The neurosurgical residency training program of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers an experience appropriate for both the academic and the general practice of neurological surgery.
All patients are located in one modern medical center, and both private and service patients form a unified service. A complete spectrum of neurosurgical diseases can be studied and generous operating experience is offered to residents at all stages of training.
The American Board of Neurological Surgery has authorized the Neurosurgery Program to match two residents per year. The addition of more residents affords more flexibility for elective rotations or research time depending on each resident’s preference. We will graduate two chief residents in 2010 for the first time in the program’s history.
The PGY-1 year is now an integral part of the neurosurgery experience with up to 6 months dedicated to neurosurgery and its related subspecialties. Further details regarding rotations during each year can be found below in the clinical rotations outline.
The chief year is completed in the sixth year.
Clinical training is highlighted with teaching conference weekly, journal club monthly and weekly teaching rounds. Each house officer completes a laboratory course in microneurosurgery and a review coarse for the written board exam. Funded opportunities to attend national meetings are readily available when presenting research. Every Tuesday afternoon a neurosurgical clinic is held in which resident physicians participate in all aspects of outpatient evaluation and management. Wednesday mornings feature open case discussion with Dr. David L. Kelly, Jr. M.D., Wake Forest University’s Neurosurgery Chair Emeritus.
A close relationship is maintained between the Department of Neurosurgery and the Departments or Sections of Neuropathology, Pediatrics, Neurology, Neuroradiology, and Oncology. Combined conferences are held on Tuesdays in Neuropathology and Neuroradiology.
Prospective resident applicants are interviewed by the entire faculty and resident staff. Emphasis is placed upon the interview process, and prospective candidates are carefully evaluated and selected. The current resident cohort is comprised of individuals from many different backgrounds with a variety of clinical and academic interests.
The opportunity to work with a committed faculty and well-qualified, cohesive resident staff creates a challenging and rewarding experience for the neurosurgical resident. Three neurosurgical nurse clinicians are employed to assist the residents and staff with ward duties. In addition, there are five physician extenders who specialize in outpatient care to enhance the resident experience.