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Medical Student MISSION Fellowship

Medical students interested in neurosurgery as a career are urged to apply for the 2022 Medical Student MISSION Fellowship. MISSION stands for Medical Student in Organized Neurosurgery. To be eligible, you must graduate in 2024 or later.

The two-year fellowship allows a North American medical student to attend and participate on subcommittees under the direction of assigned AANS 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 and CV. The $1000 annual award will be given for the Fellow to travel to the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

The application may be accessed by logging in to and selecting My Applications – Medical Student Fellowship. For questions, contact

Applications will be accepted for the 2022 MISSION fellowship from September 15, 2021 through December 1, 2021

Year Awardee Medical School Research Project
2014 Daniel Lubelski Case Western Reserve Improving Medical Student Recruitment to Neurosurgery
2015 Michael J. Strong Tulane University Medical Student Recruitment to Neurosurgery
2016 Nancy Abu-Bonsrah Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Global Neurosurgery
2017 Joseph R. Linzey University of Michigan The Young Neurosurgeons Committee: The Training Ground for the Future Leaders in Organized Neurosurgery
2018 Prateek Agarwal University of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting Involvement and Research Productivity of AANS Medical Student Chapters
2019 Sakibul Huq Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Recruiting Medical Students to Neurosurgery Through the Gross Anatomy Lab
2020 Neil Almeida George Washington University School of Medicine Utilizing Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to Optimize Basic Science Education in Gross Anatomy and Stimulate Student Interest in Neurosurgery
2021 Andrew Wang UCLA Standardizing Virtual Neurosurgical Training and Improving Diversity in Neurosurgery Recruitment.
2022 Adi Mittal University of Pittsburgh Creating standardized teaching materials and a course outline for a neurosurgery elective course that can be shared with other institutions, enabling residents to practice their teaching skills and improve neurosurgical recruitment of medical students.