July 29, 2013
New Neurosurgery Residency Added to SIU School of Medicine
The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is now offering a seven-year residency in neurosurgery starting with the residency match in 2014. It has received initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Medical school graduates interested in neurosurgery will focus on the branch of surgery dealing with the brain, spine and nerves and be eligible for board certification in neurosurgery upon completion.
“There is a nationwide shortage of neurosurgeons,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cozzens, professor and chair of the Division of Neurosurgery and program director of the new residency program. “Neurosurgeons are a critical piece to any Level I trauma center, including the Southern Illinois Trauma Center. We look forward to collaborating with all of our community neuroscience partners to make the best possible experience.”
Several area physicians including neuroendovascular physicians, pathologists and radiologists, as well as neurosurgeons and neurologists, will be involved in the guidance and education of the residents. This includes full neurosurgical clinical services including trauma, vascular conditions, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, movement disorders, spinal surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. The residents also will be exposed to neurosurgery research and the latest technology.
Neurosurgery is the 17th residency program offered by SIU School of Medicine. Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu and its main number is 217-545-8000.