Clerkships (Sub-Internships)

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 can rotate at all our teaching hospitals, including:

  • UCSF Parnassus Campus (Adult service)
  • UCSF/Benioff Children’s Hospital (Pediatric service)
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (Trauma service)
  • San Francisco VA Medical Center

A clerkship is highly recommended for students interested in applying to the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery Residency Program.

Financial support is also available through the Visiting Elective Scholarship Program. This program was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) or are interested in working and conducting research with diverse populations to apply for a clinical elective rotation at UCSF. Each scholarship is $2000, will be reimbursed at the end of the rotation, and can cover visiting elective fees, transportation and lodging fees. 

How to Apply



    Thank you for your interest in the UCSF Neurological Surgery Clerkships. For more information, please contact Teresa Pan ([email protected]).

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