About the Program

Goals and Objectives for Training

The post-doctoral, pre-residency clinical training program (PDCT) provides trainees an opportunity to gain clinical skills and experience in academic neurosurgery in preparation for categorical neurosurgical residency training. Trainees participate fully in the clinical and teaching activities of the department, and work closely with the residency training program. Trainees are supervised by internationally recognized faculty members and receive extensive exposure to the full range of clinical neurosurgery.

Program Certification

Accredited residency program by the ACGME

Educational Program (Basic Curriculum)

The 12-month PDCT curriculum is based on the presence of two trainees. Each trainee completes six months of primarily inpatient education, and six-months of primarily outpatient education on a rotational basis. For the inpatient 4-week blocks, trainees integrate into the clinical resident team. As such, they are under the direction of the chief residents to learn peri-operative and inpatient management of all neurosurgical patients and disease. Trainees participate in morning work and teaching rounds, assist with patient admission, discharge, consultation, and transfer throughout the hospital. During outpatient 4-week blocks, trainees work directly with faculty in their clinics. Trainees learn patient assessment and examination skills, diagnostic testing and imaging work-up and interpretation, and treatment plan formulation.

Trainee attendance is mandatory at all departmental teaching conferences. Very limited operative educational opportunities exist for trainees.


The program was instituted in 2004 and there have been 14 individuals who have completed the training program since its inception.


One year with an optional second year at the discretion of the Program Director based on performance.