Medical Student Clerkship

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to accommodate medical students for one month clerkships. Rotating students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in neurosurgical cases in the OR, and provide hands-on clinical care in the ICU under resident and faculty supervision. Participation in patient rounds and daily conferences is included.

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (UIC COM) accepts visiting students from LCME-approved, osteopathic, and affiliated international institutions.  Students must have completed the prerequisite core clerkships prior to starting their elective.

To get more information about our M4 Electives for UIC Students or Visiting Students, please visit the Office of Student Affairs at the following URL


Program Contact:

Avis Foster, Residency Coordinator
Department of Neurosurgery (M/C 799)
University of Illinois at Chicago
912 South Wood Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-4842
Fax: 312-996-9018

Below taken from the Undergraduate Medical Education website:

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed the M3 Core Clerkship in Surgery.

COMPETENCIES: Upon completion of the Neurosurgery elective students will:
• Be able to perform an accurate neurological examination;
• Be able to recognize and initiate management of neurological emergencies;
• Understand the basic disease processes in neurosurgery and, to some degree, neurology;
• Become familiar with a wide spectrum of systemic disease processes and be involved with their treatment;
• Learn about critical care management of patients and related bedside techniques.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: The Neurosurgery elective will provide the student with an outstanding clinical experience in a wide spectrum of disease entities not only involving the central and peripheral nervous systems but involving the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, GI, respiratory, and other systems. There will be intensive care unit experience that will utilize the student’s basic knowledge of the basic sciences. Students will learn as much from this rotation as they are willing to contribute. This is a rotation for those who are interested in gaining a large experience in clinical medicine by being involved in an active clinical service and becoming an integral and participating member.


Program Number: ELEC 694
Location: UICMC
Program Director: Fady T. Charbel, M.D.
Coordinator: Avis Foster
Telephone: 312-996-4842
Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: Q5
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 4
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 20
Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
Outpatient: 4
Inpatient: 40
Total Hours /Week: 64