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


Neurosurgery 140.01: Advanced Inpatient Clerkship

Open to Students from all U.S. 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 is 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 UCSF Parnassus or Mission Bay campus, depending on the student’s interest. They also spend one week on the SFGH service and one week at the VA campus. These are meant to be immersive experiences with the student becoming a part of the clinical care team, rounding on the service with the resident in the morning, and spending each day in the operating room.

Offered Summer quarter.

  • Prerequisites: UCSF students need to have taken Neurology 110, all other students need an equivalent course and the consent of the instructor. Non-UCSF students must be attending a U.S. medical school.
  • Minimum Weeks Offered: 4
  • Maximum Students per Block: 4


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.