The Department of Neurosurgery Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine offers a clinical elective that is open to senior medical school students in good standing from U.S. and Canadian LCME certified medical schools, and upon approval, from other international medical schools. The clinical clerkships allow students considering a residency in neurological surgery to assist faculty and current residents in all aspects of the neurosurgery service, both adult and pediatric. A clerkship is highly recommended for students interested in applying to the department's residency program. A minimum rotation of two weeks is suggested. To apply for a clerkship, please contact the Department of Student Affairs.
Student Rotations include:
Ben Taub Hospital
Ben Taub Hospital is one of the busiest county trauma centers in the nation, and that is reflected in the sheer volume and array of cases seen every month in this hospital. As a medical student on the Neurosurgery Service at Ben Taub Hospital, you are immediately integrated into a team of residents who round together in the mornings, handle ICU issues in parallel with the Neuro Critical Care Team, operate on a wide variety of both elective and trauma cases, and manage incoming neuro-trauma that comes into the Emergency Center day and night. This rotation is absolutely one the busiest, but also has the greatest potential for medical student involvement and learning, with hands-on participation at all times. The Ben Taub experience should be the core experience of any neurosurgical rotation at Baylor College of Medicine, and although it is one of the busiest services, you will miss it the most when you are done.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Neurosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center is truly one of the most fascinating experiences one can have as a medical student. The rarity and variety of cases is astounding, and the access for medical students is incredible. While hands-on experience is not as extensive as other rotations given the nature and location of many of the tumors, there is still a significant amount to do in the operating room with the team, and there is more one-on one exposure to neurosurgical faculty on this rotation than any other. It is on this rotation that you truly obtain an understanding of the elegance of the master neurosurgeon’s delicate touch. The technology at MDA is also world-class, with intra-operative guidance and MRI being standard, and new technologies being instituted and piloted daily. The MD Anderson experience truly provides a look into the life of academic neurosurgery at its finest, and it does not have a comparable equivalent elsewhere.
Texas Children’s Hospital
The neurosurgical rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital is truly excellent. Not only is this one of the largest Pediatric Neurosurgery groups in the nation, but the people here are all outstanding to work with both personally and professionally. The faculty is all very approachable and take a genuine interest in medical student participation, both in the operating rooms and out. It is a very busy service though, and medical students act as a regular member of the team, rounding in the morning with the residents and fellow, and performing procedures independently. There is never shortage of fascinating cases ranging from rare and common tumors to complex spine, vascular, and many cranial reconstructive cases as well. The rotation has a very fast pace and in addition to rounding, being in the OR, and attending lectures and conferences, medical students are expected to give a short presentation at the end of the rotation.
St. Luke’s Hospital
St. Luke’s Hospital houses the primary teaching service of the Baylor College of Medicine Neurosurgery service. The resident team consists of a chief, senior, and junior resident. These residents and the rotating students are integral to the care of the patients of both the Baylor Academic attendings and the voluntary private practice faculty. Rotating students will have a chance to scrub with both the Baylor attendings and the voluntary faculty and participate in a wide variety of cases including epilepsy, vascular, tumor and complex spine. Students will also have the chance to work in the endovascular lab and observe these procedures.
Veteran Affairs Medical Center
The Neurosurgery service at the VA is one of the busiest VA services in the nation serving multiple states. It is primarily run by the residents under the supervision of Dr. Ehni, the chief of Neurosurgery at the VA. The resident team consists of a fifth year resident and a junior resident. Cases are biased towards spine, including cervical and lumbar decompression, discectomy, and fusion. However, there are plenty of cranial cases including functional, epilepsy, tumor and vascular. Rotating students will be intimately involved in the day to day activity of the small team with significant interaction with Dr. Ehni, particularly during the weekly clinic. The team operates three days out of the week.
For questions, please contact the Education Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or at the address below.
Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine
1709 Dryden, Suite 750
Houston, Texas, USA 77030
Phone: 713-798-5421 Fax: 713-798-3739