Course Title: Comprehensive Management of the Spine
Fourth year medical student, successful completion of surgery clerkship.
The spine represents the crossroad between the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. As such, a broad understanding of both is required for the evaluation and management of patients presenting with spinal dysfunction. Comprehensive care requires a coordinated team of specialists from multiple disciplines. An understanding of multi-disciplinary care will benefit the student no matter what area of medicine they choose. Students will gain clinical knowledge and team leadership skills, with an emphasis on appropriate history-taking, physical examination, radiology studies, and treatment options for patients with acute, sub-acute, and chronic spine pathologies.
Course Faculty and Staff
- Michael Sein, MD (Director)
- Shawn McGargill, MD (Co-Director)
- Terra K. Smith-Hubner (Coordinator)
Meeting Place and Time
Monday -Fridays 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Comprehensive Spine Center, UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital 1505 SW Archer Rd
Atlas of Image-Guided Intervention (Rathmell), Various Spine Intervention Society texts, Journal Articles
#1 Patient Care
Educational Objectives: Appreciate disorders of the spine as they pertain to a patients’ quality of life, and functioning, and comorbidities.
Method of Evaluation: Direct attending observation
#2 Medical Knowledge
Educational Objectives: Application of the musculoskeletal physical exam for the diagnosis of common spinal pathology. Gain an understanding of basic interventional spine procedures, indications and contraindications.
Method of Evaluation: Direct attending observation, students will have the opportunity to directly observe fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures.
#3 Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Educational Objectives: Patient presentation skills Method of Evaluation: Students are expected to attend one multi-disciplinary spine conference (neurosurgery, anesthesiology, physiatry) and present at least one clinical case for discussion)