Neurosurgery
 

Overview of the Specialty 

Neurosurgery is a medical discipline specializing in the operative and nonoperative management, prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, critical care and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems including their supporting structures and vascular supply and the operative and nonoperative management of pain. As such, neurosurgery encompasses the modern treatment of disorders of the brain, meninges, skull and their blood supply including the extra cranial, carotid and vertebral arteries; disorders of the pituitary gland; disorders of the spinal cord, meninges and spine; disorders of the cranial and spinal nerves throughout their distributions; and disorders of the autonomic nervous system.

Training Requirements

Training consists of a minimum of six years of postgraduate education which includes a minimum of one year of training in an ACGME-accredited program in general surgery or at least one year of a program accredited for the acquisition of fundamental clinical skills, which must include at least six months of structured educational experience in surgery other than neurosurgery. There were 105 neurosurgery residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 210 positions.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Neurosurgery residency training programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Match results and competitiveness information for neurosurgery residency training positions are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

High High High Interm

# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors

210

206

204

196

% U.S. Seniors matched*

81%

82%

84%

90%

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

2

0

1

2

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

41

38

35

17

Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.

WUSM Match Statistics

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Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of neurosurgery residency training program is available in endovascular surgical neuroradiology. Detailed information about the scope of this subspecialty training program, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED. Further information can be obtained from the American Medical Association and the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access page.
American Medical Association (AMA)
FREIDA

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University

Washington University Department Website:
Department of Neurosurgery

Faculty Contacts:  Neurosurgery

Dave Limbrick, MD

454-4630

Gavin Dunn, MD

747-6141

W. Zack Ray, MD

747-6145

Greg Zipfel, M.D.

747-6141


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National Organizations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Neurosurgery://On Call
At A Glance
Training
7 years of residency
 
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology 2 years
Functional 1 year
Pediatric 1 year
Cerebrovascular 1 or 2 years
Spine 1 year
Skull Base 1 year
Neuro-oncology 2 years
Epilepsy 1 year
Radiosurgery 1 year
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary $580,000
Median, Clinical Salary $710,000
Source:AAMC