Elective Course Description
This elective provides a student with the opportunity to function as a sub-intern on the neurology unit at Memorial Hospital. The unit has 20 to 25 beds, including a five-bed neuro-observation unit, and is dedicated to the care of patients with brain tumors, metastatic disease to the brain, acute neurologic emergencies, and the neurologic complications of cancer and its treatment.
Students will work under the direct supervision of the neurology resident, neuro-oncology fellow and attending neurologist. Students participate fully in attending rounds, and conferences of both the Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Cornell Departments of Neurology. Attending rounds are conducted daily by one of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s full-time neurologists. In addition, there is morning report, daily neuroradiology rounds and optional neuropathology conference, adult and pediatric tumor board and grand rounds.
The student will admit and evaluate patients under the supervision of a neurology resident and will be on call every third to sixth night. They will work under the direct supervision of the neurology resident, neuro-oncology fellow, attending neurologist and will participate fully in all of the attending rounds and conferences of both the Memorial Hospital and Weill Cornell Departments of Neurology. The sub-intern will have the opportunity to observe neuroradiological procedures performed on their patients, perform, under supervision, neurodiagnostic tests such as a lumbar puncture, attend family meetings, develop further communication skills in giving bad news, and better understand the needs of patients and families in the setting of primary and metastatic brain cancer.