Department of Neurology

Neurology 649

St. Joseph Medical Center
Tacoma, WA

Franciscan Neurosciences
1608 S. “J” ST
Tacoma, WA 98405
Site Director: Lorin Freedman, MD
Office Contact: Lorin Freedman, MD
Desk: 253-274-7505
Fax: 253-382-8399

Pre-arrival Requirements

Complete and submit the paperwork NO LATER than 4 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. Lorin Freedman.

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.
  • Send all these forms to Dr. Freedman:
    • Student Placement Packet (fax, mail, or scan and email).  Dr. Freedman to sign page 2.
    • 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 Fonda Oliver in jpeg format to be used for a badge.

Hospital Paperwork

  • Print the Student Information Packet
  • Request a STUDENT NPI # (National Provider Identifier) if you don’t have one already.  Here is the process:
  • Page 2 is for the student to keep.
  • Send page 1 “Scope/Letter of Agreement” (fax, mail, or scan and email) to Dr. Freedman for signature.
  • Send these forms and information to Fonda Oliver
    • 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.
    • Full name of student (last, first, middle)
    • Date of birth
    • NPI #
    • Letter of Good Standing (LOGS):  Required for this site.  Please go to your E*Value profile and download the LOGS to send.  Instructions if needed.

Fonda Oliver
Medical Staff Coordinator, Medical Staff Services
CHI Franciscan-St Clare Hospital
11307 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 | MS 4127
Ph (253) 985-6421
Fax (253) 985-2737

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 to arrange for reimbursement.

Housing: TBD

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. 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 park 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                                         
Lorin Freedman General Neurology
Jay Erickson General Neurology
Colin Iosso General Neurology
Seth Stankus General Neurology

Dr. Lorin Freedman is the clerkship site director. He 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 site preceptors. TBD is the clinic RN who has control of the schedules and is a good resource. Please email Lorin Freedman 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 many neurologists 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 Lorin Freedman by email