Information for Medical Students

Dear Extern Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the department of neurosurgery at the University of Colorado. We look forward to your time with us and make it our priority to provide you with the best experience possible. The application, due dates, fees, etc. for the externship can be found at the student affairs externship webpage. Please contact the Student Affairs office with any questions regarding the application process. Each extern will rotate on the neurosurgery service at the University Hospital (2 weeks), Denver Health (1 week) and Denver Children's Hospital (1 week). The expectations for each extern will be explained upon arrival by the chief resident on service at the time. In general, our externs are expected to pre-round on patients in the neuro ICU and present them to the team, observe/take part in neurosurgical procedures during the day, take call at night occasionally, take part in our weekly conferences and give a 15-20 minute presentation on a neurosurgical topic of choice. The call schedule is decided upon by the chief resident. The goal of the externship is for the student to get to know our faculty, residents and staff in order to determine if they are a good fit with the team. While an externship is not required to be considered for a neurosurgical residency position at Colorado, it is highly encouraged. Please contact Jennifer Hasenbalg, Education Coordinator at (303) 724-8963 with any questions regarding the specific rotation.

The NSIG (Neurological Surgery Interest Group) is a student-run group devoted to fostering the personal and professional development of medical students interested in neurosurgery.