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Neurosurgery Residency Program


Clinical activities are carried out at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) campus. The Medical University Hospital, MUSC Children's Hospital and the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center are the geographically united center for neurological surgery training.

The Neurosurgery Residency Program provides an intensive clinical neurosurgery experience for residents from general surgery, neurology, orthopaedics, oral surgery and other services. Under the close supervision of neurosurgery residents and attending staff, these physicians may spend one to three months on the service.

The MUSC Neurosurgery Residency Program has the following distinctions:

Conducive academic environment:
The Neurosurgery division provides learning in an encouraging environment.  Neurosurgery faculty are widely recognized as experts in their field, and regularly participate as teachers in regional and national instructional courses for other neurosurgeons.  The close working relationship in the Department of Neurosciences is evident in the multidisciplinary conferences.  The comprehensive cerebrovascular, neuro-oncology, neurotrauma, epilepsy and spine conferences attract experts from neurosurgery, stroke neurology, emergency medicine, neuro-critical care, neuro-oncology, trauma surgery, surgical critical care, epilepsy and orthopedics.

Vast clinical operative experience:Neurosurgery residency 
We perform over three thousand neurosurgical procedures every year at the MUSC and Ralph H. Johnson VA medical center operation facilities.  The endovascular program at MUSC is among the busiest in the southeast with close to one thousand procedures annually
. The disease pathology and operative experience spans the full spectrum of neurosurgical subspecialties - cerebrovascular (open and endovascular), tumor (surgical and radiosurgery), functional & epilepsy, trauma, peripheral nerve and spine surgery.  The daily census on the neurosurgery service runs between fifty to seventy patients.  For the details of operative experience please refer to the operative statistics section.

Excellent research opportunities:
MUSC neurosurgery faculty is involved with investigations on a variety of neurosurgical disorders. Faculty members also regularly publish original research reports, and edit and author chapters in textbooks that are used as references by neurosurgeons throughout the world. We are currently participating in several randomized controlled trials (Mistie, IMS-III, C-III, Neuro-Oncology, Spine trials and TBI).   Besides the collaboration with the Division of Research, the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery provides excellent opportunities for bench research including the Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering program. The Department of Neurosciences also ranks among the top in NIH funding nationally.


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