Training in Neurosciences


Neurology and neurosurgery share the same clinical space, intensive care units, and, in many cases, the same patients, hence, neurology and neurosurgery residents and attending are continually interacting. Residents spend 3 to 6 months on the neurology service; 3 months of which is now a part of the PGY 1 year. The neurology services has a several day introductory lectures series with both neurology and neurosurgery attendings as faculty. Neurosurgery junior residents attend this course. Goals and objectives in neurology follow the Resident Curriculum Guidelines from the Education Committee, as do the other topics in residency education. The complete listing for all topics is provided in the current Resident Handbook with the overall goal to understand the neurologic examination, diagnostic neurologic testing, neurologic diseases and their treatment. Resident are encouraged to spend further time in neurology at more advanced levels


Neuropathology is a part of several multidisciplinary neurosurgery conferences each week. A neuropathology lecture series is a regular part of the conference schedule in neurosurgery. Clinical neuropathology cases are presented each week and residents do a one month rotation in neuropathology. Additionally, residents attend the AFIP short course.


Anatomic principals of neurosurgery are regularly discussed in neurosurgery conferences. Several lectures are held each year on Neuroanatomy and residents in the laboratory are both teachers and students in the Medical School's neuroanatomy course (Neurobiology 500b). Both the faculty and the residents participate in the Gross Anatomy Course for first year students.


Neurophysiology is the topic of several lectures each year for the residents. The majority of the neurosurgery research faculty have a primary interest in neurophysiology, hence, many residents engage in neurophysiological research. Additionally, the subject is the topic of many seminars in the department. While on neurology residents have an intensive experience in electrophysiology.


Neuroradiology is a part of several multidisciplinary neurosurgery conferences each week. Didactic neuroradiology lectures are held several times each year and most residents do a one month rotation in neuroradiology during the PGY 1 year. Currently, interventional neuroradiology is a critical component of the weekly neurovascular conference and is offered as an elective rotation.