Clerkships

The Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF offers three different clinical electives each year--one open to students from any medical school and two open to UCSF medical students only. The clinical clerkships allow students considering a residency in neurological surgery to work with our faculty and the current residents in all aspects of the neurosurgery service, as well as interact with faculty in other departments who regularly work with the Department of Neurological Surgery. Students rotate at all of our teaching hospitals, including: the Parnassus Campus (Adult Service), Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (Trauma Service), UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals (Pediatric Service) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. A clerkship is highly recommended for students interested in applying to the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery Residency Program.

 

Neurosurgery 140.01: Advanced Inpatient Clerkship - Open to Students from All Medical Schools
Students become an integral part of the neurosurgery service, assisting members of the house staff and faculty. Activities include ward and ICU rounds, observing and assisting in the OR, taking night call, and attending grand rounds and other teaching conferences. The rotation ais our sub-internship in neurosurgery and offers the motivated medical student an excellent opportunity to contribute to an active neurosurgery service. This rotation provides students with exposure to all the opportunities and resources available to neurosurgical residents at UCSF. It allows them to experience the training environment first-hand and observe residents at all stages of the training process, which informs students as they consider what would be the best training environment for their career. 

Medical students spend two weeks at the UCSF Parnassus or Mission Bay campus, depending on the student's interest. They also spend one week on teh SFGH service and one week at the VA campus. These are meant to be immersive experiences with teh student becoming a part of the clinical care team, rounding on the service with the resident in teh morning, and spending each day in the operating room.

Offered Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
Prerequisites: UCSF students need to have taken Neurology 110, all other students need an equivalent course and the consent of the instructor.
Minimum Weeks Offered: 4
Maximum Students per Block: 4

 

Neurosurgery 140.02: Off-Campus Clinical Clerkship - Open to UCSF Students Only
Students become an integral part of the neurosurgery service, assisting members of the house staff and faculty. Activities include ward and ICU rounds, assisting in the OR, taking night call, and attending grand rounds and other teaching conferences. This rotation amounts to a sub-internship in neurosurgery and offers the motivated student an excellent opportunity to contribute to an active neurosurgery service at each hospital (Moffitt/Long, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco VA Medical Center). Offered Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
Prerequisites: UCSF students only; need to have taken Neurology 110.
Minimum Weeks Offered: 4
Maximum Students per Block: 5

 

Neurosurgery 150.01: Research Clerkship - Open to UCSF Students Only
Students will participate in a research project under the direction of a member of the faculty. Extensive background reading will be required and discussion of important topics will be held at weekly laboratory and program project research conferences. Offered Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Prerequisites: UCSF students only, consent of the instructor.
Minimum Weeks Offered: 4

 

Your dates of attendance for any clerkship must correspond with the UCSF Block Electives Calendar. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). No exceptions are made to this calendar.
 
Interested students must submit an application by using the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service. Details on the application process, and application fee information, and contact information are available from the School of Medicine Visiting Students website. Please read the instructions in detail before submitting your application. 
 
Thank you for your interest in the UCSF Neurological Surgery Clerkships.

 
For information on short-term housing in San Francisco for visiting students, contact the UCSF Housing Department.