We welcome medical students from other institutions to experience neurosurgery at UAB. For those interested in applying for a residency position, a 1 month “acting internship” is strongly encouraged. UAB Neurosurgery participates in the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) program.

Each 4 week rotation is composed of 1 week assignments to the tumor, vascular, spine and pediatric services. Students are expected to fully participate in the service, including morning “pre-rounds,” conferences, OR, clinics, and other didactic activities. Students are on-call six times per month, including two weekends. While on-call, students are expected to perform a history and physical exam, present cases during rounds, and assist in the operating room. Finally, students are asked to prepare one 10 minute presentation to be given at the end of the rotation, during an afternoon conference (Mondays and Thursdays).

Prerequisites for an externship include: [1] enrollment in an accredited medical school (MD or DO), [2] final year of training at home institution, [3] administrative approval from home institution, [4] a prior neurosurgical rotation at your home institution, and [5] application via the VSAS program. Additionally, interested students are asked to contact Kristen Riley, MD at koriley@uabmc.edu directly, 4-6 months in advance of the planned start date.

Due to limitation of resources, visiting student rotations are restricted to students and graduates of U.S. medical schools. 

Finally, if accepted to participate in an externship, students should contact the chief resident 1-2 weeks in advance of the start date to discuss and plan your rotation. We look forward to working with students to provide an optimal educational experience.