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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
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Sub-Internship at Northwestern

Feinberg and visiting medical students who are planning to pursue careers in neurological surgery are invited to rotate with our team for four weeks during the fourth year of medical school. The rotation is divided into four one week rotations to offer exposure to all facets of our dynamic service including exposure to both our adult and pediatric neurosurgical services. Sub-interns are expected to round with the residents in the morning, prepare for and attend cases in the OR throughout the day, assist with the call pager, attend selected faculty clinics and attend resident and student teaching conferences as they occur throughout the month. Sub-interns are expected to take call approximately every four days with the understanding that they observe resident work hour restrictions.  Sub-interns are asked to present a brief talk on the neurosurgical topic of their choosing toward the end of the experience with our team. This talk may be a variety of neurosurgical topics including the student’s prior research, an interesting case they have participated in or a historical overview of a neurosurgical field.

Sub-internships are encouraged between May and September in order to complete the experience and obtain a letter of recommendation prior to submitting your application for neurosurgical residency. Please note, many of our faculty are away during the month of August, therefore sub-interns may gain less exposure to our faculty during that month.

Applications for Sub-internships review schedule and deadlines* for review are as following:

Month  Due for review
May February 15
June March 1
July March 15
August/September  April 1

*If there are available positions applications received after deadlines will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Completion of a sub-internship does not guarantee an invitation for a residency interview.

Visiting students are invited to apply for a rotation with our team via VSAS.

Pre-requisite: fourth-year medical student in good standing

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

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