The curriculum for the Neurosurgical Residency Training Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is competency-based and designed to be completed over the duration of the seven-year residency. Training occurs at two clinical sites: University Hospital/James Cancer Center (UH/JCC) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). The PGY-1 year is spent at UH/JCC and includes rotations on the neurological surgery service, neuro-critical care, surgical critical care, neuro-oncology and neuro-anesthesiology.

The PGY-2 year includes rotations at NCH and the vascular, spine/functional and oncologic services at UH/JCC. The PGY-3 year also includes rotations on the vascular, spine/functional, and oncologic services at UH/JCC.  The PGY-4 and PGY-5 years are designed for unique academic activity including research (basic, translational and clinical) and specialized clinical rotations depending on the individual resident’s needs. These years are tailor made for each resident according to their research and clinical interests and are designed to lead to high quality publications under the close mentorship of our faculty.  The goal is to maximize our resident’s ability to become leaders in academic neurosurgery!  The PGY- 6 year includes advanced rotations with chief level responsibilities to prepare our residents for chief year on the vascular, spine/functional and oncologic services at UH/JCC as well as at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

The Chief Year (PGY-7) is spent on the vascular, spine/functional and oncologic services at UH/JCC. Chief residents are also responsible for leading the resident team and insuring compliance with program requirements, as well as performing administrative responsibilities and leading our weakly grand rounds.  Upon completion of the training program, graduates will have mastered the curriculum and will be compassionate, highly knowledgeable, technically proficient neurosurgeons and academicians who have the potential to be future leaders in neurosurgery. 

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Conference Schedule

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
7 – 9 am Thursday, weekly
B050 James Conference Room

Neurosurgery Combined Grand Rounds with Neurology
8 – 9 am first Thursday
B050 James Conference Room

Deep Brain Stimulation Conference
4 – 5:30 pm Monday, weekly
S-1044 Davis Center

Pituitary Conference
5 – 7 pm first Wednesday
S-209 Doan Hall

Skull Base Conference
7 – 8 pm Tuesday, weekly
S-209 Doan Hall

Journal Club
6 – 7:30 pm fourth Thursday

Brain Tumor Board
9 – 10 am Thursday, weekly
S-209 Doan Hall

Neurosurgery Global Surgery Rotation

Residents in PGY4 have the opportunity to perform a 3-6 month rotation in Cape Town, South Africa gaining valuable experience and broadening their worldview in our neurosurgery global surgery rotation. This unique opportunity will expose trainees to complex trauma and spine pathology not typically seen in the US. Residents will work with mentors at OSU and in South Africa to compete a pre-identified research project during the rotation.