The focus of the junior residency to further develop and expand upon skills learned in the neurosciences ICU and to build on basic operative skills. During the PGY2 year, Approximately 3-4 months are dedicated to the neurosurgical critical care. A 3 month endovascular rotation is also completed. The remainder of PGY2 is spent in the operating room learning basic operative procedures. Residents take overnight call no more than 1:3 nights and this typically ranges from 1:3 to 1:5 depending on the number of residents on service.
During the PGY3 year, residents spend more time in the operating room learning general neurosurgery procedures with a particular focus on spine surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, pain/functional procedures, and basic cranial surgery. 3 months are spent at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in Pediatric Neurosurgery and another 3 months are spent at one of our affiliated medical centers with a particular emphasis on neurosurgical trauma. Outpatient clinic experience in spine, tumor, pain/ functional, and general neurosurgery clinics is interspersed throughout the junior years. The PGY3 resident will also take the ABNS primary examination for practice.