Department of Neurological Surgery

Residency Education

The Mission of the Vanderbilt University Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program is to train competent, compassionate, proficient, and expert neurosurgeons capable of independently pursuing the neurosurgical career of their choice. It is intended that each graduating resident become expert in at least one subspecialty discipline of Neurosurgery, and to strongly consider applying his/her expertise to a teaching, research, academic, and/or subspecialty career upon completion of the program. It is also of paramount importance to this program that residents have sufficient time to maintain and enjoy a personal life.
The Residency Training Program is seven years in length (including the PGY-1 year). Each year the Department of Neurological Surgery matches with three residents from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We feel very strongly about the ethics of the Matching Program and do not, in any way, attempt to recruit residency applicants outside the Matching Program.

PGY-1 residents rotate for four months on Neurosurgery, three months on Neurology, two months on Neurointensive Care, one month on Trauma, one month on Emergency Medicine, and one month on General Surgery. Each PGY-2 resident spends four months on each of the Vanderbilt Adult Services of Spine, Tumor, and Vascular/Functional. The PGY-3 year is spent with four months on the Pediatric Neurosurgery Service at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, four months at the Veterans Administration Hospital, and four months floating on the Adult Neurosurgery VUMC Service. The PGY-4 and PGY-5 years of the residency are individually tailored to meet the needs of each resident. This time may be spent doing basic or clinical research. Further clinical training rotations or “Infolded Fellowships”, in an area of interest to the resident, may also be arranged during this period. Upon returning to the clinical service the PGY-6 and PGY-7 residents rotate on the three Vanderbilt Adult Services as Senior and Chief residents, respectively.

There is a gradual assumption of increasing responsibility and authority during the 7 years of Residency with a strong emphasis on hands-on training. This is supplemented by conferences and didactic teaching. Residents must pass the Primary Examination of the American Boards of Neurological Surgeons prior to becoming Chief Resident. Graduates from our program are well placed to pursue successful careers in academic or private practice and ultimately become leaders in Neurological Surgery.

For information about the Residency Program in Neurological Surgery contact:
Pamela Lane
Phone: (615) 343-2452
Email:  pamela.lane@vanderbilt.edu

Department of Neurological Surgery
T-4224 Medical Center North
1161 21st Avenue South
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 37232-2380


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