Medical Student Education

When you train with our faculty, we’ll augment your understanding of neurosurgery, providing you with essential knowledge that you’ll tap throughout your career.

Whether you are a medical student at the Jacobs School or a student from another institution, you are invited to spend time with us to become exposed to the field of neurosurgery through research projects, clinical rotations, along with clinical and operative shadowing experiences.

Medical students at the Jacobs School are welcome to visit our department to learn more about the field of neurosurgery. The following opportunities are available:

  • Clinical and/or operative shadowing experiences
  • Mentor-sponsored research projects
  • Summer internships

All branches of modern neurosurgery, including vascular surgery and pediatric neurosurgery, are practiced in the University-affiliated hospitals.

The teaching of undergraduate students emphasizes the recognition of the most common injuries and illnesses of the central nervous system with an elaboration of the appropriate diagnostic workup and the subsequent surgical procedures. Teaching is carried out in each of the affiliated hospitals (Buffalo General Medical Center, Oishei Children’s Hospital, Erie County Medical Center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center).

There are a number of active research laboratories in the department, including endovascular, tumor biology, and movement disorders. Opportunities for clinical research exist as well.

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The neurosurgical curriculum for medical students is based on the curriculum recommended by the Congress of Neurosurgeons.
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The group meets quarterly each year to offer students who are interested in the neurosciences a better understanding of this field.
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Medical students who rotate through our service often like to become involved in research projects within the department.
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We welcome students from outside medical schools to spend a four-week rotation at our program.