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Neurosurgery Residency Program

Program Description

PGY-1: Internship supervised by the division of neurosurgery with rotations in trauma surgery, epilepsy, neuro-oncology, neurointerventional surgery, neurocritical care, and neurosurgery.

PGY-2 through PGY-4: Clinical Neurosurgery, MUSC Medical Center; Clinical Neurosurgery, VA Medical Center

PGY-5: Clinical Neurosurgery, MUSC Medical Center (Junior Chief Resident)

PGY-6: Research Year

PGY-7: Clinical Neurosurgery, MUSC Medical Center (Senior Chief Resident, Administrative Chief)


Detailed Descriptions

The First Year (PGY 1)
The internship is supervised by the division of Neurosurgery.  Approximately half of the year is devoted to various surgical rotations with neurosurgery, neurointerventional surgery and trauma surgery. The remaining time will be devoted to elective rotations in neuroradiology, neuro critical care, neuropathology, neuroopthomology and three months of neurology (mandatory).

The Second through Fourth Year (PGY-2 through PGY-4)
During these years, the resident obtains a comprehensive introduction to clinical neurosurgery and related disciplines at the Medical University Hospital, the MUSC Children’s Hospital, and the VA Hospital. The resident will have a broad exposure to all facets of neurosurgical care in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The resident will gain progressively increasing clinical responsibility in the operating room, the hospital and the outpatient settings. Additionally, the resident will have full exposure to inpatient and outpatient management of a broad range of neurosurgical problems. There is also a progressive increase in the teaching responsibilities for medical students and other residents.

The Fifth Year (PGY 5)
The fifth year resident serves as the junior chief resident at the Medical University Hospital and the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The large clinical service at these hospitals is divided between the two chief residents. During the year, the resident will rotate between the services at regular intervals.  The resident will be involved in all levels of inpatient and outpatient clinical care, with increasing responsibility based on the individual’s experience and ability.

The Sixth Year (PGY 6)
The sixth year is devoted to research, with a broad range of basic and clinical science projects available through the Department of Neurosciences and throughout the MUSC Medical Center. Neurosurgery integration within the Neurosciences Department facilitates collaborations with basic science researchers in numerous areas of study. Guidance and mentoring are provided to optimize the individual resident’s experience.

The Seventh Year (PGY-7)
The seventh year resident serves are the senior chief resident at the Medical University Hospital and the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The large clinical service at these hospitals is divided between the two chief residents. During the year, the resident will rotate between the services at regular intervals.  The resident will be involved in all levels of inpatient and outpatient clinical care, with increasing responsibility based on the individual’s experience and ability.  In addition, the senior resident will have additional administrative duties including: the organization of clinical neurosurgery conferences, call schedules, etc.

 
 
 

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