Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
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Medical Students

Nader S Dahdaleh, clerkship director

The Department of Neurological Surgery offers elective third-year clerkships and fourth-year subinternships to undergraduate medical students at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Students who meet Feinberg’s general application criteria for the visiting student elective program may be considered. See that page for application information and browse below to learn more about our opportunities.

 Interested in neurological surgery?

  • mentorship program
  • neurosurgery interest group

 Research Opportunities

A number of our clinical faculty conduct primary research in addition to their clinical work caring for patients with neurosurgical disorders. These neurosurgeon-scientists partner together with a number of basic science researchers also within the department to advance our understanding of neurosurgical disorders and how to best treat them. Find a more expansive description of the research going on in our department by visiting our Research Page. Please contact lab personnel directly about the possibility of joining one of our research teams.

 Medical Student Scholar Program

The department of neurological surgery will support a limited number of medical students via our Medical Student Scholar Program. If you are currently doing research with a member of our faculty, please download and fill out our Medical Student Scholar Program Application and email it to Dr. S. Kathleen Bandt, MD for review.
 
Applications will be reviewed twice yearly, July 1 and March 1 for the academic school year and summer research blocks, respectively. Notifications will be made by e-mail by July 15 and March 15 respectively.
No multi-student projects are permitted. Support totals $2,500 for part-time work between September 1 and May 1 (academic school year block) or for full-time work between May 20 and July 20 (summer block).

 Third-Year Clerkship

This four-week elective is designed for third-year students at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to get more in-depth exposure to the field of neurological surgery. The rotation consists of three weeks at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and one week at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. It is recommended for those students considering a career in neurosurgery but who may want more experience in the field to further solidify their decision.

During the rotation, students interact directly with attending neurosurgeons and residents in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Required conferences include Grand Rounds, Journal Club, and residency teaching conferences.

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

 Fourth-Year Subinternship

This elective is a four-week subinternship for fourth-year medical students who have decided to pursue a career in neurological surgery. Students from both Northwestern University and other medical schools around the United States are invited to apply. The rotation consists of three weeks at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and one week at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. It is designed to expand on students’ neurosurgical knowledge base and provide deep immersion in a busy neurosurgery department and residency program.

Subinterns will work closely with attending neurosurgeons and neurosurgery residents primarily in the inpatient setting. Limited exposure to the outpatient setting will also be included. In-house overnight call is taken every fourth day, on average, depending on the number of rotating students at any given time. Required conferences include Grand Rounds, Journal Club, and residency teaching conferences. Subinterns will be asked to deliver a brief talk to the department on the neurosurgical topic of their choosing toward the end of their rotation.

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

Applications are accepted through either the visiting student elective program or by contacting the program coordinator, Nate Arnold. We also require that you submit a brief, one-page personal statement regarding your interest in neurosurgery. Rotation dates are flexible so please specify a requested 4 week block in your application.

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Contact Us

Clerkship Coordinator

For more information, please contact Nate Arnold at 312-695-6283.

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MD Teaching Opportunities

 

Passionate teachers are critical to the success of Feinberg medical students. The Augusta Webster Office of Medical Education is looking for Feinberg faculty to inspire future leaders by teaching in our MD Program. We offer teaching formats and schedules that can accommodate your needs.

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