Departmental Course: Neurological Surgery

​​Clerkship Coordinator: Katie Portante
Phone: 206.744.9316

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Elective Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s).

To Apply:
  1. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  2. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancelations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Coordinator.

NEUR S 680 P – Neurological Surgery Clerkship (* max 4)

Offered Aut, Spr – 4 Weeks
Instructor: Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D.


  • To understand the diagnosis and management of surgical diseases of the nervous system and its coverings,
  • To learn how to do a competent examination of the patient with nervous system disease,
  • To understand anatomy of the nervous system and how it influences symptoms and signs,
  • To learn principles of neurosurgical judgment and patient management.


  • At the conclusion of this clerkship, students should be able to:
  • Discuss the anatomy of the nervous system and how it influences symptoms and signs.
  • Perform a competent neurological examination
  • Interpret imaging studies and other diagnostic information for patients in this population.
  • Outline diagnostic and management plans for surgical diseases of the nervous system including
  • head trauma, spine trauma, cerebrovascular disease, disc disease, CNS tumors, hydrocephalus,
  • and other neurosurgical diagnoses
  • Identify and differentiate acute problems in the nervous system needing immediate attention by a neurosurgeon and those that are more chronic in nature. Identify the factors that influence neurosurgical decision- making, such as patient age, disease
  • stage, prognosis, patient and family desires.
  • Discuss treatment options for common neurosurgical diseases with an understanding of both goals and risks.

Full-time, 2-week rotation at HMC, 1 week each at UWMC and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Participate in in-house overnight call at HMC. 

Wed. 7:00 – 8:00 am Neurosurgery Grand Rounds.
Wed. 8:00 – 9:00 am Resident Educator Hour.
Rounds and conferences at hospital where assigned.

Presentations: Optional; required for honors.

Visiting students require permission from department.