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

The Department of Neurological Surgery offers elective third-year clerkships and fourth-year subinternships to undergraduate medical students through 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.

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 our faculty or 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 education coordinator Gitana Cartwright 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 March 1 (academic school year block) or for full-time work between March 20 and July 20 (summer block).

Third Year Selective

Feinberg students who are interested in getting a deeper look into neurosurgery are invited to rotate with our team for two weeks during the third year of medical school. One week is spent with our cranial team and one week with our spine team. Selective students are expected to round with the residents in the morning, attend cases in the OR throughout the day and attend resident and student teaching conferences as they occur throughout the two weeks. Call is not expected but is invited if the student is interested.


For more information on Sub-Internship visit this page. 

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Contact Us

Clerkship Coordinator

For more information, please contact Gitana Cartwright at 312-695-0464.

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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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