Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery


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Name of lecturer
Francesco Sala
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Lezioni 2° semestre 1°- 5° anno dal Feb 18, 2019 al May 31, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

Goal of this Course is to introduce the students to the field of Intraoperative Neurophysiology, as an essential contribution to modern Neurosurgery. The Course will review the role of neurophysiological monitoring and mapping techniques in complex neurosurgical procedures such as those for brain tumors in eloquent areas, brainstem tumors, spinal cord tumors, acoustic neuromas, tethered cords, and others. In doing so, the functional anatomy of the central nervous system will be reviewed from a neurosurgical perspective. Finally, the students will be given the opportunity to assist one of these procedures in the operating theater.


The neurosurgical teaching is aimed to provide the students with the clinical knowledge and treatment principles related to the main neurosurgical diseases, both cranial and spinal.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to be independent in acquiring and present all relevant clinical data, performing a tailored neurological examination, and defining the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic iter of the neurosurgical patient.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lumenta, Di Rocco, Haase, Mooij Neurosurgery (Edizione 1) Springer Verlag; 1 edizione (30 aprile 2009) 2009 ISBN 978-3-540-79565-0

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be either oral or through multiple choice written test. Questions will mainly address the topics of the frontal lessons but could include any of the topics in the Program. The exam is aimed to assess the knowledge of the theoretical principles and their applications in the clinical neurosurgical practice.
Please refer to the description of the Neurology exam with regards to the relative weight of the neurosurgical assessment in the final evaluation.


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