Training Requirements

For Candidates Who Began Training between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2013

All post-graduate training described must be acquired as a resident in a neurological surgery training program or programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It must be under the ultimate direction and control of the resident’s neurosurgery Program Director.

Seventy-two months of neurosurgical residency training in ACGME accredited programs under the direction of a neurosurgical Program Director. This must consist of:

  • 42 months of core clinical neurosurgery, including 12 months as chief resident; at least 21 months must be spent in one program.
  • PGY-1 must include a minimum of 3 months of fundamental clinical skills training (critical care, trauma and other rotations as designated by the Program Director); it may include up to 6 months of neurosurgery that will count toward the 42 months required.
  • 3 months of clinical neurology taken during the first 3 years of training, preferably during the PGY-1.
  • 24 months of electives, i.e.: neuropathology, neuroradiology, research, and/or more neurosurgery, possibly in areas of special interest such as complex spine surgery, endovascular, or pediatric neurosurgery, and/or clinical and non-clinical neurosciences.