The program is accredited for one or two residents per year, with the number alternating every year. It is a seven-year program with internship included within the department of neurological surgery. One year of research is included in the seven year curriculum.
The first year of internship is within the department of neurological surgery. Rotations include:
- 2 months of Neurosurgery
- 3 months of Neurology
- 1 month of ENT
- 3 months of SICU
- 2 months of Neuroradiology
- 1 month of Neuroanesthesia
A minimum of 36 months is spent in rotations at the participating hospitals, with each rotation lasting six months. The rotations are structured at both the junior and senior levels with a final year as chief resident. The program is organized to ensure a graded and increasing level of responsibility as the resident progresses through the rotations. Since the department is organized along subspecialty lines, there is concentrated experience in the areas of cerebrovascular disease, tumors, spine, functional and pediatric neurosurgery.
The PGY-4 usually has a six-month rotation at the Roosevelt Hospital, in Manhattan, with emphasis on functional and general neurosurgery.
Neurology and Neuroradiology
A three-month rotation in clinical neurology is provided as well as rotations in both diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology first during the internship year and later during elective time.
Research / Fellowship
Twelve months are spent in laboratory or clinical research and this time is planned according to the individual resident's interests. Opportunities exist for participation in a wide array of programs either within the department or within the entire neuroscience program at Einstein. Alternatively, residents may choose to complete an enfolded fellowship.
The remaining time in the seven-year program is designed to meet the needs of the individual resident. This may include an extended rotation in interventional neuroradiology, neuro-oncology or an additional clinical rotation with emphasis on an area relevant to the resident's own interests. Examples include epilepsy surgery, stereotactic management of movement disorders, or skull base and craniofacial surgery.