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Cornell/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Neurosurgical Oncology (Course Code: S-122C)

Elective Course Description

The goal of this elective is to introduce students interested in neurosurgery to the surgical management of patients with primary and secondary neoplasms of the nervous system. The student will participate as a subintern in all activities of the Neurosurgery Department at Memorial Hospital including inpatient rounds, outpatient clinic, consultations and assisting during surgery.

During the Cornell/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Neurosurgical Elective, students spend three weeks at Cornell and rotate for one-week to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Please refer to Cornell’s Web site for this course’s description. 

There is a dual application process for this elective. In addition to submitting an application to Cornell, all students must complete the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center application that corresponds with their status. Students do not need to send an additional application fee to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In order to rotate as part of this elective at MSK, a student’s application must be approved by both Cornell and MSK.

Learning Objectives

  1. Obtain a complete and reliable history, with a focus on oncologic patients requiring neurosurgical evaluation

  2. Perform a focused and reliable neurologic examination in patients with neurologic disorders, including those with altered level of consciousness and neurologic deficits due to tumors of the brain and spine

  3. Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and examination.

  4. Distinguish normal from abnormal findings on a neurologic examination.

  5. Formulate a differential diagnosis based on lesion localization, time course, and relevant historical and demographic features.

  6. Describe the use and interpretation of common tests used in neurosurgical disease.

  7. Learn the basic set-up of neurosurgical operating rooms

  8. Understand the key steps of brain and spine tumor surgery

  9. Explain and interpret the medical literature pertinent to specific issues of patient care

For the program calendar for this elective, please see Cornell’s website.