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Neurosurgery Residency

Residents and Faculty 2016

Wake Forest Baptist Hospital - Top Ranked Academic Medical Center in North Carolina and #37 Nationally for Neurology/Neurosurgery by US News and World Report 2017

The Neurological Surgery residency program of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers trainees a substantive and varied experience in all the subspecialties encompassed within Neurosurgery, including pediatrics, spine, oncology, interventional and open vascular, skull base, functional, epilepsy, peripheral nerve, and radiosurgery. We achieve this via a high volume of cases and direct, hands-on operative involvement, supplemented by weekly didactic conferences, a cadaveric curriculum and semi-annual visiting professorships. Our goal is to provide residents with a well-rounded education in Neurosurgery and the Neurosciences in an environment that offers the opportunity for graduated independence neurosurgical technique, neurosurgical decision making, and foster the advancement of our field through scientific inquiry and application. At the completion of their training, residents will have attained a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that will allow them to pursue academic, research or private practice opportunities.   


The residency is a 7 year program that matches 2 residents per year via the NRMP. The entirety of the residency training process takes place at one facility, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, which consists of an 850-bed teaching hospital including the 150 bed Brenner Children's Hospital, integrated rehabilitation facility, and a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The facility is the largest medical center in North Carolina, serving a population of 2 million with a catchment area that includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


The PGY-1 year is an integral part of the Neurosurgical experience with 6 months dedicated to Neurosurgery, 5 months dedicated to related surgical subspecialties and Neurointensive care, and 1 month of Neurology. The chief year is completed in the seventh year. Further details regarding rotations during each year can be found in the clinical rotations section.


Clinical training is augmented with weekly didactic operative grand rounds, monthly journal club, monthly neurovascular, neurooncology, neuroradiology, neuropathology and neurointensive care conferences, and monthly morbidity and mortality conference. Additionally, spinal and cranial cadaveric dissection courses take place every month in our skull base laboratory. Course topics include surgical skull base approaches, the practice of microneurosurgery, and neural and vascular microsurgical anastomoses. We also have 2-day cranial and spine cadaveric courses every year, as well as semi-annual visiting professorships in cranial and spinal neurosurgery. 


Funded opportunities to attend national meetings are provided when presenting research and highly encouraged. The department funds attendance at one national Neurosurgical conference during the PGY-2 or 3 years in order to promote involvement in organized Neurosurgery at the national level.  Further details may be found in the research section.


Every Tuesday afternoon a Resident continuity clinic is held in which resident physicians participate in all aspects of outpatient evaluation and management under the supervision of an attending faculty member. Cases are scheduled and performed by residents on patients evaluated through the resident clinic. Additional outpatient experience is attained via participation in faculty clinics during a senior outpatient rotation, in order to augment clinical judgment in preparation for practice. Further information may be found in the clinical overview section.


The opportunity to work with a supportive faculty committed to resident education, advancement, and achievement in all aspects of Neurosurgical practice in a busy, high volume regional referral center with a highly-qualified, cohesive resident staff creates a richly rewarding experience for Neurosurgical residents at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 



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