Sub-specialties include spine, functional, vascular, neuro-oncology, skull base surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery.
Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.
Doing neurosurgery electives and sub-internships is highly recommended. In general, doing a neurosurgery rotation toward the middle to end of the T3 year would be preferred, after basic operative skills have been obtained in the general surgery rotation.
Doing away rotations to obtain additional letters of recommendation and getting additional exposure to neurosurgery is recommended.
Work hard and be useful during your away rotations, particularly if it is a program you would like to attend. Work well with the group and be respectful to residents, attendings, midlevel practitioners, and your fellow students.
Research experience is important and some of the very academically oriented programs will not interview you without it.
Dr. Katrina D’Aquin can put you in touch with potential mentors.