Neurosurgery Residency

Length and Rotations

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The residency program in Neurological Surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is seven years in length. PGY-1 residents complete three months in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), three months of neurology, and six months of neurosurgery. 

PGY-2 residents spend 12 months on the neurosurgery service, rotating between the two clinical neurosurgery teams: Port (Vascular) and Starboard (Tumor). 

PGY-3 residents complete a 4 1/2 month rotation at Shock Trauma Center (STC), six months as the night float resident caring for patients at the Medical Center, Shock Trauma, and the VAMC, and six weeks of neuropathology.

PGY-4 residents spend three months at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, four months at Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric neurosurgery department, six weeks in diagnostic neuroradiology, two months in interventional and diagnostic radiology, and three months in our neurosurgery department. 

PGY-5 residents devote themselves to a faculty supervised research project or clinical experience of the resident's choosing, either here or at another approved program.

PGY-6 residents serve six months as the senior resident at Baltimore VAMC's neurosurgical services. The remaining six months are spent completing their research project or clinical experience from the previous year. The PGY-7 resident is the Chief Resident on the neurosurgery service for 12 months and is expected to function as an expert clinician, teacher, and supervisor.