AM PM
  Monday 8:30am-noon 1-5pm
  Tuesday 8:30am-noon 1-5pm
  Wednesday 8:30am-noon 1-5pm
  Thursday 8:30am-noon 1-5pm
  Friday 8:30am-noon 1-5pm
  Saturday n/a n/a
  Sunday n/a n/a
  Average number of patients seen per week: 10  
  Call Schedule:   none  

  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?
    Variable, primarily at Far West Clinic.
  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?
    Neurology faculty
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Case presentations
  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)?
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
  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?
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
  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)?
    1. Attendance of all neurology clinical conferences and resident lectures 2. Review of lecture series on Powerpoint

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.