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The Spine Outcomes Research Center offers a popular medical tutorial to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students at the Johns Hopkins University. In this tutorial, we strive to give students an exposure to academic medicine as it pertains to spine surgery. Specifically, this means that we alternate our tutorial on a weekly basis with students observing a surgeon in the clinic (week A) and assisting a researcher in the office (week B).
During the observation of the surgeon, the student is exposed to the discussion between the surgeon and the medical staff — resident, nurse practitioner, etc. — during review of each patient's condition and to the interaction between surgeon and patient during the physical examination. During the assistance with the researcher, the student will learn the various steps of clinical research. This will include literature reviews, data entry and potential interaction with study participants.
Because we alternate with the clinic, we structure the tutorial to coincide with the clinic schedule here at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. Therefore, we have time slots available on Monday (all day), Wednesday (all day), Thursday (morning) and Friday (all day). We ask each student to commit to a four-hour time slot and to be as consistent as possible during the semester. Please check your schedule and determine if this will fit with your class load.