This elective description may be found under EL Pathology Neuropathology Elective on the Pathology page.

The goals of this experience are to works as a team, develop clinical skills, patient management strategies, in-depth understanding of patients assigned, fundamental operative skills and be able to articulate differential diagnosis and treatment options for faculty and residents. This sub-internship is designed to give the student maximum opportunity to see inpatients and outpatients with neurosurgical problems and to have a correlation with neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropathology. A major portion of the time will be patient care oriented with specific subject-oriented assignments in the basic neurological sciences. Students are expected to round with their team, follow their patients, participate in operative cases, and present at teaching conferences. Students are strictly limited to PGY 1 Duty Hours, as required by YSM.

This subinternship is required for Yale School of Medicine students planning to enter the match for neurosurgery and is strongly recommended prior to outside sub-internship experiences.

Students from U.S. Medical Schools are encouraged to join us for a sub-internship experience at Yale as well. The restaurants are world class, the residents are team oriented and the faculty is supportive and approachable. The Elective Coordinator will interface with students and YSM to facilitate applications and schedules.  Further information is available at

Length of Rotation:
4 weeks (maximum-4 students)

Scheduling Restriction:
 Sub-I is on a full-time basis with hours to be arranged

Student's Class Level:
3rd, 4th, 5th year


Accept Visiting Students:

Learning Objectives:
  1. History skills. Gather the important information that is needed for the Neurosurgery history and complete a history in the medical record for at least 2 patients.
  2. Physical examination skills. Complete a pertinent physical examination for the evaluation of back pain, neck pain, and headache due to SAH and altered mental status (or coma) due to space occupying intracranial lesion. The student should demonstrate the ability to perform this pertinent physical examination while being observed by at least one attending or resident.
  3. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common neurosurgery conditions and their basic management.
  4. Attitude: Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Neurosurgery care team, patients and families.
  5. Career/context: Know the training/career pathway for neurosurgery attending.