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Medical Student MISSION Fellowship

Medical students interested in neurosurgery as a career are urged to apply for the Medical Student in Organized Neurosurgery (MISSION) Fellowship. The two-year fellowship allows a North American medical student to attend and participate on subcommittees under the direction of assigned AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC) mentors. Applicants will propose a research topic that addresses a system/practice issue. The completed project will be presented as an abstract at the spring YNC meeting at the completion of the fellowship.

Selection of the Medical Student MISSION Fellow will be based on essay, CV and medical school dean’s approval. The $1,000 annual award will be given for the Fellow to travel to the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

The application period for the 2019 Mission Fellowship is now closed. Please visit this site periodically in 2019 for updates and information regarding the call for 2020 Mission Fellowship applications. For questions, contact Kristin Zerfas at 847-378-0500 or

Year Fellow
2019 Hakibul Huq, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
2018 Prateek Agarwal, University of Pennsylvania
2017 Joseph R. Linzey, University of Michigan
2016 Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
2015 Michael J. Strong, Tulane University
2014 Daniel Lubelski, Case Western Reserve

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