The Neurosurgery Residency Program at the University of Nebraska was approved in July 1993 and began training neurosurgery residents in July 1994. Our program provides robust, "hands-on" neurosurgery training in a collegial, supportive environment. Our residents have experience in the private and academic practices of neurosurgery through rotations at Nebraska Medicine, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, and Children's Nebraska Hospital. The combination of experience at a major tertiary/quaternary academic medical center and in community-based environments gives our residents excellent exposure to the full spectrum of adult and pediatric neurosurgical disorders. The neurosurgery offices are located on the campus of Nebraska Medicine. The Methodist and Children's complex is located 10 minutes (3.5 miles) from the Nebraska Medicine campus.
Nebraska Medicine, 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 one of the nation's best hospitals. Neurology/Neurosurgery has been recognized as being among the top programs in the United States. The medical center campus has seen unprecedented growth in the past decade, with approximately one billion dollars of development completed or underway in recent years, including the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, the Lauritzen Outpatient and Fritch Surgery Center, the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Delivery, the Truhlsen Eye Institute, the Maurer Center for Public Health, the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging, and two Durham research towers. Nebraska Medicine houses a dedicated neurosciences inpatient ward, neuro-intensive care unit, fully-equipped operating rooms, and a recently renovated neurosurgery/pain outpatient clinic.
Our program accepts two residents per year into our 7 year program. In accordance with ACGME Residency Review Committee guidelines, our residents spend, at a minimum, 54 months in clinical neurosurgery, 12 months in basic patient care education (including critical care medicine) and clinical neurosciences (including neurology, neuropathology, and neuroradiology), a year of research, and 12 months as Chief Resident. The research year is intended to provide a productive, meaningful experience for residents, so we allow flexibility in selection of research topics and mentors.
The Department holds several regular conferences for residents, faculty, and students. Weekly conferences include tumor board, neuroradiology/neuroanatomy, and cerebrovascular conference. Case conference, grand rounds, patient safety & quality improvement conference, journal club and a "special topics" conference are held monthly.