Neurology 649

St. Joseph Medical Center
Tacoma, WA

Franciscan Neurosciences
1608 S. "J" ST
Tacoma, WA 98405
Site Director: Lissa Brod, MD
Office Contact: Karen Slyter, Neurology Clinic RN
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Desk: 253-274-7505
Cell: 253-441-8065
Fax: 253-382-8399


Pre-arrival Requirements

Complete and submit the paperwork NO LATER than 3 weeks before your rotation begins. Computer access and ID badge information will be sent to you after processing.

Please follow the instructions carefully. The clinic and hospital both have their own set of forms. When filling out the forms, anytime it asks for a manager, supervisor, preceptor or sponsor, put Dr. Lissa Brod.

Clinic Paperwork

  • Print the Student Placement Packet
  • Check boxes for “Medical Student” and “Clinical Rotations”.
  • In the schedule section, pick the correct quarter and please circle all 7-days of the week in case you need to make-up any days on the weekend.
  • Where it says “Brief Description of Student Participation” write, Obtain histories and physicals on outpatient neurology patients under the supervision of a Franciscan Group neurologist as part of the required neurology clerkship at UW School of Medicine.
  • Questions can be addressed to Kristin Bicknell and that information is at the bottom of page 1.
  • At the bottom of page 2 there is a place for Dr. Brod to sign. The student does NOT need to get this done. Karen Slyter will help with this.
  • Send all these forms to Karen Slyter (See office contact above):
    • Student Placement Packet (fax, mail, or scan and email)
    • CV (email, fax, mail, or scan and email)
    • TB and immunization records (fax, mail, or scan and email)
    • Copy of driver's license (mail, or scan and email). Photo copies via fax don't show up.
  • Send a picture to Kristin Bicknell  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in jpeg format to be used for a badge.

Hospital Paperwork

  • Print the Student Information Packet
  • Request a STUDENT NPI# if you don't have one already
  • Page 2 is for the student to keep.
  • Send page 1 “Scope/Letter of Agreement” to Karen Slyter (contact info above) for Dr. Brod’s signature.
    • Scope/Letter of Agreement (fax, mail, or scan and email)
  • Send these forms to Agueda Delgadillo
    • Documentation of misdemeanor or felony if that applies
    • Copy of driver’s license or passport (mail, or scan and email). Photo copies via fax don’t show up.

Agueda Delgadillo
Franciscan Health System
St. Joseph Medical Center
Medical Staff Office; MS 01-64
PO Box 2197;  Tacoma, WA  98405
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Ph:  253-426-6811
Fx:  253-426-6939


Travel & Housing

Mileage reimbursement: You will receive mileage reimbursement for one roundtrip to and from Tacoma, and for your trips back and forth to Seattle for weekly class meetings. Contact Scott Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for reimbursement.

Housing: An apartment is available less than 2 miles from the clinic.  Please let the Clerkship Director, Dr. Kraus, know if you will need housing.  Karen Slyter will then help coordinate the paperwork and access.  The address is:

Vista Del Ray
319 N Tacoma Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98403

Orientation, First Day & What To Bring

Clerkship orientation: Orientation is at the UW at 8:00AM on the first day of your clerkship. The room number is on the Didactics page. Room information may change at the end of each rotation, so be sure to check the table the weekend before you begin. After orientation you will travel to Tacoma.

Equipment to bring: White coat and name tag, reflex hammer, tuning fork (128Hz), stethoscope, (Ophthalmoscope recommended).

Computer training: EPIC training is required for ALL students even if you have used the system before.  This will be arranged.


Site Expectations & Clinic Experience


SEATTLE AREA: Students are expected to spend four and one-half days per week at St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma. One-half day is reserved for didactics at UW.

You will park in the garage attached to the 1608 building. Staff parks on level 5 and above. For the first day you
will need to take a ticket but your badge will get you out at the end of the day.

The dress code for the site is professional attire, with a white coat. Shoes must be closed-toed and should be professional but suitable for walking around the hospital.


During the 4-weeks we hope you have exposure to the entire faculty in our neurology practice.

Name                                Subspecialty                                         
Lissa Brod Movement Disorders
Ali Habib Neuromuscular
Keiko Howard General Neurology
Colin Iosso General Neurology
Seth Stankus General Neurology
Mai Won General Neurology


Dr. Lissa Brod is the clerkship site director. She will observe students’ performance of the neurological examination within the first two weeks of the rotation, and provide feedback. Hopefully, this will happen in the last 2 weeks, as well, to ensure mastery of the neurological examination. The clinical mini-CEX should / can be performed with any of the clinic preceptors. Karen Slyter is the clinic RN who has control of the schedules and is a good resource. Please email Lissa Brod your 3-6 specific goals for the month within the first week of the rotation so that your experience is as rewarding as possible.

You will work with every neurologist in our group, with some inpatient and some outpatient weeks. You will be excused in time to return to Seattle for Thursday afternoon didactics, but you should remind your supervising faculty of this each Thursday morning. A schedule will be provided to you on a weekly basis. If you have any questions or concerns about scheduling, please contact Lissa Brod by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or cell phone (917-282-2637).