CNS/CSNS Medical Student Summer Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 CNS/CSNS Medical Student Fellow, Remi A. Kessler!   

Ms. Kessler is a second-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York. With this fellowship, she will execute a national analysis of patients in the first-year post spinal cord injury to elucidate the socioeconomic and clinical factors that drive rehospitalizations during this period. Ms. Kessler will use this fellowship to design interventions across the continuum of care to prevent or reduce unnecessary healthcare use, thereby improving the provision of high-quality and high-value care in a time of healthcare reform.


The CNS/CSNS Medical Student Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research is meant to assist a medical student conducting research on a socioeconomic issue impacting neurosurgical practice. This fellowship award is sponsored by the Council of State Neurological Societies.

The fellowship is open to all medical students in the United States or Canada.  The fellow will spend 8 to 10 weeks conducting supervised research on a socioeconomic topic of importance to neurosurgery.

Eligible Expenses
Financial support is exclusively for stipend support to the student.

The fellow must submit a final report to the Fellowship Committee by December 1, following completion of the summer fellowship. Any publications resulting from supported research must acknowledge the support.

Award Amount: $2,500

Selection Criteria: Fellowship applications will be judged on:

  1. Originality of proposed project.
  2. Significance to neurosurgery of project.
  3. Feasibility of project completion.
  4. Applicant’s qualifications.
  5. Mentor’s qualifications.
  6. Institutional resources.

Application Requirements:

  1. Complete the online CNS Medical Student Summer Fellowship Application form.
  2. Include applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  3. Include proposed mentor’s curriculum vitae.
  4. Attach two letters of support.
  5. Attach a headshot photograph.

The 2018-2019 Fellowship application deadline has passed. 



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