The Neurosurgery Residency program is designed to allow thorough training in the art and science of Neurosurgery. This training involves skills obtained in the operating room but also in the clinic and in the laboratory. The laboratory includes not only work in the SIU Surgical Skills Lab using animal and anatomic models but also includes opportunities for research in basic neurosciences.
Residents will be assigned a faculty “mentor” who will help guide the resident throughout their residency years. Each resident in the PGY-2 through PGY-7 year is expected to investigate a clinical or basic science research topic and report on this topic at a yearly Neurosurgery Research Conference in June. Because this is a new program, the first few residents will have a unique operative experience. When on Neurosurgery they will have their pick of every neurosurgical case at SIU.