Neurological Surgery

Residency Program

The Neurological Surgery residency at IU School of Medicine is a competitive seven-year program that accepts two or three residents each year, in alternating years, and provides opportunities to experience clinical practice and gain patient care experience as well as exposure to basic science research. The ACGME-accredited program was established in 1949 to educate the next generation of expert neurosurgeons.

Upon completing the residency program, all graduates have passed the oral board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) and are able to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate to neurological conditions—independently and competently. The teaching and research experiences gained through the residency program further enhance academic and clinical proficiencies.

Clinical Experience with Expert Guidance

Neurological Surgery residency training at IU School of Medicine is extensive and aimed at producing future global leaders in this complex field of medicine. Under the guidance of the department’s surgeon educators, residents in this program are responsible for the care of adults and children with neurological surgery problems, including epilepsy surgery, frame and frameless stereotactic surgery, functional neurosurgery, gamma knife radiosurgery, intracranial and carotid vascular surgery, neuroendoscopy, neuro-oncology, Level 1 cranial and spinal neurotrauma, skull base surgery, and spinal instrumentation and [GS1] peripheral nerve surgery.

Program Progression

The course of training for Neurological Surgery residents begins with a categorical neurosurgery year that includes two months of critical care, one month of neuroradiology, one month of neuropathology, one month of neuro-anesthesia, and seven months of neurosurgery. Beginning with the second year of residency and extending through the fifth year, resident physicians rotate through the Neurological Surgery units at IU Health Methodist, Eskenazi Health, and IU Riley Hospital for Children and have a protected laboratory rotation. In the final two years of the seven-year program, residents serve as Chief Resident or Senior Assistant Resident at IU Health Methodist Hospital or Roudebush VA Hospital. Residents take the board exam every year for assessment and must pass before completing the program.

Additional Resident Training

Industry training for residents includes weekly education conferences in neuroradiology, neuropathology, neuro-oncology, stroke, combined neurosciences, Board preparation, case presentations, and Modern Medical Issues. Monthly conferences include morbidity and mortality, journal club, and spine club. Residents also receive training in all core competencies.

Residents participate in monthly neuroscience Grand Rounds, which include the departments of Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Each resident is expected to make one Grand Round presentation and publish one research paper each year of program participation.