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Winners of the 2009 Annual Scholarly Project Outstanding Paper Awards are Scott Glickman, DO, Ripul Panchal, DO, and Frank Hux, DO.


Winners of the 2009 Resident Jeopardy are Garden City Hospital, Grant Hospital Columbus, and Roanoke Memorial Hospital.


Neurosurgical Residency


To produce competent specialists in neurological surgery the program provides the residents with adequate didactic, clinical, communicative, professional and Osteopathic experiences and competencies. The program is designed to correlate basic science material with the clinical manifestations of diseases of the nervous system with particular emphasis on those with surgical therapies. The program will satisfy the requirements for completion as outlined by the American Osteopathic Association, will demonstrate measured neurosurgical, osteopathic, professional, progressive, communicative, and business competencies, and will qualify the resident to sit for the Neurosurgery board certification examinations as outlined by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.


Neurological Surgery training is rigorous and demanding; it cannot be limited to the surgical aspects of diseases of the nervous system. It must encompass those essential competencies of all medicine including Osteopathic philosophy, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and practice improvement and those essential to the practice of neurological surgery such as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, and medical neurology. These areas will be covered directly and indirectly through required rotations, supplemental courses, required reading, and lectures as well as ongoing day-to-day integration of these areas in the management of patients. The formidable curriculum will be tightly integrated with aspects dealing with the whole health of the body and its affect on the nervous system, such areas must include critical care medicine, traumatology, and nutritional support—none of these can be divorced from the care of the neurosurgical patient. These concepts are also emphasized through reading, lectures, and clinical decision-making. Lastly, attention to research in the clinical neurosciences provides additional challenges to be met by the developing resident and allows them to improve the practices of neurosurgery.


Any specific postgraduate courses in basic sciences (taken during the PGY 1 or 2 years) will be made by the program directors to accommodate the specific needs of each resident. The neurosurgical resident will complete appropriate time during the first neurosurgical residency year to fulfill the requirement of 4 months of General Surgery training. These arrangements will be within the framework and guidelines of the AOA and the ACOS. The residency will be six successful years in length and conform to the standards set forth by the AOA/COPT/PTRC/ACOS and the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS). Please see a SAMPLE of the INSTITUTIONAL Neurosurgery Residency Training Manual.


Each year, residents submit scientific projects and receive accolades for papers and other outstanding achievements. Click here to see awards.


Resident Jeopardy

The dynamic challenge takes place during the Annual Meeting. The rules are similar to television Jeopardy. The winners compete for awards and recognition, while striving to advance the knowledge of Neurosurgery through camaraderie, and the quest for individual and team achievement


2009 Winners

1st Place Garden City Hospital, Garden City Michigan

2nd Place Grant Hospital Columbus

3rd Place Roanoke Memorial Hospital Roanoke Virginia



Resident Forms

Examples of Resident Forms, Standards, and other useful information can be found below under Program Director Tools. Policies and Procedures can only be made by the AOA, ACOS, OPTI, your institution, and your program director. Please consult them for the actual documentation.


Annual Expectations

ACOS Annual Resident Evaluation of Program Director

AOA Basic Training Standards

Application sample for PGY-2

Basic Standards for Training in Surgery and Surgical Specialties

Due Process

Fatigue & Performance

Jeopardy Rules

Resident Frequently Asked Questions

Resident Operations Log System

Scholarly Project

Suggested Reading List