Residency Program

Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in the Alpert Medical School (AMS) / Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) Residency Program in Neurosurgery.

Since 1986, the Alpert Medical School/Rhode Island Hospital Neurosurgery Residency Program has prepared residents for a successful career in neurosurgery. This supportive and well-structured program, which has been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), helps residents develop advanced clinical skills through hands-on experience with a full spectrum of neurologic diseases and treatments.

As part of the only Level 1 Trauma Center in southern New England, residents receive training in a wide range of neurological procedures, including cerebrovascular surgery, endovascular neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, spinal surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery, and stereotactic neurosurgery. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach to patient care to provide the best outcomes for our patients, which ensures residents will work in cooperation with many other services, including neurology, neuroradiology, oncology, orthopedics, emergency medicine and pathology.

During this rigorous 7-year program, residents are given the tools to develop their clinical expertise, professional judgment, diagnostic acumen, surgical technique, and interpersonal skills that are all key to their future success. At the beginning of each year, the Program Director reviews the specific written goals and individualized objectives established for each resident, based on preparing each resident for their chosen career path. Individual resident progress toward those goals is carefully assessed through semiannual faculty and group evaluations.

Residents and faculty within the Neurosurgery Department conduct research in the dedicated neurosurgery research facilities at Rhode Island Hospital or on the Brown University main campus. Brown University has an internationally respected neuroscience research program, with robust neurosurgery-specific research that crosses many disciplines. Residents are encouraged to get involved in research early in their training to optimize their productivity during the dedicated research year.

Residents receive guidance and mentorship from a team of dedicated faculty across subspecialties. These faculty members engage in didactic teaching as well as training residents in the operating room and outpatient clinics. Our goal is to prepare residents for successful careers as compassionate, thoughtful, and technically skilled leaders in the field of neurosurgery.

With best wishes,
Curtis Doberstein, M.D.

The Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D. Fund

The Melvyn M. Gelch, MD Fund for Advanced Training of Neurosurgical Residents at Rhode Island Hospital (“The Melvyn M. Gelch, MD Fund”) was launched in September 2006 by Mrs. Joan Gelch to honor the late Melvyn Gelch, MD. Dr. Gelch was the residency program director and a longtime department faculty member. This endowment fund serves to create an annual program to provide neurosurgical residents with intensive training in state-of-the-art advances in neurosurgery, an area Dr. Gelch felt was of vital import.

The Melvyn M. Gelch, MD Fund will offer senior Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School neurosurgical residents the opportunity to receive one or two weeks per year of advanced, specialized training in neurosurgery at a distinguished institution or specified location.

Depending upon the resident’s area of interest, the recipient can choose to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in areas such as pediatric neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, movement disorder surgery, neurovascular surgery, spinal instrumentation, neuroendoscopy or stereotactic surgery at distinguished institutions such as the Institute of Neurology at Queen Square, University of London, the department of neurosurgery at Stanford University, CyberKnife training at Accuray, or training in neurosurgery in a third-world country.