Program Details


The PGY-1 year consists of three months of General Surgery that include Trauma Intensive Care, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Trauma and  Surgical Elective.  Residents also spend three months in Neurocritical Care/ICU, three months in Neurosurgery, and three months in neuroscience elective rotations.

» See PGY1 Goals and Objectives


At this level the resident is exposed to clinical neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital.  During this year residents learn the principles of patient care and initial skills in clinical operative neurosurgery.  Principles and procedures of neuro-intensive care are also mastered. 

» See PGY-2 Goals and Objectives


Residents are on the neurosurgery service this year. 

The PGY 3 resident attends the RUNN (Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons) course at Woods Hole Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons.

» See PGY-3 Goals and Objectives


This year consists of specialty rotations in neuropathology, advanced neuroradiology, radiosurgery and interventional neuroradiology. 

Neuropathology is a three-month rotation, during which the resident is responsible for examining intraoperative surgical frozen sections, participating in brain cuttings, autopsies and daily sign-out of neuropathology cases. 

A three-month neuroradiology rotation, incorporating a dedicated endovascular experience is completed complementing the general neuroradiology rotation in the PGY1 year. Residents learn the interpretation of radiological examinations such as MRI, CT scans, myelography and cerebral/spinal angiograpy. 

The Stereotactic Radiosurgery rotation is a three-month rotation during which the resident learns the principles of stereotactic radiosurgery and, under supervision, performs therapeutic procedures. 

Three months of dedicated Interventional Neuroradiology rotation is completed under the supervision of the interventional radiologists.  The fundamentals of patient history, examination and work-up for interventional procedures are taught in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. 

» See PGY-4 Goals and Objectives


In this year the resident pursues his/her research interests.  It is expected that most residents will develop solid clinical or laboratory research skills at either the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University or Rhode Island Hospital.  Residents in year 5 are encouraged to attend the Chicago Review Course in Neurological Surgery™. Residents are expected to pass the ABNS (American Board of Neurological Surgeons) written exam for credit in this year. 

» See PGY-5 Goals and Objectives


This resident has increased clinical responsibility and increased operating room opportunity.  The senior resident is administratively responsible for the outpatient neurosurgery resident clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. The resident is joined by 3rd, 4th and 5th year residents, who are all supervised by neurosurgery faculty.  The PGY-6 mentors and teaches outpatient management in the clinic, as well as surgical and inpatient management to the junior residents and medical students.

This year the resident attends the AANS (American Association of Neurological Surgeons) Annual Meeting.

» See PGY-6 Goals and Objectives


The final year of residency marks the transition from mentored resident to independent neurosurgeon. At this time, residents assume independent operative responsibility, under faculty supervision, along with administrative responsibility. The chief residents supervise the entire inpatient neurosurgical care program at Rhode Island Hospital.

It is expected that by the end of this year the resident will have developed into a clear-thinking, mature neurosurgeon who has an inquisitive mind, excellent clinical skills, and is capable of handling most, if not all, adult and childhood neurological surgery in a competent and compassionate manner.

This year the resident attends the CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons) Annual Meeting.

» See PGY-7 Goals and Objectives

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