The GNI strives to inspire the next generation of spine specialists through a range of educational programming. Dr. Jenkins is passionate about spreading his enthusiasm for medicine and neurosurgery by talking to students ranging from middle schoolers to medical students. Dr. Jenkins welcomes students to shadow him to learn first hand about life as a Neurosurgeon.
Summer Internship Program
Dr. Jenkins sponsors 2-4 college or medical students for 8-12 weeks during the summer so they can do research, shadow Dr. Jenkins, and learn more about medicine in general and spinal surgery specifically.
Past Intern Highlight - Douglas Russ
“I was an intern with Dr. Jenkins the summer after my freshman year at Penn (Summer 2014). In addition to the incredible experience of observing surgeries in the OR and shadowing Dr. Jenkins on rounds and inpatient office hours, I worked on a retrospective clinical research project where I analyzed patient data in order to identify clinical indicators that predict a pseudoarthrosis, the failure of a spinal fusion procedure.
This year I am working as a medical scribe for a hematologist-oncologist in New York City, where I am able to further deepen and explore my present interest in oncology. My summer under Dr. Jenkins’ mentorship was my first exposure to medicine and is what launched me on my path to become a physician. I am excited to say that I will officially be starting medical school in the fall of 2019, and I have Dr. Jenkins to thank for truly helping me get there!”
Donations help provide students with the funds to live in New York City throughout their internship experience.