IU School of Medicine



The elective is designed to enhance the experience of the Neuroscience Clerkship and is recommended for students interested in Neurology, Pediatrics, or Neurosurgery. The student will be exposed to complex surgical disorders of the nervous system in infants and children with emphasis on congenital malformations, tumors, perinatal complications, epilepsy, and trauma. The student will be required to participate in the multidisciplinary programs involving these diseases in order to gain exposure and understanding of the variety of approaches and specialties that are needed in order to care for these complex problems. Special projects applicable to a specific interest or disease can be offered by prior arrangement.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jodi Smith ( jodlsmit@iupui.edu )

Director: Jodi Smith, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Recognize the basic pathophysiology, to efficiently evaluate, and to apply fundamental concepts of neurosurgical care and/or intervention to surgical disorders of the nervous system in infants and children (MK3)
  • 2) Efficiently and thoroughly interview and examine patients with pediatric neurosurgical diseases and to articulate basic patient care plans (PC1)
  • 3) Identify the value of a career in pediatric neurosurgery (PBLI1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; completion of Neurology clerkship

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50-60

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Jodi Smith ( jodlsmit@iupui.edu )

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None