Department of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery Medical Student Program




The Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine offers clinical electives for medical students interested in neurosurgery. Clinical clerkships allow students considering a residency in neurological surgery to assist and learn from faculty and current residents at two of the five hospitals that are part of the Baylor neurosurgery residency program: Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Texas Children's Hospital. The clerkships listed below are available only to enrolled students at Baylor College of Medicine. However, we offer a one-month clinical elective for visiting students (Sub-I) which is available to fourth-year medical students enrolled and in good standing at any U.S. medical school.


Visiting Medical Students


Students who are interested in participating as a visiting sub-I should submit applications through the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Please review Baylor College of Medicine's Institution Overview on VSAS for important information. Currently, applicants can begin browsing elective opportunities. Please communicate directly with our neurosurgery office via email (Gina Collier or Dr. Patel) or by phone at 713-798-5421 prior to submitting your application through VSAS. Applications via VSAS will be processed on April 15, 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to include as much detail as possible regarding their educational achievements (e.g., USMLE scores, CV, clerkship grades, etc.). Please note that our sub-internship is classified under the MENSU-501 elective in VSAS. Notifications for visiting students will be on April 15, 2022.

  • All students (BCM and visiting) MUST follow the BCM rotation calendar. Students should only apply to blocks for which they know that they will be able to attend the full rotation according to the BCM’s Academic Calendar. No exceptions.
  • All visiting medical students are required to attend Visiting Student Orientation on the first day of the clinical elective rotation. No exceptions. This orientation begins promptly at 9:00 AM.

MENSU-200: Two-Week Selective – This selective is an introduction to clinical neurosurgery. Students will spend two weeks at one of the five teaching hospitals in the Baylor neurosurgery residency program acquainting themselves with the logic of diagnostic investigation and understanding the thought process involved in treatment decisions as well as the basic mechanisms of neurosurgical disease.

MENSU-501: Inpatient Clerkship – This elective is an introduction to clinical neurosurgery. The course features close contact with patients and emphasizes the logic of diagnostic investigation and understanding the thought process involved in treatment decisions as well as the basic mechanisms of neurosurgical disease. The student will have an opportunity to assist residents and faculty as they round on patients, see and work-up new patients, and observe surgical procedures.

Neurosurgery Sub-Internship: The goal of the neurosurgery sub-internship is to provide an experience that simulates the intern year of the residency program. During this time, visiting medical students make rounds with current residents, accompany surgeons to the operating room, observe consultations and work-up patients for critique by the resident and attending staff. Each student will be able to spend one-on-one time in the clinic with an attending physician, and must complete a neurosurgery clinical checklist, which ensures that every student has a robust educational experience. The sub-I will be responsible for seeing consults and admissions, as well as post-operative patients under the supervision of the team. The sub-I will be in the rotation for day call, along with the senior and junior residents. The sub-I will also cover surgical cases and will be given level-appropriate exposure to surgical procedures. Following each rotation, the student is expected and required to make a short case presentation at the Department of Neurosurgery's weekly Grand Rounds conference.