Diversity in training is essential to comprehensive resident education, a strength of the Neurosurgery Residency Program at University of Maryland.

The program benefits from access to several exceptional medical institutions within Baltimore as well as nearby Mid-Atlantic resources such as the NIH and DC institutions

Such resources offer a variety of training opportunities across facilities, subspecialties, and patient populations.

Rotation Sites

Throughout the 7 years residents spend with us, they train in 5 institutions with additional site available for elective experiences:

  • University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC): This is our home base where residents establish a foundation in training, foster academic growth, and develop expertise.
  • University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (STC): This integrated hospital within UMMC offers trainees a unique experience in trauma. Shock Trauma is the premier trauma center in Maryland and is lauded as a national model for excellence.
  • Baltimore VA Medical Center: Residents rotate through the VA gaining valuable training and Chief Resident experience early in training.
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC): A rotation at GBMC allows our trainees to be the only resident on a busy private practice neurosurgery service allowing them to gain exposure to medicine in a private setting.
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital: Through our partnership with John Hopkins, our residents experience a world renown pediatric neurosurgery service.

Rotation Subspecialties

  • Neurology
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurotrauma
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery

Rotation Schedules


Conferences and Enrichment

Didactic teaching is carried out in a wide variety of weekly conferences for neurosurgery residents, faculty, and medical students. They focus on a broad range of neurosurgical topics, as well as topics from other disciplines, promoting interdepartmental collaboration among providers.

  • Faculty Case Conference: Thursdays, 7:00am - 7:30am
    This conference is led by a neurosurgery faculty member on a rotating basis with a focus on case analysis and in-depth discussion on neurosurgical conditions and treatments.
  • Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30am - 8:30am
    Grand Rounds are led by a wide variety of speakers from neurosurgery residents, faculty, and medical students as well as guest speakers. The topics are diverse and include, but are not limited to, neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neurology, cerebrovascular surgery, pain management, pediatric neurosurgery, and stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Other topics focus on professional development, such as general critical care, infection control, and practice management solutions.
  • Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) Conference: 4th Thursdays, 7:30am - 8:30am
    Selected cases and their accompanying complications from the services of UMMC, VA, and Shock Trauma are chosen for presentation by the QA Officer, Bizhan Aarabi, M.D., and the neurosurgery faculty. The conference consists of a relevant clinical summary, identifying the complication, a short-referenced presentation on the topic, and outlining a management plan to prevent the complication in the future. In addition to neurosurgery faculty and residents, representatives from the offices of Quality Assurance, neuropathology, and neuroradiology attend.
  • Journal Club: Bimonthly, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    This conference brings residents together to critically evaluate scholarly journal articles written about various neurosurgical conditions. In-depth analysis and discussion amongst the residents are the primary focus of this conference. At least 1 to 2 faculty members are present to answer questions and foster discussion.
  • Henderson Lecture: Annually, 9:00am - 10:00am
    This annual lecture is presented by an outstanding neurosurgeon chosen by the residents and faculty during a selection process. The date of the lecture is determined by the chosen speaker. This lecture is funded by a benefactor in honor of the deceased neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles M. Henderson, who practiced in Baltimore for 26 years. Dr. Henderson was the first president of the Maryland Neurosurgical Society and a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgery, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.
  • Mock Oral Boards: Biannually
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery Primary Written Exam: Annually
  • Stryker-MedStar Anatomy Workshop: Annually
  • Wellness Promotion Initiative
  • National Conferences