The Neurosurgery Residency Program at the University of Nebraska was approved in July 1993 and began training neurosurgery residents in July 1994. Our residents have experience in the private as well as the academic practice of neurosurgery through rotations at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Children's Hospital in addition to the University of Nebraska/Nebraska Medical Center. The combination of academic and private practice training environments gives our residents excellent exposure to the full spectrum of adult and pediatric neurosurgical disorders.
The Nebraska Medical Center, the home institution for our training program, is the largest medical center in the state of Nebraska. It has been recognized in national rankings as the region's best hospital. Neurology/Neurosurgery have been recognized as being among the top 50 programs in the United States.
The program is six years in length pending satisfactory completion of requirements. Forty-five months are spent on the neurosurgery service (twelve months as Chief Resident). Fifteen months are spent learning basic information in neurology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, critical care medicine, and other clinical electives related to neurosurgery. We offer one full year of dedicated research time. In response to the ACGME requirement that all neurological surgery residencies be a minimum of 7 years’ duration, residents entering our program in July 2013 or later will have a 7 year training program. The addition year will, per ACGME requirement, be spent in clinical neurosurgery training. While at UNMC, call will be every third or fourth night. At Methodist/Children's, call will be every second or third night. The Chief Resident and/or Senior resident will act as back-up call each night. Call is taken from home.
The Division participates in several conferences and residents will be expected to contribute to the success of these learning opportunities. The conferences include: Tumor Board Conference, held weekly, Grand Rounds every other Wednesday, Neuroradiology/Neuroanatomy conference every Tuesday, Morbidity & Mortality conference and Journal Club every month.
Resident performance will be evaluated every six months with written reviews and meetings with the program director. Evaluations are based on the ACGME and American Board of Neurological Surgery criteria. The resident will be provided with a copy of the evaluation. Unsatisfactory performance will result in probation with specific guidelines for improvement and review.
Residents take the written portion of the Neurosurgical Board Exam during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years for self-evaluation and in the PGY-4 year, for credit.
A yearly stipend is provided to purchase books or to attend meetings, courses or other related activities.
The neurosurgery offices are located in the University Hospital with clinical facilities housed in a newly constructed Outpatient Care Center. The Methodist/Children's complex is located 10 minutes from the Nebraska Medical Center.