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Residency Program

The University of Maryland Neurosurgery Residency Program is one of the first in the country, training neurosurgeons since 1939.

This 7-year program offers a diverse operative experience and numerous opportunities for academic advancement.

The PGY-7 year is uniquely designed to allow residents to attain fellowship training, pursue research, or complete an advanced degree.

Case complexity and graded autonomy enable graduates of this program to be confident in their craft. Residents enjoy genuine camaraderie and collaboration between each other.

Fellowship Programs

Neurocritical Care: The University of Maryland Department of Neurology offers a UCNS-accredited fellowship in Neurocritical Care. Neurosurgery residents are eligible for this program. The Neurocritical Care Fellow trains in diagnosing and managing the full spectrum of acute neurological disease.

Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology: The Department of Neurosurgery has a strong relationship with the Division of Interventional Neuroradiology. Neurosurgery residents rotate with this team early in residency and are eligible for this comprehensive one-year fellowship. The program prepares fellows with the latest in endovascular technology and therapy, from aneurysm embolization to mechanical thrombectomy. Many alumni have taken advantage of this opportunity.

Complex Spine Surgery: Starting in academic year 2021-2022, neurosurgery residents can complete additional training in the CAST-accredited Complex Spine Surgery Fellowship with Dr. Charles Sansur. Fellows learn a wide range of neurosurgical and orthopedic approaches for degenerative, deformity, traumatic, and neoplastic disease. The program is enriched with didactic sessions and case conferences, and robust opportunities for research. Dr. Sansur’s past mentees have obtained prestigious positions and have established strong spine practices.

Medical Student Opportunities

Clerkship and Sub-Internships

The Department of Neurosurgery offers a clerkship in Neurosurgery for third-year medical students, and two Sub-Internships for fourth-year medical students and visiting medical students. The Sub-Internships include Neurosurgery (NSUR 548) and Neurotrauma (NSUR 544). Visiting medical students interested in gaining exposure to neurosurgery and to the University of Maryland program are encouraged to apply.

Research Opportunities

Annually, the Department of Neurosurgery offers the University of Maryland Trauma Neurosurgery Research Fellowship for a US medical student or medical graduate. The fellowship honors the memory of Dr. Charles Bagley Jr., the founder of the neurosurgery service at the University of Maryland. Having trained with Dr. Harvey Cushing, Dr. Bagley promoted scholarship for the improvement of neurosurgical patient care.

In the same spirit, the Trauma Neurosurgery Research Fellow engages in clinical research in the Department with the goal of producing scholarly work to ultimately improve patient care. The Fellow uses data derived from the robust trauma neurosurgery practice at the University of Maryland to answer clinical inquiries of interest to him/her and also assists in existing projects led by residents and attendings. The Fellow can work with multiple faculty and residents based on interest and can initiate personal projects as well. In addition to trauma, access to clinical data is available in the busy specialties of neurocritical care, open and endovascular neurosurgery, functional and epilepsy neurosurgery, and spine surgery. Travel and accommodations will be covered for accepted presentations at national neurosurgery conferences.

The Fellowship is designed as an immersive experience for candidates interested in pursuing neurosurgical residency. Outside of research-related duties, the Fellow has the opportunity to observe clinical activities within the Department, including didactic conferences, patient rounds, and OR cases. The Fellow is not responsible for any clinical duties. If applying for residency, in neurosurgery or another specialty, letters of recommendation can be provided.

Learn more on eligibility and how to apply for the 2022-2023 Trauma Neurosurgery Research Fellowship.