Medical Students

The University of Michigan Department of Neurosurgery is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, research, and medical education. We have multiple opportunities for medical students who wish to learn more about neurological surgery and the nervous system. Jason Heth, M.D. serves as the Medical Student Clerkship Director and Connie McGovern serves as the Medical Student Coordinator.

FOURTH-YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

UM M4s can register for a four-week rotation through the Office of Student Programs, pending approval from the Neurosurgery Medical Student Director.

FOURTH-YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM OTHER U.S. MEDICAL SCHOOLS

M4s from other medical schools who are interested in a four-week rotation on the Neurosurgery Service must first contact Ms. Connie McGovern (medical student coordinator) at 734-936-5017 for more information. Applications are processed through VSAS after a spot has been reserved through our coordinator.

THIRD-YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

For M3s, we offer an elective one week surgical rotation on the Neurosurgery Service during their M3 General Surgery rotation through the Office of Student Programs.

FIRST- AND SECOND-YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS

M1s and M2s from UM or other U.S. medical schools interested in gaining experience on the Neurosurgery service should contact Jason Heth, M.D., at jheth@med.umich.edu for more information. Please keep in mind that there are limited opportunities for shadowing during these years.

NEUROSURGERY INTEREST GROUP

M1s and M2s who wish to explore a potential career in neurosurgery are encouraged to participate in the University of Michigan Neurosurgery Interest Group. This group coordinates a series of talks with our neurosurgical faculty on life as a neurosurgeon.  There are also sessions with recent medical school graduates who are in their early years as neurosurgery residents.  This session provides useful insights and tips about deciding to pursue a career in neurosurgery.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

CLINICAL:

  • Spine
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurovascular

BASIC SCIENCE:

  • Brain Tumors
  • Stroke and cerebral edema
  • Spine biomechanics and tumors

OTHER:

  • Assist in development of medical student educational programs with the Clerkship Director
  • Assist in tumor bank management