The Department of Neurosurgery fosters enthusiasm for Neurosurgery among medical students throughout their medical education. We act as a resource, preparing students for neurosurgical training through exposure to clinical rotations, sub-internships, and neuroscience research.

Clerkships, Electives, and Sub-Internships

The Department of Neurosurgery offers a clerkship in Neurosurgery for third-year University of Maryland medical students as well as an elective in Neurotrauma and a Sub-Internship in Neurosurgery for fourth-year medical students and visiting medical students. Visiting medical students interested in gaining exposure to neurosurgery and to the University of Maryland program are encouraged to apply via the AAMC’s Visiting Students Learning Opportunities (VSLO) portal beginning in March.

Research Opportunities

Annually, the Department of Neurosurgery offers the University of Maryland Trauma Neurosurgery Research Fellowship for a US medical student or medical graduate. The fellowship honors the memory of Dr. Charles Bagley Jr., the founder of the neurosurgery service at the University of Maryland. Having trained with Dr. Harvey Cushing, Dr. Bagley promoted scholarship for the improvement of neurosurgical patient care.

In the same spirit, the Trauma Neurosurgery Research Fellow engages in clinical research in the Department with the goal of producing scholarly work to ultimately improve patient care. The Fellow uses data derived from the robust trauma neurosurgery practice at the University of Maryland to answer clinical inquiries of interest to him/her and also assists in existing projects led by residents and attendings. The Fellow can work with multiple faculty and residents based on interest and can initiate personal projects as well. In addition to trauma, access to clinical data is available in the busy specialties of neurocritical care, open and endovascular neurosurgery, functional and epilepsy neurosurgery, and spine surgery. Travel and accommodations will be covered for accepted presentations at national neurosurgery conferences.

The Fellowship is designed as an immersive experience for candidates interested in pursuing neurosurgical residency. Outside of research-related duties, the Fellow has the opportunity to observe clinical activities within the Department, including didactic conferences, patient rounds, and OR cases. The Fellow is not responsible for any clinical duties. If applying for residency, in neurosurgery or another specialty, letters of recommendation can be provided.

Learn more on eligibility and how to apply for the 2022-2023 Trauma Neurosurgery Research Fellowship.