Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in resident education, and especially in education of residents in the surgical specialties. SIU has developed innovative techniques for evaluation of each resident’s progress and developing skills in the six ACGME identified competencies. The Neurosurgery Residency program is designed to allow thorough training in the art and science of Neurosurgery. This training not only 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Cozzens Professor and Division Chair of Neurosurgery talks about the importance of resident education and his experience as an educator at SIU School of Medicine.
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 conduct an investigation in 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. In Springfield, the cost of living is low and most residents own their own homes. It is a great place to start and raise a family. On the other hand, when desired, there is easy access to Chicago (3 hours by car) or St. Louis (90 minutes by car). There are also 5 Amtrak trains every day to these cities.