NSU 7500

Neurosurgery Externship


Claire Graham
Course Coordinator

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    Catalog Description:  Student will be an integral part of the neurosurgical team, participating closely with the other house staff in patient care and decision-making processes. An important aspect of the externship will be the opportunity to see neurosurgical procedures in correlation with the patients for whom the student is caring. In addition, regular teaching sessions and conferences will be held with the neurology and neurosurgical staff. During the final week of the rotation the student will be expected to do independent study on a topic and present this to the neurosurgical team.


    • FU: UMMC-Fairview, Harvard Street at East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • HC: Hennepin County Medical Center, 701 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Required session attendance:

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  Rounds everyday at 5:00am, duties assigned by chief resident daily so end time varies on assigned duty.  No weekends required but used for make-up days if needed.

    Direct patient care:  Yes

    Consent Requirement: Arranged. Email course coordinator to schedule.

    Course Objectives:  This course will provide a broad exposure for students interested in neurological surgery, neurology, primary care, and other surgical specialties. The student will gain:

    • a greater understanding of the management of neurosurgical diseases as a neurosurgeon;
    • a greater ability for the diagnosis of specialized neurosurgical problems;
    • an appreciation of the disease entities treated with neurosurgery both in clinic and the operating room; and
    • in this rotation, forming the first formalized step for undertaking neurosurgery as a career choice.

    Graded Components:

    • Clinical evaluation by attending
    • Oral presentation
    • Case studies completed

    Grading Scale:  H/E/S/N


    Allow repetition of course: Repeatable twice for up to 8 credits.

    Limited to Student Type:  No

    Course equivalency:  N/A

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    Course evaluation: MedHub