SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Neurology Preclinical Preceptorship
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements: Successful completion of year 1
Responsible Faculty Director:
Elena Shanina MD, PhD
Other Faculty:
Available Dates
• 4-week block: 4/25/22 - 5/20/22
• 4-week block: 5/23/22 - 6/17/22
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 Applications will be sent out electronically. If you need to speak to someone in the department, you can reach Mrs. Jeanene DeLaRosa, Neurology Student Program Coordinator, John Sealy Annex, Room 9.128 - Rt. 0539;; phone (409) 772-8031; fax (409) 772-6940. If you wish to discuss specifics of the rotation or modify your experiences to fit your interests, please contact Program Director, Dr. Elena Shanina, NOTE: Students will be accepted to the program based on a lottery from the applications submitted.

Goals & Objectives
 To provide an opportunity for students to experience a clinical learning environment in the settings of Neurology practice, receive exposure to the wide range of neurological cases, develop greater understanding of the role of neurologists in the patient care. Following the preceptorship, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to establish rapport with patients, basic understanding of common neurological problems, recognize importance of interdisciplinary approach to many neurological disorders, demonstrate an awareness and appropriate use of resources available for comprehensive patient care.

Description of course activities
 The Department of Neurology sponsors a pre-clinical preceptorship program. Students will work either with a practitioner in the program who best matches their interests and location preference or participate in one or more of the clinical services (potentially including outpatient clinic, inpatient consults, and/wards). Students will accompany the practitioners in their daily activities, which may include office-based care, hospital rounds, diagnostic studies (such as EEG or EMG), teaching conferences, meetings and other activities. Students will be encouraged to become as actively involved in patient care activities as their level of training permits.

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Residents and faculty of the Department of Neurology
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    Students expected to present their cases to preceptor at least once a week and prepare one formal Power Point presentation of the topic related to Clinical Neurology during 4 week period.
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Students will be given an outline of oral presentation of neurological cases and guidelines to Power Point presentation
  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?
    Yes           No
  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.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
  Students will work with Neurology Faculty & Residents daily and receive feedback regarding their performance.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe