Opportunities for Pre-Med Students

Our department has developed several internship programs for high school and college students who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM), to increase access and exposure to healthcare careers, including in neurosurgery. 

ENVISION Internship Program

ENVISION is an internship program in partnership with UCSF Department of Neurosurgery and the non-profit organization Oasis for Girls to expose young high school girls of color (ages 14-18) from under-represented communities in San Francisco to careers in the medical field and to help them build important professional skills to enrich their future.

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Summer Internships

UCSF Neurosurgery has developed a summer internship with a particular focus on UIM college students. Over the past four years, numerous students have spent their summer vacations shadowing our staff in surgery, on the wards, and in clinics, as well as conducting clinical research projects. More than half of the clinical faculty at UCSF have participated in these programs.

Though we do not have a formal summer internships application process for pre-med college students, we encourage you to reach out to clinical faculty based on your interests and also check out some of the other opportunities UCSF has to offer.

  • Look through our Neurosurgery Specialties website and choose which subjects you would like to become involved in. You can ask specific faculty noted in these sections about creating volunteering, interning, or shadowing opportunities, setting up a schedule, and other questions / logistics needed.
    • Please check the UCSF Directory to find contact info for faculty (take out their middle initial and degrees to search).
    • Include your interests and resume or CV upon requesting an opportunity.
    • Copy Marisa McFarlane ([email protected]) in this request so that she can help with the set up (onboarding documentation needed) and keep note of interns / volunteers for our records.
  • Also, check out the BCHO College Summer Volunteer Program at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. They have a formal summer volunteering program to apply to where volunteers can do work with VR technology and conduct / analyze survey data with pediatric patients.
  • In general, it is a great idea to look into the Diversity Hub, with over 260 programs, the list is searchable / filterable.