NEU3-3001/F Neurology Clerkship-CHATT
Clerkship Director: Abdelazim Sirelkhatim, MD (Neurology)
Location: Erlanger Medical Center - Chattanooga
Blocks offered: (2013) Blocks 7, 9, 12 and
The Neurology Clerkship at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga is based at the primary clinical training site, Erlanger Health System, under the Department of Internal Medicine. This is a four-week (one block) required clerkship. Students will become familiar with standard diagnostic techniques, become proficient at performing a neurologic examination, become familiar with best practice guidelines, and become award of administrative requirements of an inpatient hospital environment, and work collegially with other health care professionals. The clerkship provides each student with a general framework in which he or she will be able to recognize and treat neurological emergencies and common neurologic disorders encountered in a primary care practice. Specific goals include:
Attendance at lectures and teaching conferences is required. Student's final grade is based 50% on an internally written examination and 50% on the attending neurologist's evaluation of their clinical performance. Students will have required didactic sessions to include teleconferencing weekly sessions with the Neurology Clerkship in Memphis. Use of shared resources are key. An internal video series is included in the curriculum. Daily mini-presentations are also required.
Students have significant exposure to patients both in the hospital and in the outpatient clinic. A good portion of patient care involves neurology consultations.
Ultimate responsibility for patient care rests with the attending neurologist who leads the treatment team. Medical students have limited responsibility but are allowed to conduct supervised interviewed with patients. In accordance with hospital bylaws, all responsibilities for inpatient chart documentation rests with the treatment team. Students will have ample opportunity to present written reports and sample chart notes as part of their learning experience. Students may assist with neurology procedures should the need arise (LP, carotid dopplers, EMG/NCT). Neurology faculty will supervise students directly.
Students are expected to attend the regularly scheduled rounds, clinics, video lecture series and participate in the Neurology Clerkship teleconferences provided by the Neurology Clerkship in Memphis. There are at least two or three formal didactic lectures each week. Students are also encouraged to attend weekly Internal Medicine Grand Rounds at Erlanger. Students should also attend any ad hoc conferences. Students are expected to participate in "Word of the Day" assignments (students will be assigned a one-word neurology topic and present a brief talk about the topic).
There is no student overnight call requirement; however, attendance at weekend/holiday rounds and admissions duty (observation/participation) is offered. Established duty hour rules for students are followed by the Clerkship Director.