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, Children's Hospital, and the Omaha VA Medical Center. 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/Children's complex is located 10 minutes (3.5 miles) from the Nebraska Medicine campus and the VA medical Center is approximately one mile 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. Descriptions of resident rotations provided elsewhere on this site are subject to change as we implement the full 7-year program.
The Division holds several regular conferences for residents, faculty, and students. Weekly conferences include tumor board, grand rounds and/or morbidity & mortality conference, and Neuroradiology/Neuroanatomy teaching conference. Journal club and a "special topics" conference are held monthly.
Residents take the written portion of the American Board of Neurological Surgery exam during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years for self-evaluation and in the PGY-4 year for credit. We send our PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents to conferences and meetings to facilitate their success on the written board examination. These supplemental activities include the Chicago Review Course and the Washington Neuroradiology/Dr. Kenneth M. Earle Memorial Neuropathology Review Course. A yearly stipend is provided to purchase books or to attend meetings, courses, or other related activities.
Omaha is a vibrant Midwest city. With approximately one million people in the metropolitan area, the city is large enough to provide a wide variety of activities, but small enough to allow affordable living, easy commutes, and ready access to community attractions and activities. Omaha is ranked as one of the top cities in the U.S. in many surveys; for instance, a top city for affordable living, a top city for families, a top city for young professionals, a top city for "foodies", a top "up-and-coming" city for music, and top zoo in the U.S. You can explore some of what Omaha has to offer at http://wedontcoast.com/ and http://www.unmc.edu/whyunmc/why-unmc/.