Medical Students

Medical Student Education

Dear Students,

Although it may seem premature to contemplate life after medical school so early in your medical school training, time moves quickly and it is never too soon to start thinking about how you plan to spend the rest of your professional life.

We are writing to introduce you to the field of Neurological Surgery as a possible career. Neurosurgery, the youngest of the surgical subspecialties, is an extremely sophisticated, highly demanding, constantly changing but richly rewarding discipline concerned with the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of disorders of the nervous system: the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Presently, job opportunities in Neurosurgery are wide open.

If you would like to learn more about Neurosurgery, here are some suggestions:

  • Visit the Neurosurgery Department and introduce yourself to the faculty
  • Consider doing an elective rotation in Neurosurgery
  • Meet and shadow the Neurosurgery Residents and Attendings
  • Explore the Neurosurgery Laboratory and consider becoming involved in a research project or working in the lab over the summer
  • Check out the website, SO YOU WANT TO BE A NEUROSURGEON
    This was created by the organization, Women in Neurosurgery, as a guide for both men and women considering neurosurgery as a career choice. It provides a wealth of information as well as useful links to other sites.
  • Have a look at the website,, which has a medical student link.

We hope you will find these suggestions helpful and we wish you the best of luck in choosing your career.


The USF Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair,

Harry R. van Loveren, M.D.
David W. Cahill Professor and Chair
Fernando L. Vale, M.D.
Professor, Vice Chair, Program Director
Naomi Abel, M.D.
Associate Professor
Siviero Agazzi, M.D., MBA
Armen Deukmedjian, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Thomas Freeman, M.D.
Sarah Gaskill, M.D.
Associate Professor
Mark Greenberg, M.D.
Associate Professor
Arthur Marlin, M.D.
Maxim Mokin, M.D., PhD
Assistant Professor
Raul Olivera, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Zeguang Ren, M.D., PhD
Assistant Professor
Donald Smith, M.D.
Associate Professor
Juan Uribe, M.D.
Associate Professor
Rohit Vasan, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair offers the following externship courses:

  • BCC 8122 - Surgical Aspects of Neurological Disease: this course offers a concentrated experience in the diagnosis and management of neurosurgical illness and active participation in the radiological, clinical, and teaching rounds.
  • MEL 7320V - Externship in Neurosurgery: The student is directly involved in the patient care, management and treatment of neurosurgical disorders, diseases and various other conditions.
  • MEL 7881 - Neurosurgical Research: (USF Students only) The student will be exposed to a variety of techniques currently used in neuroscience research.
  • MEL 9999V - Independent Study in Neurosurgery: (USF Students only) Individually focused neurosurgical study based on student interests under the mentorship of the department program director.

To review the course descriptions and registration information contact Marissa Cook, Registrar for the USF College of Medicine at