Residency Training

The Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at The George Washington University is committed to the education of medical students and residents. The Neurosurgical Residency is a 7-year program designed to train physicians in the clinical practice of neurosurgery, including the operative and non-operative management of disorders of the nervous system, and to mentor young physicians in the science of neurosurgery. The program is structured to prepare the resident for the science and practice of neurosurgery as defined by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

The Neurosurgery Residency Program at The George Washington University strives to combine training, education, and research to produce a well-rounded experience for its graduates.

The training component consists of the clinical practice of neurosurgery which encompasses the out-patient evaluation of patients with neurological disorders, the in-patient management of critically ill neurosurgical patients, and the operative treatment of diseases of the nervous system. The training program consists of four hospital sites. These sites provide both outpatient and in-patient clinical experience. The hospitals making up the core of this training program are The George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) under the direction of Michael Rosner, MD, the Holy Cross hospital under the direction of Zach Levine, MD, the Children's National Health System Hospital under the direction of Robert Keating, MD, and the National Institute of Health (NIH) under the direction of John Heiss, MD.

The educational component of the Residency Program in Neurosurgery is structured around a didactic core curriculum. Participation in these conferences is mandatory. Each resident is expected to pursue clinical or basic research projects.

The current Neurosurgery training program at GW is a 7-year program. The clinical neurosurgical services are centered at George Washington University Hospital (GWUH), Holy Cross Hospital (HCH), The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Childrens National Health System (Children's National). Standing electives exist in Neurology, Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, and in the Ammerman Microsurgical Laboratory. Other electives to expand or diversify training are also encouraged. A schedule of training based on each year of time spent in the department is on the Conference page. However there is flexibility in the schedule to accommodate individual interests and career goals.