NCC Neurosurgery Residency Program
In the 2011-2012 academic years, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center combined to form the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The program is located in the metropolitan area of Bethesda, M.D. and is the only residency in neurological surgery available in the uniformed military services of the United States. The seven year program is accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Our mission is to train well-balanced neurologic surgeons who are clinically and research oriented and will be leaders in military neurosurgery. It is our general philosophy to provide numerous clinical and research opportunities for each resident. Toward that goal, we have established relationships with several medical and research organizations within our system and the national capital area. It is our belief that by providing the neurosurgical resident a myriad of clinical and research opportunities, the young physician will excel in becoming a well-rounded neurological surgeon. Through close mentoring we aim to provide strong role models which the neurosurgery resident can emulate.
The neurosurgery program at WRNMMC relies upon the outstanding teaching faculty at our sponsoring institution. We also provide rotations in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Washington Hospital Center, National Institute of Health, Children’s National Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital, and the Joint Pathology Center.
This curriculum was created in an effort to detail the body of knowledge which should be attained by an individual completing residency training in Neurological Surgery. The specific structure of resident education in Neurological Surgery is defined by the American Board of Neurological Surgery the Residency Review.
The curriculum is constructed in such a manner that the educational experience is divided into three levels - Junior, Middle, and Senior. Junior level defined by the R1, R2, R3 years, Middle level defined by the R4 and R5 years, Senior level defined by the R6 and R7 years.
All residents, regardless of specialty, are required to demonstrate competency in the following six areas:
- Patient Care
- Medical Knowledge
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Systems-Based Practice
General Clinical Topics
- Fluid, Electrolytes, and Nutrition
- General Critical Care
- Practice Management, Legal, and Socioeconomic Issues
Neurosurgical Clinical Topics
- Cerebrovascular Surgery
- Neurosurgical Oncology
- Neurotrauma and Neurosurgical Critical Care
- Pain Management
- Pediatric Neurosurgery
- Surgery of the Peripheral Nervous System
- Spinal Surgery
- Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery