PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed their M3 Core Clerkships in Medicine and Surgery.
NOTE: This course is not offered during the months of July and August.

PURPOSE:  The student will be exposed to a multi-disciplinary pain management and sees patients from hospital services in acute and chronic pain environments. At the completion of this rotation, students should be able to perform a neurologic exam, lumbar epidural steroid injections, lumbar facet joint injections, and trigger point injections. They should also be able to create a differential diagnosis for back pain, and be able to read and evaluate radiographic studies to diagnose the source of back pain.

COMPETENCIES:  Responsibilities will include obtaining a medical history, a targeted neurological examination and evaluation of radiographic studies.  Reviewing the relevant clinical, neuro and orthopedic anatomy as it relates to the pain patient.
Evaluating patients on the acute pain service; new consults, and follow-up consults; visits and following up with patients with continuous epidural, and regional catheters.  The students will assist in performing interventional pain procedures in the pain center and the operating room.  A lecture to the pain service on a topic of the trainee’s choice will be required during this rotation.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Medical students will work together with residents and attendings in assigned operating rooms. The first two weeks involve general anesthesia experience with emphasis on airway management. The last two weeks permit exploration into subspecialty areas including regional anesthesia, obstetrics, and critical care.


Program Number: ELEC 601
Location: AIMMC
Site Director: Eugene Villa, M.D.
Site Coordinator:  Dorian Richwell (Interim)
Coordinator Medical Student Affairs: Teresa Johnson
Telephone: 773-296-3584 Fax: 773-296-5051
Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty:
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: Yes
Laboratory/Independent Study:
Total Hours /Week:

Reporting Time
:  8:30 AM

Location:  First Day - Report to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Main Hospital Building located at 836 W. Wellington Avenue in Chicago. The Coordinator and Medical Student Affairs will email you the Reporting Instructions one week prior to the start of your rotation outlining the details of our mandatory orientationPlease note:  If your first day falls on a legal holiday, contact Teresa Johnson for a new orientation date.

Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.

Note: Clinical electives at Advocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC, ALGH) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions.

Approved: 1/16/13
Updated: 10/1/15