Neurosurgery PGY-6

This is a dedicated research year; residents during this year of training participate in clinical duties or activities only when required for coverage for their peers’ vacation or academic meetings.

Patient Care:

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Understand indications for and interpret the meaning of routine and complex laboratory studies and imaging
  • Counsel patients on the risks, goals, limits, and alternatives to most neurosurgical procedures

Medical Knowledge:

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Perform above the 50th percentile level of the ABNS primary examination
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology related to inpatient and outpatient neurosurgical care
  • Demonstrate an advanced familiarity with the neurosurgical literature
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and synthesize hypotheses regarding basic scientific investigations

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an ongoing and improving ability to learn from errors
  • Demonstrate a high capacity for work and intensity in a basic science research environment
  • Develop problem-solving skills that can be used to design, implement, analyze, and report basic science research that is relevant to the clinical arena
  • Establish sound research and research-related problem-solving habits, including the establishment of familiarity with relevant research literature
  • Become an integral component of a research team
  • Learn significant features of outcomes research and clinical epidemiology

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with all members of the research team
  • Utilize communication and interpersonal skills to effectively participate in and lead research projects
  • Communicate research results effectively and persuasively through written and oral presentations
  • Present a summary of the resident's activities in clinical or basic research at the end of the year during a dedicated institution of neurosurgical research forum


The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to academic and scientific integrity through participation in Department-sponsored educational forums on basic and clinical research
  • Participate meaningfully in ongoing professional development by submitting research for peer review to journals and national meetings

System-Based Practice:

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of practice opportunities, practice types, health care delivery systems, and medical economics