Medical Students

UAB-DN-646-199x300Medical students are encouraged to rotate through our neurosurgical service to gain an appreciation of the wide variety of acute and chronic neurological diseases. Students on our service will improve their ability to conduct a neurological exam, assess acute neurological emergencies, and participate in clinic and in the operating room. Acting Internships (AIs), electives and selectives are offered through UAB School of Medicine. Please contact the chief resident 1 week prior to your start date to discuss and plan your rotation.


Acting Internships and Visiting Students

This rotation is preferred for 4th year medical students interested in applying for a neurosurgical residency. However, students interested in neurology, critical care, or general surgery/trauma would also benefit from this rotation.

Each 4 week rotation is composed of 1 week assignments to the tumor, vascular, spine and pediatric services. Students are expected to fully participate in the service, including morning “pre-rounds,” conferences, OR, clinics, and other didactic activities. Students are on-call six times per month, including two weekends. While on-call, students are expected to perform a history and physical exam, present cases during rounds, and assist in the operating room. Finally, students are asked to prepare one 10 minute presentation to be given at the end of the rotation, during an afternoon conference (Mondays and Thursdays).


Elective

This rotation is designed for those 4th year medical students applying into non-neurosurgical fields, but desire specific exposure to neurosurgical topics.

The 4 week rotation is composed of 1 week assignments to the tumor, vascular, spine and pediatric services. However, a specific schedule can be tailored to individual interests. Students participate in the service, including conferences, OR, and other didactic activities. Call is encouraged, but not required, and is left to the discretion of students in fulfilling their educational goals. Finally, students are asked to prepare one 5 minute presentation, to be given at the end of the rotation during a daily or weekly conference.


Selective

This rotation is designed for 3rd year medical students exploring careers in neurosurgery. If students decide to pursue neurosurgery, they are strongly encouraged to take the AI rotation.

This 4 week rotation is composed of 1 week assignments, tailored to the individual interests of the student, as advised by faculty or the chief resident. Students will participate in the service, including conferences, OR, and other didactic activities. Call (1-2 nights) is encouraged, particularly for those with a strong interest in neurosurgical residency.
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