Graduate Medical Education (GME): Neurological Surgery Residency

Residency Program Director: John D. Heiss, M.D.

Overview
The Surgical Neurology Branch of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers and innovative 7-year, ACGME-accredited Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program in Collaboration with the University of Virginia. The program is open to medical school graduates.

The primary goal and objective of the neurological surgery residency program is to be a model for training outstanding clinical neurosurgeons with unparalleled experience and expertise in laboratory and clinical research, equipping them to become academic leaders in neurosurgery. Based on a research curriculum, the program is designed to provide its trainees with a systematic learning experience that provides them with neurosurgical and research knowledge and skills and prepares them to be outstanding clinicians and independent researchers upon graduation.

Program Structure

Year July to December January to June
PGY-1 General Neurosurgery and
Neurotrauma
- University of Virginia (6 months)
General Surgery- University of Virginia (1 month)
Neuro-ophthalmology- University of Virginia (1 month)
Neuroradiology- University of Virginia (1 month)
Neurology- University of Virginia (3 months)
PGY-2 Spine Rotation- University of Virginia (4 months)
Vascular Rotation- University of Virginia (2 months)
Stereotactic/Functional Neurosurgery- University of Virginia (2 months)
Pediatric Neurosurgery and Pituitary- University of Virginia
Neuro-Oncology Rotation- University of Virginia (2 months)
PGY-3 Pediatric Neurosurgery Rotation- University of Virginia (2 months)
Spine Rotation- University of Virginia (2 months)
Vascular Rotation- University of Virginia
Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)
PGY-4 Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time) Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)
PGY-5 Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time) Clinical Rotation- National Institutes of Health (10% Research Time; 90% Clinical Time)
PGY-6 Senior Clinical Rotation- National Institutes of Health (10% Research Time; 90% Clinical Time) Senior Clinical Rotation- National Institutes of Health (10% Research Time; 90%Clinical Time)
PGY-7 Chief Resident- University of Virginia Chief Resident- University of Virginia

Application Information
Applicants should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) by November 30 for appointments beginning the following July. One position is open for appointment each year. The department specifically selects residents with demonstrated interest in and aptitude for careers in academic neurosurgery. After review of completed applications, qualified candidates will be invited to meet our staff and residents.



Program Contact

NIH Neurological Surgery Residency Program
Kaitlyn Benson
Neurosurgery Program Coordinator
Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH
10 Center Drive, Room 3D20 MSC 1414
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-1414
Email: Kaitlyn.benson@nih.gov
Phone: (301) 496-9460
Fax: (301) 402-0380

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