The OR schedule for the following day is available at the Milstein 4th floor OR desk after 5pm. Please only request one copy per day for your group of students. Spend most of the day in the neurosurgical operating rooms (14, 15, 16, 17, and Babies 3). Try to observe as many different types of neurosurgical cases as possible. To receive scrubs for the week that you will be on Neurosurgery, you will have to contact Donna or Robert Harris at (212) 305-2841. Please have the last four digits of your social security number available, as they will need this in order to give you a code to get scrubs.
For your convenience, shared lockers have been designated for storing personal belongings when necessary in the following locations:
Female Locker Room: 4th Floor Milstein OR
Locker #17 (orange locker in the rear of the locker room)
Male Locker Room: 3rd Floor Milstein OR
Blood exposures are a medical emergency — wherever they occur
A bloodborne pathogen exposure can result not just from a needle stick but also from the exposure of nonintact skin or any mucosal surface to blood or other potentially infectious body fluids (e.g., semen, vaginal secretions, breast milk, CSF, peritoneal or pericardial fluid, saliva in dental procedures, or any fluid contaminated by blood).
Follow these steps immediately!
– at the Student Health Service if you are at Columbia
– at the Emergency Room if SHS is closed
– if you are on an away rotation, at the Occupational Health Service or Emergency Room of that hospital
There will be no charge to you.
Remember the acronym CITES: Clean, Inform (need for immediate evaluation), Testing of source patient, Evaluation at SHS (or ER if SHS is closed or you are away).
Because of the short nature of the rotation, this is a pass/fail rotation. Neurological Surgery does not give a formal test at the end of the week; however, attendance is mandatory: (1) in the operating room every day, (2) with the attending surgeon for his daily discussions, and (3) at Thursday morning conferences. The weekly conference schedule is attached. Mandatory conferences to attend are in bold. Attendance will be monitored by the assigned attending. Failure to be present without a bona fide excuse will result in failure. You will be evaluated by your preceptor at the end of your rotation. Included is a copy of the course learning objectives. Each attending will have a different emphasis. Feel free to request topics of particular interest to your group of students.
Third-year students interested in a career in Neurosurgical Surgery are encouraged to meet with their preceptor attending or the Course Director, Guy M. McKhann II, M.D.
Please remember to fill out your course evaluations and return your reference book so that we may release your pass/fail evaluation to Student Affairs. We look forward to your rotation and hope that you enjoy your experience in Neurological Surgery.
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