Department of Neurological Surgery

Senior Resident (PGY5) Responsibilities

The second senior resident year rotation is devoted in 3-month blocks on the two University Hospital adult neurosurgical services.

University Hospital - Green Senior Resident: The Green Senior Neurosurgery Resident rotation is devoted to the diagnosis of complex diseases and surgical management of the adult spine, on the inter-service management of neurotrauma patients, providing a critical experience in systems-based, interdisciplinary care. The resident participates in complex cranial procedures related to functional neurosurgery, including functional and frameless stereotaxis, intracranial monitoring and epilepsy surgery. Exceptional resources are available to understand the role of computers, electrophysiological monitoring and imaging in the operating room. This rotation also introduces the opportunity for the resident to act in a supervisory and teaching role for junior residents and interns on the Green Neurosurgery team.

University Hospital - Gold Senior Resident: The Gold Senior Neurosurgery Resident rotation is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of complex CNS diseases, the surgical management of adult cerebrovascular disease, neuro-oncology, neuro-endocrinology and skull base surgery. The skull base surgery experience on the Gold Service provides exposure to interdisciplinary patient management and operative management by the neurosurgery and otology/skull base (otolaryngology) teams.
The resident, with attending staff, approves and facilitates all patient admissions, discharges, transfers and operative procedures. The resident performs and assists with complex surgical procedures and performs many primary neurosurgical consultations with faculty review.

Educational Objectives:

  • To learn to facilitate all patient admissions, discharges, transfers and operative procedures for large and busy University services.
  • To perform and assists with complex surgical procedures.
  • To perform primary neurosurgical consultations.
  • To participate in important supervisory and decision-making roles in the early management of neurosurgical emergencies.
  • To experience the supervisory and teaching roles of junior residents and interns.
  • To learn how to perform in a professional manner and to strengthen communication skills.