We welcome applications to our Diversity Sub-internship Program to support experiences of students historically underrepresented in academic neurosurgery. Accepted students will complete a four-week sub-internship at Washington University between July and October.

Program support for participants includes a $2,000 stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees, and incidental expenses while in St. Louis.

We are deeply committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where everyone is welcomed, respected and supported. By bringing together individuals from varying backgrounds, experiences and areas of expertise, we benefit from a collective wealth of knowledge and ideas. It is this diversity that allows us to develop richer solutions to complex scientific and clinical challenges and to train culturally sensitive clinicians and scientists. It is also this diversity that enables us to provide the best care to our diverse community of patients.

About the program

The Diversity Sub-Internship Program is designed to give students with a diverse background the experience of rotating as a neurosurgical sub-intern at Washington University in St. Louis Department of Neurosurgery.

The fourth-year medical student will participate in:

  • Patient work-ups
  • Pre-, intra- and post-operative care
  • Diagnostic procedures

Students will also scrub in cases with senior level and chief residents, assist with neurosurgical procedures and observe the more critical portions of these procedures. It is expected that they will learn how to perform basic neurosurgical procedures such as lumbar punctures, ICP monitor placement, and ventricular drain placement.

Fourth-year medical students are encouraged to participate in Grand Rounds, Neurosurgery Resident Curriculum conference, and Journal Club with the neurosurgery residents. At least one day/week is spent in an outpatient neurosurgery office setting. Students will be expected to take overnight call. A week spent on the pediatric service at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is a component of this fourth-year elective.

Who should apply

We welcome applications from those traditionally disadvantaged, underrepresented or inadequately supported in the health profession including

  • African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Pacific Islander.
  • Sexual and gender minorities such as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender nonconforming, queer/questioning, or intersex.
  • Students whose pathway to medical training includes substantial personal or financial adversity.

The criteria under which the application is submitted need not be explicitly stated nor do these represent mutually exclusive categories. The sub-internship is four weeks in duration and will only be offered between July and October. Sub-internships must align with the Washington University MD Program schedule for fourth-year electives.

Application requirements

Students should apply to VSAS prior to, or at the time of, their application to this program. Therefore, students must be enrolled in their final year of medical school in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited medical school, and have completed all required core clerkships. Students will be accepted into clinical rotations only if space is available during the preferred time period. In addition, all students must meet requirements set forth by the Washington University School of Medicine for all visiting students.

Deadline to apply:

June 1, 2021

  • Completed application to the Fourth-year Sub-internship (VSAS)
  • A statement of interest (500-word limit) describing your interest in and path to academic neurosurgery
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE scores
  • A recent unofficial medical school transcript
How to submit:

All application materials (except for VSAS application) should be sent via email to zoschgk@wustl.edu by June 1, 2021.

Decisions will be made by June 15, 2021.


If you have any questions, please contact the Neurosurgery Education Coordinator:

Kayla Zoschg

Neurosurgery Education Coordinator