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During the clinical month the student will become an "associate intern" on one of the clinical neurosurgical services at the Medical Center. The student will rotate call with the other interns and be responsible for admissions and evaluation of patients, assisting at operations and planning postoperative care. The student will attend all conferences and assume much responsibility for his portion of patient care under the direction of the senior residents and faculty. Students are encouraged to schedule this elective early in their fourth year elective program. They will be selected for this rotation by the Chairman for their interest in a surgical career and demonstrated aptitude in surgical skills. The student must be ranked in the upper half of the class and have a USMLE Step I scores > 236. The Honors Program will require a minimum of two months in the laboratory and one month of clinical work. The Honors candidate will be expected, under faculty guidance, to participate in a research project of scientific merit. Successful fulfillment of the objectives of this elective, in conjunction with previous excellence in surgical studies, will qualify the student for "Honors" designation in Neurosurgery.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Scott Shapiro (sshapiro@iupui.edu)

Director: Scott Shapiro, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Xiao-Ming Xu, Ph.D. (co-director); Department of Neurosurgery Staff

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Review and summarize the required elements of an ongoing research project (PBLI1)
  • 2) Apply neuroscience-related research techniques (PBLI1)
  • 3) Conduct hypothesis-driven research (PBLI1)
  • 4) Discuss scientific papers (ISC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; Research)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status. Career interest in Neurosurgery, appointment by arrangement with Department Chair (Dr. Nicholar Babaro: nbarbaro@iupui.edu)

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 60% Laboratory; 35% Clinical; 5% Lecture/Library (Three months of elective at IUMC; two months in a research laboratory; one clinical month.)

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

This elective is for the student who wishes to pursue a career in Neurosurgery and desires to gain investigative and clinical skills. Career interest in Neurosurgery, appointment by arrangement with Department Chair (Dr. Nicholar Babaro: nbarbaro@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE MAY BE DROPPED/ADDED WITH 30 DAYS NOTICE TO THE DEAN'S OFFICE.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None