Training Requirements

For Candidates Who Began Training Prior To July 1, 2009

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.

  • PGY-1, Twelve months of fundamental clinical skills
    • 12 month surgical internship in an institution accredited by the ACGME, or
    • 6 months in surgical disciplines and 6 months of other clinical disciplines under the Program Director of an ACGME accredited neurosurgical residency; up to 3 months of neurosurgery and 3 months of neurology may be included.
  • Sixty months of neurosurgical residency training in ACGME accredited programs under the direction of a neurosurgical Program Director. This must consist of:
    • 36 months of core clinical neurosurgery, including 12 months as chief resident; at least 24 months must be spent in one program.
    • 3 months of clinical neurology; this may be done during the PGY-1, although that does not shorten the required length of training.
    • 21 to 24 months (depending on when neurology is done) 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.