Medical Student Electives
Spinal Cord Injury Care
OBJECTIVE: At the completion of this
clerkship, the student will be able to:
1) Perform an admission history and physical exam on
patients admitted to the Spinal Cord Injury Center, with a special focus on
appropriate neurological classification of the spinal trauma and the basics of surgical and
non-surgical approaches to achieving spinal stability.
2) Develop an appreciation of the special medical problems of these
3) Describe the roles of the individuals that make up the multi-disciplinary
teams that treat these patients.
4) Gain an appreciation of the epidemiology of spinal cord injury with a
special focus on prevention, prognosis and outcome.
5) Describe the rationale and indications for tendon transfer surgery in
OFFERED: All months except October & November
STUDENTS: Maximum: 2 visiting medical students for each
REQUIRED: Core clerkship in Internal Medicine
DESCRIPTION: Clerk will have responsibility for evaluation
and management of 4 to 5 inpatients at the Spinal Cord Injury Center. Morning
teaching rounds are conducted with resident and attending physician. Team
conferences are held 3 times per week. Outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Clinic is
held once per week.
DUTIES: Initial evaluation of inpatients; participation in
team conferences; observation of therapies and family meetings; attendance at
outpatient follow-up clinic.