Department of Neurosurgery Diversity Sub-Internship Program

We welcome applications to our Diversity Sub-internship Program to support experiences of students historically underrepresented in academic neurosurgery. Accepted students will complete a four-week sub-internship at Washington University between July and October.

Program support for participants includes a $2,000 stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees, and incidental expenses while in St. Louis.

We are deeply committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where everyone is welcomed, respected and supported. By bringing together individuals from varying backgrounds, experiences and areas of expertise, we benefit from a collective wealth of knowledge and ideas. It is this diversity that allows us to develop richer solutions to complex scientific and clinical challenges and to train culturally sensitive clinicians and scientists. It is also this diversity that enables us to provide the best care to our diverse community of patients.

About the program

The Diversity Sub-Internship Program is designed to give students with a diverse background the experience of rotating as a neurosurgical sub-intern at Washington University in St. Louis Department of Neurosurgery.

The fourth-year medical student will participate in:

  • Patient work-ups
  • Pre-, intra- and post-operative care
  • Diagnostic procedures

Students will also scrub in cases with senior level and chief residents, assist with neurosurgical procedures and observe the more critical portions of these procedures. It is expected that they will learn how to perform basic neurosurgical procedures such as lumbar punctures, ICP monitor placement, and ventricular drain placement.

Fourth-year medical students are encouraged to participate in Grand Rounds, Neurosurgery Resident Curriculum conference, and Journal Club with the neurosurgery residents. At least one day/week is spent in an outpatient neurosurgery office setting. Students will be expected to take overnight call. A week spent on the pediatric service at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is a component of this fourth-year elective. The application deadline is June 1, 2021. For more information, please visit the Department of Neurosurgery’s website.