For Medical Students

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers opportunities for both home and visiting medical students. By receiving exposure to neurosurgery early on in their medical school training, students will learn the basics of the field while building and strengthening their residency applications and, ultimately, carving out their career paths.

Medical Student Sub-Internships

The Department of Neurosurgery offers a one-month sub-internship for fourth-year medical students intending on applying to neurosurgery residency. Our program provides intense exposure to a wide breadth of neurosurgical diseases and conditions, with visiting students delving into the challenging experience and working alongside our residents throughout the summer.

The Mount Sinai Neurosurgery Sub-I Program, which takes place at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai West, and NYC Health+Hospitals/Elmhurst, is designed to enhance clinical knowledge and basic neurosurgical skills for visiting medical students, while providing intense exposure to neurological diseases and central nervous system pathology.

As a sub-intern, students will:

  • Interact with and learn from our diverse and dynamic academic neurosurgical faculty and resident team
  • Participate in inpatient clinical care with exposure to our clinical services across the health system, including caring for neuro patients in intensive care units and wards
  • Engage in teaching conferences with faculty and residents that are specifically for student rotators
  • Participate in departmental working conferences
  • Operate with residents and faculty
  • Attend weekly clinic and rounds with faculty
  • Get involved in research projects they can continue after their rotation

At this time, our sub-internship program can only accept students from medical schools within the United States.

For additional information and to apply, interested students may send their CV to with the subject line 'Neurosurgery Sub-Internship Application.' Those accepted will be asked to complete a formal application on VSLO/VSAS.

For additional information, contact

Mount Sinai Medical Students

Students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have opportunities to work closely with our neurosurgery faculty and residents throughout their medical school training. From as early as year one, students can participate in research projects with our faculty, who are regularly conducting groundbreaking basic, clinical, and translational research. Under the guidance of their faculty mentors, students can then submit their research abstracts for presentation at national neurosurgical conferences, as well as at the Department of Neurosurgery’s Annual Research Day.

Stipends are available for students to spend a full year employed by the department to focus solely on research. Known as the Scholarly Research Year, this competitive opportunity allows one student per year to dive head on into the world of academic neurosurgery to bolster their research portfolios.

Clinical rotations in neurosurgery are available prior to the fourth-year sub-internship for all students. This can be completed as part of the core surgery rotation, or as a tailored elective precepted by a neurosurgery faculty member. In addition, students have designed their own electives to fit their interests, either in further study of neuroanatomy, or in specific clinical sub-specialties such as functional neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery.

Throughout the entire four years of medical school, students can network with fellow students interested in pursuing careers in neurosurgery through the Neurosurgery Interest Group, which holds events throughout the academic year to further expose students to the field. The group arranges regular faculty and resident panels, lunch events, and more.

For additional information about opportunities within the department of Neurosurgery, both clinical and research, please contact Peter Morgenstern, MD, Director of Medical Student Education, at