Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair

Medical Students Interested in Neurosurgery

Sub-Internship Rotations

USF uses the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to process visiting student applications. Please visit the Office of the Registrar's page for more information regarding Morsani College of Medicine's Application Requirements for VSAS. *When searching for the neurosurgery elective, please be sure you the institutional name is 'USF - Morsani'.

Please note, completion of a sub-internship rotation is encouraged, but not a requirement to match with our program. We understand that you can only complete so many rotations in your fourth year. We will give every applicant full consideration, regardless of whether he/she completed a sub-internship with our program. By the same token, completion of a sub-internship does not automatically secure an invitation to interview down the road. Please continue reading to review changes to external rotations for the 2020-21 AY. 

Important information regarding External Rotations for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Due to the ongoing issues and challenges related to COVID19, USF Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair will be adhering to following guidelines outlined by the Society of Neurological Surgeons regarding external rotations for the 2020-21 Academic Year (as of April 29th, 2020):

External rotations require travel, which increases potential spread of disease. Additionally, given differing levels of disease impact in different regions, many institutions are not allowing medical students to rotate in or out during the months of May-Sept, when external rotations would usually occur. This disadvantages many students and programs who would not be able to participate in these external rotations. In order to minimize disease spread, to minimize financial burden, and to ensure the most equitable experience for all students and all programs during this pandemic, the following recommendations have been issued by the leadership of the specialty of neurological surgery:

1. All external medical student rotations in neurological surgery will be deferred in 2020.

2. Given the importance of the applicant experience in neurological surgery prior to committing to a career path, each student should have at least 8 weeks (2 rotations) of neurological surgery experience at their home institution.

a. For students without a home program, they should have 8 weeks (2 rotations) of neurological surgery experience at the closest ACGME accredited program, in order to minimize travel and keep within regional disease demographics. Applicants who fall into this category should submit their applications through VSAS.

3. Letters of recommendation should come from the student’s home institution, including atleast two (2) from neurosurgical faculty and one (1) from general surgery leadership (i.e.program director or clerkship director).

We encourage all students planning to apply to the Neurological Surgery Residency at University of South Florida in the fall of 2020 to work with your home institutions to ensure you are preparing for these changes to the letters of recommendation required in ERAS.

What to Expect During Your Rotation

Neurosurgery Residency is a seven-year commitment to a program and a city. We want to take this time to give you a true sense of what it means to be a member of our residency program here at USF. Sub-interns are given an opportunity to work alongside our residents and faculty members at our primary teaching site, Tampa General Hospital(TGH). Students will participant in every aspect of the residency program including neurosurgical inpatient care, participate in the in-house call schedule, surgical cases, and outpatient care at our South Tampa Campus, located directly across from TGH. Additionally, students will join our Department for weekly didactic sessions, including Grand Rounds held Friday mornings.

Schedules permitting, we will make every effort to schedule a formal time during your visit for you to meet with Program Director Mark S. Greenberg, M.D., and Department Chair, Harry van Loveren, MD. We also encourage you to proactively approach our faculty and residents throughout your visit - be engaged, be inquisitive, and be yourself! 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding MSIV rotations, please feel free to email Kelly Thompson, Residency Program Administrator for additional information.