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 subinternship at Barrow in August, September, and October of each academic year.
Students should apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) no later than April for the following academic year. Neurosurgery subinternship slots are highly competitive; a maximum of 6 students per rotation month will be accepted.
To find out more about applying for a neurosurgery subinternship on the clinical neurosurgery service at Barrow Neurological Institute, contact Leah Plush: [email protected].
About the Neurosurgery Subinternship 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 subinternship 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 Subinternship Responsibilities
Your primarily 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 subintern to rotate through 1-3 subspecialty clinics. Scheduling conflicts happen for a variety of reasons, but are typically due to an emergent case.
All neurosurgery subinterns are required to attend regularly scheduled conferences and to give a 10-minute talk at a conference during their tenure here.
There will be one instructional suturing and knot-tying clinic scheduled during your rotation. Please use it as an opportunity to practice, learn, and ask about different suturing techniques. If you would like to practice suturing before you start your subinternship, Ethicon offers free practice kits to medical students.