Educational Program: PGY-6
The PGY-6 year will be spent as Chief Resident in neurosurgery, six months at UNMC/Nebraska Medical Center and 6 months at Methodist/Childrens Hospitals. The goal of the Chief year is to transition the resident from trainee (early in the year) to independent practitioner (by completion of the Chief year) by refining technical skills and clinical judgment. This will be accomplished by promoting the Chief Resident’s independence and autonomy in directing patient care. By the conclusion of the year, the Chief resident will be expected to demonstrate independence and competency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the full spectrum of surgical and non-surgical neurosurgical disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The Chief Resident will oversee the inpatient service, including surgical and non-surgical patients. The Chief Resident will be expected to operate as primary surgeon on most cases. The Chief Resident will also have administrative responsibilities (with the guidance of the Division Chief) for oversight and assignment of duties to junior residents, establishing the resident call schedule, vacation and coverage schedules, and educational programming (including organization and presentation of grand rounds and morbidity and mortality conferences) and will participate in the educational mission of the University by teaching junior residents, students, ancillary healthcare providers, and other groups (e.g., patient support groups) from time to time. Global evaluation of resident performance will be performed by the neurosurgery faculty and support staff ("360 degree evaluation") each 6 months. Residents will complete a "self-assessment" and formal evaluation of the program and the faculty annually.