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Residency Program Structure

UC San Diego Neurological Surgery selects new residents for training each year. This seven-year residency (including internship) provides comprehensive training in all aspects of modern neurosurgery including neurosurgical critical care, neurotrauma, neurovascular surgery, brain tumors, functional neurosurgery, epilepsy, pediatric neurosurgery, peripheral nerve, and spine/spinal instrumentation surgery. The program is academic in its orientation, with input from world-renowned basic science researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, UC San Diego Main Campus, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Salk Institute. The residency program is designed to be flexible and strives to accommodate specialized research and/or clinical interests.

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Junior Neurosurgery Resident

The PGY-3 year is divided evenly between the La Jolla service and the pediatric neurosurgical service Rady Children's Hospital. Particular emphasis of the six months at Rady Children's will be placed on the development of skills in the performances of procedures unique to the pediatric age group including shunting of low birth weight infants, the correction of new spinal dysraphic states, the performance of surgical procedures for tumors primarily found in the pediatric age group, and the correction of craniofacial disorders.

The remaining six months are spent with the La Jolla service continuing to work on a busy quaternary service including spine, oncology, vascular, and functional neurosurgery.

Residents will continue to develop increasing skills in the acquisition of medical knowledge, patient care, a commitment to lifelong practice learning and improvement of communication skills with patients, families and other health care professionals.

Residents enjoy opportunities to learn more about medical ethics and the need for a commitment to lifelong professional development. The program also provides exposure to different systems of practice beginning at UC San Diego Hillcrest, Thornton / Jacobs Medical Center, and Rady Children's Hospital, which are unique environments with different structures of resident functions and systems of care.

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