The fourth year elective is a four week sub-internship based at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; one week is spent at Lurie Children’s Hospital. The sub-internship is designed to expand on student's neurosurgical knowledge and provide deep immersion in the function of the neurosurgery resident. Subinterns will work closely with the attendings, resident staff and coordinate all outpatient and inpatient care, include perioperative care of all neurosurgical patients. Typically, in house overnight call is taken every fourth day. This elective is recommended for those students pursuing a career in neurosurgery as it provides a unique look inside a high-volume, cutting edge neurosurgical residency program.
Students are expected to attend the weekly Academic Day held on Friday. Required conferences include Grand Rounds, Journal Club and residency teaching conferences. In addition, students will deliver a Grand Rounds presentation during the clerkship.
In the clinical setting, the student will demonstrate maturation of skills in the following areas:
- Evaluation of patients
- Interpretation of imaging studies
- Formulation of differential diagnosis
- Implementation of diagnostic and treatment plans
- Participation in the operating room and Neuro-ICU
Requirements & Eligibility
Students must meet the criteria established by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Education.
The Department of Neurological Surgery requires visiting student applicants to submit a brief one page personal statement regarding their interest in neurosurgery. Please submit the personal statement with the visiting student application to the Visiting Student Elective Program staff. In addition, please send a copy directly to the Neurosurgery Program Coordinator.
Nader S. Dahdaleh, MD
Contact our Clerkship Coordinator Isabel Garcia for more information about the subinternship clerkship program.