Visiting Student Clerkship
If interested in a student rotation,
Visiting students contact for application:
Medical Education Program Specialist
Department of Neurology
13220 USF Laurel Drive, MDC 55
Tampa, FL 33612
On site visiting students’ contact:
Medical Student Liaison:
Bryan Thomas, M.D.
Chief Resident, PMR Residency Program
Visiting Medical Students
Only Students enrolled at Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited medical schools may apply for clinical elective courses at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. For more information, click here.
MEL 8359: Intro to Physical Med and Rehabilitation
This elective will provide the medical student with a broad and comprehensive educational experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. There will be instruction in the evaluation and rehabilitation of a wide range of medical disability conditions including musculoskeletal problems, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputees, chronic pain, geriatrics, and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, students will be exposed to physical, occupational, speech, audiology, vocational, recreational, and kinesiological therapies. There will be instruction in functional assessments of all types of physical disabilities and in the diagnostic use of electromyography for muscle and neurological disorders. These patients will then be reviewed in detail by the attending physician and appropriate examination techniques, diagnostic problem-solving methods and treatment plans will be discussed with the student. The student will also participate in weekly PM&R lectures. Overall, the educational experience will offer a practical approach to those patients with disabilities. This will benefit all medical students regardless of their primary area of interest. Visitation at other rehabilitation centers is available.
Evaluation will be based on attendance and demonstration that the educational objectives have been met. An honors grade requires the student to do a case presentation at a weekly conference.
- Enable the student to become skilled in functional evaluation and anatomic correlation of pain and motion problems.
- Gain experience in the care of rehabilitation problems.
- Gain insight into the diagnosis of acute pain problems.
- Recognize a conservative treatment model for acute pain problems.
- To acquire experience in the management of patients with traumatic brain injury.
- To understand the role of the rehabilitation team in the management of patients with TBI.
- To gain experience in the neurologic examination of patients with motor and cognitive deficits.
- To acquire experience in the management of patients with Spinal Cord Injury.
- To understand the role of the rehabilitation team in the management of SCI.
- To gain experience with the neurologic examination of patients with SCI.