Welcome to the neurosurgical service at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. We have an exciting curriculum that promises to be both exciting and intellectually rewarding.
The clerkship in neurosurgery provides an introductory exposure to neurosurgery. In this rotation, you will expand upon your understanding of the basic physiology of the nervous system and explore critical concepts in the pathophysiology of neurosurgical disorders. Didactic sessions have been developed to familiarize you with current research on aspects of neurosurgical treatment. Your participation in patient care provides a fruitful ground for integrating knowledge of the basic neurosciences, disease pathophysiology, and clinical practices. You will be exposed to both in-patient and out-patient neurosurgical practices. Finally, your experiences in the operating room will facilitate an understanding of the basic neurosurgical techniques and etiquette.
The clerkship is designed to offer a sampling of the neurosurgery programs available through the UC San Diego Medical School. During the clerkship, you will rotate through the famed institutions affiliated with the UC San Diego Medical School.
Once again, welcome.
Alexander Khalessi MD MS FAANS
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
UC San Diego Health
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery
Department of Surgery
UC San Diego School of Medicine
SURG 410:Introduction to Neurosurgery
Surg 410 is a two-week course designed for third-year students interested in exploring neurosurgery as a career choice. The students will spend the two weeks at Hillcrest Medical Center participating in both the operating room as well as peri-operative patient care. Students are expected to attend neurosurgery grand rounds and resident didactic sessions. Weekly didactics will focus on the pertinence of neurosurgical principle to general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and surgery.
SURG 401A:Neurosurgery Specialty
Surg 401A is a four-week course embedded within the third year core general surgery rotation. The course is designed to broaden the student's surgical exposure in terms of surgical sub-specialties. The students will spend the four weeks at Hillcrest Medical Center as an integrated member of the neurosurgical team. Students are expected to attend neurosurgery grand rounds and resident didactic sessions. Weekly didactic will focus on the basic tenets of neurosurgery as it relates to trauma, vascular, and spine surgeries.