Medical Student Neurosurgery Subinternship

Program Director: Murat Gunel, MD 
Associate Program Director, Michael DiLuna, MD

Offered to and highly encouraged for any senior medical student interested in pursuing neurosurgical residency training to become a neurosurgeon, the Neurosurgery Subinternship provides an invaluable experience in understanding the great privilege and demands of being a neurosurgeon. The Yale Neurosurgery Sub-Internship is required for all Yale medical students who wish to match in any Neurosurgery Residency Program. The Yale Subinternship allows medical students to vastly extend their breadth of knowledge of neurological diseases and how they are managed both surgically and non-surgically. Moreover, it provides both Yale and non-Yale medical students firsthand insight into what makes our Department and Residency Program one of the best in the nation. Simply put, our residents receive comprehensive training which allows them to graduate as competent and capable neurosurgeons. 

We are proud of the unparalleled history in our Department; dating back to the days of Dr. Harvey Cushing, spanning through the time when Dr. William Collins successfully spearheaded Neurosurgery from a Section of Surgery into its own Department and the successful tenure of Drs. Dennis Spencer and Charles Duncan as Chair and Program Director, respectively. With this serving as a strong foundation, our new leadership has continued to expand the Department and Residency Program in significant ways in a relatively short time. More specifically, we have doubled our clinical faculty to 20 full-time neurosurgeons, who now provide coverage beyond New Haven, with a presence at seven hospitals throughout the state of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Our case volume has more than doubled in the last two years and consists of a wide range of surgical cases. Equally important, our Department continues to rank among the top three most heavily NIH-funded neurosurgical departments in the country. Our residents continue to receive clinical and research awards and the nearly all recent graduates have gone on to take highly competitive fellowships or academic positions. 

Subinterns spend a total of 4 weeks on service and become immersed in our day-to-day service, functioning essentially as a supervised intern, working closely with our cohesive group of mid–level providers, residents and attendings in the inpatient, outpatient and operating room settings. Sub-interns are expected to participate in the evaluation and management of assigned patients, pre-round with writing of ICU notes, make rounds with our teams, attend clinics, assist in ICU procedures and surgeries, as well as attend academic conferences. Sub-interns are expected to present their scholarly work at one of our academic conferences. Subinternship hours never exceed 80 hours/week with a maximum of 16 hour-shifts, as required by the Yale School of Medicine. 

Our service is a busy one and subinterns will have a wide range of surgical and clinical experiences upon their completion. Examples of surgeries frequently encountered on our service include: aneurysm surgery with craniotomy or endovascular coiling or stenting, carotid endarterectomy, pediatric skull and spine reconstruction and repairs, brain tumor surgery, including awake craniotomy, epilepsy surgery, transnasal surgery, deep brain stimulation and spine surgery, including minimally invasive and deformity correction surgery. We strongly encourage students to take on as much involvement with our patients as both feel comfortable with and our faculty and staff welcome questions and are dedicated to teaching.

How To Apply- Yale Medical Students

The Yale Neurosurgery Subinternship is required for all Yale medical students who wish to match in any Neurosurgery Residency Program. Our subinternship is popular amongst students and so we encourage early application, but will accommodate all Yale medical students. 

Our Neurosurgery coordinators can provide additional information and help facilitate this process. We take subinterns any time of the year, but the months of May-September are of particularly high demand so we recommend applying early and at least 60 days in advance of your intended start date. 

Any senior medical students interested in the Yale Neurosurgery Subinternship please contact: 

Chelsea Gubbins
Michelle Nocereto 

Associate Program Director: 
Michael DiLuna, MD

How To Apply- Non-Yale Medical Students

We are fortunate in that a large cohort of Yale medical students develop an interest in Neurosurgery and apply for training each year. Thus our subinternship is very popular amongst internal students, as well as visiting ones, and so we highly encourage applying early. We welcome subinterns any time of the year, but the months of May-September are of particularly high demand. 

If interested, please notify our Coordinators (listed below) as soon as possible and ideally in February of the calendar year you wish to rotate. This will preliminarily secure a spot. 

All non-Yale medical students (i.e. students from US LCME accredited allopathic medical schools other than Yale) who wish to perform a Neurosurgery Subinternship need to submit an application through the Yale School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs using VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, which can be found through VSAS applications must be at least 60 days in advance of your intended start date. 

Please note the Yale School of Medicine does not accept VSAS applications until mid May. That is why it is important to email our Coordinators directly first. 

To apply for the Yale Neurosurgery Subinternship, please follow these steps: 

1. First directly contact our Neurosurgery Subinternship Coordinators to express your interest and desired dates, along with our Associate Program Director: 

- Chelsea Gubbins
- Michelle Nocereto

Associate Program Director:
- Michael DiLuna, MD 

2. Complete and submit a VSAS application. As per Yale School of Medicine policy, this opens April 1 for viewing, mid-May for submission. Rest assured, our coordinators will have already begun scheduling. Please note: Applications must arrive no later than two months (60 days) prior to the start date of the desired rotation and so the earliest rotation date for a non-Yale medical student will be August of the calendar year. 

3. All subinternships are processed through the Yale School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and are handled by a specialized coordinator: 
- Lorraine Roseman, Yale VSAS Coordinator, Yale School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs, 203-737-4625. 

Please feel free to contact our Coordinators or Associate Program Director throughout the process. 
We are dedicated to training the best and the brightest to become leaders in Neurosurgery. We sincerely look forward to your rotation!

Subinternship Eligibility

  • Students must be in good standing in medical school at a US LCME accredited allopathic institution. 
  • Students must have completed all core clinical clerkships before beginning the clinical elective program.
  • Yale does not provide basic clerkships, only electives. 
  • Yale does not offer observerships/externships.
  • Students must be in their final year of medical studies in order to participate in the elective program. 
  • U.S. citizens attending international medical schools are not eligible for the Visiting Student Elective Program. Naturalized citizens or green-card holders are eligible.