Programs for UCSF Medical Students


Neurosurgery Interest Group

Organized by Manish Aghi, MD, PhD, this program comprises a weekly lecture series for UCSF medical students interested in neurosurgery. Didactic lecture followed by discussion is led by neurosurgery faculty and residents, covering topics from intraoperative brain mapping to complex spinal surgery techniques. 


AANS Young Neurosurgeons Student Chapter

This student-led group provides early support, mentorship, and leadership training to UCSF medical students (of all years) who either have an interest in pursuing neurosurgery as career or simply just want more exposure to learn about the field. Benefits include

  • Mentor match with a PGY5 neurosurgery resident for longitudinal career guidance, clinical skills training, and surgical exposure
  • Quarterly sessions with PGY1 neurosurgery residents about preparation for clinical rotations, sub-internships, and residency applications
  • Eligibility for Chapter scholarships for research or travel grants
  • Weekly lecture series from faculty and residents on research findings

Learn more about AANS Medical Student Chapters >


Clerkships (Sub-Internships)

UCSF medical students are also eligible to apply for a neurosurgery clerkship, to work with our faculty and current residents in all aspects of the neurosurgery service. A clerkship is highly recommended for students interested in apply to the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Learn more about available clerkships >