Neurosurgery Residency Curriculum

Neurosurgery Residency Length

This program is seven years in length.

PGY-1 includes:

  • 1 month of clinical neurosurgery
  • 3 months of clinical neuroscience
  • 2 months of pediatric neurosurgery
  • 4 months of neuro critical care
  • 2 months general surgery

Residency Program Includes:

  • 36 months of clinical neurosurgery
  • 24 months of clinical or basic science research in an area of interest
  • Neurology, Neuropathology and Neuroradiology rotations
  • 12 months of Chief Residency

Each level of training has its own set of competencies that a resident is expected to master under the tutelage of the faculty.  As he/she masters these skills and at the discretion of the faculty, a resident is granted greater independence in the routine care of patients, who at all times, remain responsible for all aspects of the care of patients. The program is also designed to graduate neurosurgeons that are skilled in every area of Neurosurgical clinical practice, including cranial neurosurgery, spine, and pediatrics.  There are four services on which a resident receives training during his/her clinical Neurosurgical rotations prior to the Chief Residency:

  • Tumor / Functional
  • Spine
  • Cerebrovascular / Critical Care (ICU)
  • Pediatrics
Resident Rotation Schedule
PGY 1 (Intern)
  • Clinical neurosurgery - 1 month
  • Clinical neuroscience - 3 months
  • BCH - 2 months
  • NICU - 4 months
  • General surgery - 2 months
PGY 2 (Junior)
  • BWH- 8 months
  • BCH- 4 months
  • Resident Clinic (BWH)PGY 3 (Intermediate)
  • BWH - 10 months
  • BCH - 2 months
  • Resident Clinic (BWH)

PGY 4 (Research)

  • Research
  • Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy Lab Instructor
  • RUNN Course
  • Journal Club

PGY 5 (Research)

  • Research
  • Skull Base Dissection Lab

PGY 6 (Senior)

  • BCH - 6 months
  • BWH - 6 months (direct NICU)
  • Resident Curriculum Conference
  • Grand Rounds/Visiting Professor

PGY 7 (Chief)

  • BWH - 12 months
Core Competency Curriculum (ACGME requirements)

Residents must obtain competence in 6 areas; program must define the specific knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes required and provide educational experiences as needed in order for their residents to demonstrate these six competencies.

Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care, and cognate (e.g., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals.

Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

Systems-Based Practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.

Educational Activities Grid (ACGME Core Competency)
 
Patient Care
Medical Knowledge
PBL
Interpersonal Skills
Professionalism
SBP
Operating Room

X

X

 

X

X

X

ICU Rounds

X

X

 

X

X

X

Family Meetings

 

 

 

X

X

 

Clinic

X

X

 

X

X

X

Grand Rounds – Prof.

 

 

 

 

X

X

Grand Rounds - CPC

X

X

X

 

 

X

Grand Rounds - controversies/research

 

X

X

 

 

 

M and M

 

 

X

 

 

 

Conferences

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

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