Medical Students


Whether you are a University at Buffalo medical student or a medical student visiting from an outside institution, we thank you for showing interest in our neurosurgery program and hope that you find this website helpful. As you can see from perusing this website, the University of Buffalo Department of Neurosurgery is a nationally recognized, comprehensive, state-of-the-art conglomeration of neurosurgeons working as faculty within the University at Buffalo to train the neurosurgeons of the next millennium. Whether you are a medical student at the University at Buffalo or a student from another institution, you are invited to spend time with us to become exposed to the field of neurosurgery through research projects, clinical rotations, along with clinical and operative shadowing experiences.

The aim of the Department of Neurosurgery is to provide state-of-the-art care to patients with neurosurgical disorders in an academic and teaching environment.  All branches of modern neurosurgery, including vascular surgery and pediatric neurosurgery, are practiced in the University-affiliated hospitals.  The teaching of undergraduate students emphasizes the recognition of the most common injuries and illnesses of the central nervous system with an elaboration of the appropriate diagnostic workup and the subsequent surgical procedures.  The postgraduate education consists of a fully approved seven year neurosurgical residency.  Teaching is carried out in each of the affiliated hospitals (Buffalo General Medical Center, gates Vascular Institute, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Erie County Medical Center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center).

There are a number of active research laboratories in the Department, including endovascular, tumor biology, and movement disorders. Opportunities for clinical research exist as well.

If you are interested in learning more about the field of neurosurgery and the educational experiences that UBNS has to offer, please see the opportunities listed below:

  • UBNS Neurosurgical Interest Group (NSIG)
  • UBNS Medical Student Opportunities
  • Medical Student Courses Offered through University at Buffalo
  • SUR-800 Surgical Specialties
  • NSR-800 Subinternship in Neurosurgery
  • NSR-801 Neurosurgical Specialties
  • NSR-890 Course at other University
  • NSR-950 Research in Neurosurgery
  • Visiting Medical Student Opportunities (VSAS)
  • Medical Student Curriculum
  • General Skills Topics
  • Intracranial Disease Topics
  • Spinal Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disease
  • Other Common Neurosurgical Problems
  • Visiting Medical Student Information
  • Lodging
  • Medical Student Websites
  • Research Opportunities for Medical Students

UBNS Neurosurgical Interest Group (NSIG)

As the name implies, the UBNS NSIG consists of a group of students interested in neurosurgery.

The NSIG meets quarterly each year to offer students who are interested in the neurosciences a better understanding of this field. Medical students or undergraduate students interested in neurosurgery are encouraged to attend.The meetings consist of an informal gathering of students and our neurosurgeons offering Q&A opportunities pertaining to the field of neurosurgery, specifically the training and the daily routine of neurosurgeons. Discussions regarding various neurosurgery opportunities for students who are interested in choosing neurosurgery as their career path will also be held. Different sub-specialties within neurosurgery will be highlighted and students will be given the opportunity to learn more about these enriching opportunities in such a rapidly advancing field.

The next NSIG meeting will be held:

Date TBD
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
955 Main St.
Room 1225
Buffalo, NY 14203

Dinner will be provided.

Please pass along this unique opportunity to your fellow students and friends. We hope to see you there. If you have any questions regarding the UBNS NSIG, please contact Alexander Neary at aneary@buffalo.edu, or Kyungduk Rho at kyungduk@buffalo.edu.


UBNS Medical Student Opportunities

1st through 4th years

Medical students at the University at Buffalo are welcome to visit our department to learn more about the field of neurosurgery. The following opportunities are available:

  • Clinical and/or operative shadowing experiences
  • Mentor-sponsored research projects

*Please contact Jennifer Keller for more information at jkeller@ubns.com.


Medical Student Courses Offered through University at Buffalo

SUR-800 SURGICAL SPECIALTIES
3rd or 4th year medical student.

This module in surgical specialties includes experience in both hospital and clinic based surgery.  The clerkship is 4 weeks in length and includes two different 2-week rotations in the choices of Anesthesiology, ENT, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, or Urology.  The goal of this experience is to prepare the learner for the practice of medicine by offering an experience in the scientific basis of surgical practice and exposure to a range of surgical specialties.  In this course, the learner will increase their working knowledge of the clinical practice of surgery and surgical subspecialties.  The learner will be able to apply this knowledge to the patient’s complaints and design therapeutic plan.

Direct patient contact is through participation in hospital rounds, clinical practice, office practice and participation in seminars.  At the onset of the course, each student is provided with a course syllabus describing the objectives and expectations (Goals Statements).  Small numbers of students are assigned to the surgical specialty services.   The students are expected to attend the surgical conferences at the hospital to which they are assigned.   They are expected to reach and master any assigned texts and handouts.

The Student Evaluation and Education Committee assigns the grade according to the academic status policies of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Grades for the clerkship are based on completion of defined goals and clinical evaluations. 

NSR-800 SUBINTERNSHIP IN NEUROSURGERY
4th year medical student.

The purpose of this rotation is to give medical students who are interested in entering the field of Neurosurgery an opportunity to become a part of the Neurosurgical team, functioning as a “subintern” on the Neurosurgical service.  The goal of this subinternship is to familiarize the students with clinical entities of the central nervous system and peripheral nerves that are amenable to surgical treatment.  The program includes participation in the clinical activities of the neurosurgical services: evaluation of patients,  neurodiagnostics, and surgical operations.  During this rotation, students become an integral part of the neurosurgical service managing patients as a “subintern” under the direct supervision of the attendings and senior neurosurgical residents.

Upon completion of the subinternship, the students should be able to recognize standard neurosurgical disease entities; to differentiate between those diseases of the central nervous system that can be treated surgically and those that should be treated by conservative measures; and to recognize signs of increased intracranial pressure, their causes, and potential complications.  In addition, the students should be able to develop a sequence of appropriate diagnostic studies leading to a correct diagnosis and be familiar with the basic setup of a neurosurgical operating room and with the basic aspects of a craniotomy, laminectomy, and peripheral nerve exploration.

The students will be expected to present patient histories and physicals, examine patients, and interpret radiographic imaging.  They will attend to patients in the clinic setting, Emergency room, operative suites, the NICU, and the wards.  The students will be invited to all clinical conferences, journal clubs, and seminars. Outside reading throughout the subinternship is required.  Subinterns are required to prepare a presentation and present it during the Neurosurgical Grand Rounds.

NSR-801 SURGICAL SPECIALTIES
3rd or 4th year medical students.

This module in surgical specialties includes experience in both hospital and clinic based surgery. The clerkship is 4 weeks in length and includes two different 2-week rotations in the choices of Anesthesiology, ENT, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, or Urology. The goal of this experience is to prepare the learner for the practice of medicine by offering an experience in the scientific basis of surgical practice and exposure to a range of surgical specialties. In this course, the learner will increase their working knowledge of the clinical practice of surgery and surgical subspecialties. The learner will be able to apply this knowledge to the patient’s complaints and design therapeutic plan.

Direct patient contact is through participation in hospital rounds, clinical practice, office practice and participation in seminars. At the onset of the course, each student is provided with a course syllabus describing the objectives and expectations. Small numbers of students are assigned to the surgical specialty services. The students are expected to attend the surgical conferences at the hospital to which they are assigned. They are expected to reach and master any assigned texts and handouts. The Student Evaluation and Education Committee assigns the grade according to the academic status policies of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Grades for the clerkship are based on completion of defined goals and clinical evaluations.

NSR-890 COURSE AT OTHER UNIVERSITY
4th year medical student; 4 credits, Modules A-L

University at Buffalo medical students interested in entering the field of neurosurgery may wish to perform a neurosurgical sub-internship at an outside facility. This rotation is arranged through the University of Buffalo Neurosurgical Department with the outside Neurosurgical Department. 

NSR-950 RESEARCH IN NEUROSURGERY
4th year medical student or permission from Office of Medical Education Instructor; 4 credits

Students may work with a faculty member on a research project either clinical or laboratory based. This elective must be set up in advance so that the student can be paired with an appropriate faculty mentor.  Please contact Jennifer Keller jkeller@ubns.com at 716-218-1000 x5124 if you are interested.

**IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CONTACTED ONE WEEK PRIOR TO ARRIVAL FOR YOUR ROTATION, PLEASE CONTACT JENNIFER KELLER (SEE ABOVE) FOR YOUR INSTRUCTIONS AND SCHEDULE**

Visiting Medical Student Sub-internship in Neurosurgery at UBNS
1st through 4th years

Visiting allopathic or osteopathic students from other university programs within the United States are welcome to apply to take fourth-year clinical electives or sub-internships at UBNS via the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).

The VSAS is an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) application designed for medical students to apply for senior electives at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals. To apply for an elective via VSAS, please go tohttps://services.aamc.org/20/vsas/. This opportunity is administered and overseen by the Office of Medical Education (OME). 716-829-2802.

Jennifer Keller (jkeller@ubns.com; 716-218-1000 x5124) is the UBNS Coordinator of Medical Student Rotations and will be notified of your VSAS application status through the OME. If you have any questions or need further assistance setting up your rotation, please feel free to contact her as well.

** According to the University at Buffalo Policy, International Medical Graduate (IMG’s) are not able to do clerkships, sub-internships, or rotations through any University-affiliated department. 


Medical Student Curriculum

The Neurosurgical Curriculum for medical students is based on the curriculum recommended by the Congress of Neurosurgeons. Please see the Congress of Neurosurgery’s website for full information.http://w3.cns.org/education/medStudCur/index2.asp


Visiting Medical Student Information

Please see the following links for neurosurgical website you may find helpful:


Lodging

If you are not from Buffalo and need lodging during your rotation, please contact these locations for student housing at reduced rates (cost is around $30/night; some even less).

Hostel Buffalo
667 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203 (walking distance is 3/4 mile to the Buffalo medical campus)
Phone: 716-852-2222
www.hostelbuffalo.com

Moreland Guest House (B&B) – Buffalo
110 Moreland Street, 
Buffalo, NY 14206 (4.5 miles from the Buffalo medical campus)
Phone: 716-893-1419, 
Alternate Phone: 1–866–568-6673
Email: innkeeper@morelandguesthouse.com
www.morelandguesthouse.com

HostelWorld.com/Buffalo
This sitarists Hostel Buffalo along with a few other hotels that have been converted to hostels.
hostelworld.com/buffalo

DoubleTree Hilton
125 High Street, Buffalo NY  14203
(across the street from Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and Gates Vascular Institute GVI)
Phone: 716-845-0112
www.doubletree.hilton.com/Buffalo


Research Opportunities for Medical Students

Medical students who rotate through our service often like to become involved in research projects within the department. In order for any researcher to publish or become authors within the department, certain certifications will need to be completed. Listed below are the websites required for you to become certified/ registered, as per the University.

  • Any research project that you will be a key personnel on will require the following:
    www.citiprogram.org
  • Register as new user, and complete the “Human Subjects Research” basic course
    www.irbnet.org

Register as new user to obtain username and password

If you plan on submitting a research study you will need to include certain documents and a protocol to myself for submission, the documents that are required for the IRB when you want to submit a study can be found at the link below. Please note that no form can be turned in hand-written, and all must be filled out electronically. All of these forms can be found online at research.buffalo.edu.

Instructions to navigate this website are listed here: www.research.buffalo.edu

Click on section #6 titled “Research Subject Protection”, then select “Health Sciences IRB”. This new webpage will have a green box on the right hand side titled “HSIRB Quick Links” Here you will find links to many of the documents you will need, including:

  • Guidelines/requirements
  • Informed consent process/requirements
  • Forms/templates
  • New/initial Submissions

Please contact Jennifer Gay, CCRP/Administrative Research Coordinator via email: jgay@ubns.com or phone: 716-888-4811 to discuss opportunities or interest you may have within the research department.

Thank you for your interest!