Fourth-year medical students who are enrolled in a medical school that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) are eligible to apply for a neurosurgery sub-internship at Barrow Neurological Institute each academic year. This opportunity is not open to international medical students.
Medical students can apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) portal. The application window opens up annually on or around the second Monday in March and it stays open for approximately one month. Neurosurgery sub-internship slots are limited and highly competitive.
To find out more about applying for a neurosurgery sub-internship on the clinical neurosurgery service at Barrow Neurological Institute, please contact Marinela Mrizi: [email protected]
About the Neurosurgery Sub-Internship at Barrow
The essence of the Barrow experience is technical mastery and surgical excellence. As such, the majority of your time here will be spent in the operating room learning surgical fundamentals.
Neurosurgery Residency Program
The neurosurgical service at Barrow is a single service, with one pool of residents independently operating every day in a dedicated 11-room neurosurgical operative suite that contains cutting-edge, state-of-the-art equipment. During the PGY-3 year, residents separately cover both the endovascular and pediatric services.
Locations and Facilities
Endovascular procedures are performed in our radiology department, where we have two additional neurosurgery-dedicated suites. Our pediatrics service is located at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. You will also likely spend time in Barrow Brain and Spine, our outpatient clinic.
The goal of the sub-internship experience at Barrow is to prepare you for residency and to provide you with a very transparent look at our training program. During your time here, you will have exposure to our subspecialty services, clinics, and operating theaters as well as interact on daily basis with our residents, faculty and staff members.
Neurosurgery Sub-Internship Responsibilities
Your primary responsibility while on service is to learn the surgical fundamentals that will form the foundation of your skills and decision making as a surgeon. With the exception of conferences, afternoon teaching rounds, and clinic, you are expected to be scrubbed in on cases daily.
We make every effort to extend the opportunity to each sub-intern to rotate through 1-3 subspecialty clinics. Scheduling conflicts happen for a variety of reasons, but are typically due to emergency cases.
All neurosurgery sub-interns are required to attend regularly scheduled conferences and to give a 10-minute talk at a conference during their time here.
If you would like to practice suturing before you start your sub-internship, Ethicon offers free practice kits to medical students.