NIH Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Fellowship Program Director: John D. Heiss, M.D.

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Overview

The Surgical Neurology Branch of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers and innovative 7-year, ACGME-accredited Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program in Collaboration with Georgetown University. The program is open to medical school graduates.

The primary goal and objective of the neurological surgery residency program is to be a model for training outstanding clinical neurosurgeons with unparalleled experience and expertise in laboratory and clinical research, equipping them to become academic leaders in neurosurgery. Based on a research curriculum, the program is designed to provide its trainees with a systematic learning experience that provides them with neurosurgical and research knowledge and skills and prepares them to be outstanding clinicians and independent researchers upon graduation.

For more information about the neurological surgery residency program, please visit the Surgical Neurology Branch web-page.

Program Structure

Year

July to December

January to June

PGY-1

General Neurosurgery and

Neurotrauma
-MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (6 months) 

Neurotrauma-MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2 months) 

Neurosurgery- National Institutes of Health (1 month)

Neurology-National Institutes of Health (1 month)

Neuro-Pathology-National Institutes of Health (1 month)

Neuro-Oncology-National Institutes of Health (1 month)

PGY-2

Spine Rotation-MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (3 months) 

Vascular Rotation-MedStar Washington Hospital Center (3 months) 

Spine Rotation-MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (3 months) 

Vascular Rotation-MedStar Washington Hospital Center (3 months) 

PGY-3

Pediatric Neurosurgery Rotation-Children's National Medical Center (4 months)

Spine Rotation-MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2 months) 

Spine Rotation-MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2 months) 

Cranial Rotation-National Institutes of Health (4 months) 

PGY-4

Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)

Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)

PGY-5

Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)

Research Rotation-National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)

PGY-6

Senior Clinical Rotation-National Institutes of Health (10% Research Time; 90% Clinical Time)

Senior Clinical Rotation- National Institutes of Health (10% Research Time; 90%Clinical Time)

PGY-7

Chief Resident-MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (6 months) 

Chief Resident-MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2 months) 

Chief Resident-MedStar Washington Hospital Center (4 months) 

Application Information

One position is open for appointment each year. The department specifically selects residents with demonstrated interest in and aptitude for careers in academic neurosurgery. Applicants should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) by November 30, for appointments beginning the following July. After review of completed applications, qualified candidates will be invited to meet our staff and residents.

For more information about the NIH Neurological Surgery Residency Program, please contact Ana Garcia, Residency Program Coordinator, at ana.garciaorellana@nih.gov