The Department of Neurosurgery is extensively involved in the teaching and training of medical students, residents, and others. Faculty members give lectures to the first year medical students in their basic neuroscience course. Medical students also spend four weeks in Neurology and Neurosurgery during their third-year clinical rotation. The Neurosurgery Department offers an attractive summer program for first year medical students. Approximately six students are selected, and they spend six weeks in the Neurosurgery Department working closely with the residents and faculty and getting good exposure to neurosciences. Such intense exposure to neuroscience over the past few years has significantly increased the number of New York Medical College medical students applying to neurology and neurosurgery residency programs. On average, 2-3 medical students apply to neurosurgery residency programs per year, and we have an excellent match success rate.
The neurosurgery residency program was initially approved in 1991 and is fully accredited by the ACGME. We pride ourselves on our collegiality and good communication between the faculty and residents. The program, which accepts one resident per year, consists of seven years of neurosurgery with one full year of dedicated basic research. Research and publications, teaching and training, patient care and bedside manner are all emphasized equally during training. Our residents have won many awards and prizes for their research work and presentations, at both regional and national levels. Our graduating residents have obtained fellowship positions in subspecialties of neurosurgery at institutions such as Cleveland Clinic, the Barrow Neurological Institute, Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Utah, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, and John Hopkins. One of our residents is also a Van Wagenen Fellow. We have a 100% success rate for both Part 1 and Part 2 of the American Board of Neurological Surgery Examination.