Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair

Medical Students Interested in Neurosurgery

We are happy to hear you are interested in a career in Neurosurgery! It is a highly competitive path, paved with many challenges, but the end result is a career that is immensely rewarding, and for most people neurosurgery is a true calling. 

For medical students who are entering their fourth year of medical school, we strongly encourage you to use this time to visit with as many programs as possible. There are currently 106 programs throughout the United States, and each program is unique in its leadership, direction, mission and goals. Visiting programs is an excellent way to not only determine where you might want to continue on to residency training, but it will also help you to identify your own interests, values and goals, both personally and professionally. 

Sub-Internship Rotations

If you are seriously considering completing your residency training at USF, we strongly encourage you to spend some time with us as part of a sub-internship during your forth year of medical school. Sub-internships are an excellent way for you to get to know our faculty, our residents, and our program here in Tampa, Florida. 

USF uses the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to accept visiting student applications. The VSAS window to apply for a rotation with Neurosurgery will open May 1st, 2018. Please visit the Office of the Registrar's page for more information regarding Morsani College of Medicine's Application Requirements for VSAS. 

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.

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 Fernando Vale, MD, 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 specific questions, or are in need of assistance, please reach out to our Residency Program Coordinator, Kelly Thompson via email,