DSC0204 rileyThe formalized, structured curriculum centered upon the six ACGME core competencies outlined/defined by the ACGME and the seven major sub-specialty areas within neurosurgery. We utilize didactic teaching, self-directed learning, computer-based education, anatomic cadaveric dissection, and apprentice experiences to enrich each resident’s educational experience.

PGY-1:
Clinical Neurology (3 months)

Neurosurgery (3 months)
Neurointensive Care (3 months)
General Surgery (3 months)
PGY-5:
Research Year (12 months)
PGY-2:
Vascular Service (4 months)
Tumor Service (4 months)
Spine Service (4 months)
PGY-6:
Pediatric Neurosurgery, Senior (4 months)
Adult Neurosurgery, Senior (8 months)
PGY-3:
Pediatric Neurosurgery (6 months)

Veterans’ Administration (6 months)
Critical Care (4 months)
PGY-7:
Chief Residency (12 months)
PGY-4:
Vascular Service (4 months)

Tumor Service (4 months)
Spine Service (4 months)
 

Medical Evidence-Based Curriculum

Formalized didactic training in interpretation of medical evidence is directly incorporated into the resident curriculum. Beverly Walters, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS coordinates this initiative and conducts a monthly medical evidence conference and a resident-led journal club. The purpose of this initiative is to teach the resident-in-training how to systematically and critically appraise scientific papers in the medical literature with regard to study design, bias, validation of assessment, common types of errors, and introductory statistical assessment. The residents are introduced to these concepts through a standardized curriculum. The residents then use these concepts to direct our monthly journal clubs according to contemporary standards of evidence-based medicine.

Resident-Directed Research Protocols

As part of this training UAB Neurosurgery residents conduct numerous resident-directed reserach protocols. Click here to view the full list of ongoing resident-led studies

Evidence-Based Medicine: Development of Clinical Guidelines

Drs. Mark N. Hadley, Beverly C. Walters, and other faculty members including Dr. Mark Harrigan and Dr. Curtis Rozzelle within the Department of Neurosurgery have published multiple compilations of medical evidence-based guidelines for neurosurgical disorders. The guidelines were developed with the support of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries
Hadley MN, Walters, BC, Aarabi B, Dhall SS, Gelb DE, Harrigan MR, Hurlbert RJ, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N. Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries, 2013 Revision. Neurosurgery 72:3(Supplement), 1-259, 2013.
Guidelines for the Performance of Fusion Procedures for Degenerative Disease of the Lumbar Spine
Resnick DK, Choudheri TF, Dailey AT, Groff MW, Khoo L, Matz PG, Mummaneni P, Watters WC III, Wang J, Walters BC, Hadley MN. Guidelines for the Performance of Fusion Procedures for Degenerative Disease of the Lumbar Spine. J Neurosurg: Spine 2:636-759, 2005.
Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries
Hadley MN, Walters BC, Grabb, PA, Oyesiku NM, Przybylski, GJ, Resnick DK, Ryken TC. Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries. Neurosurg, (Supplement), S1 – S178, 2002.
Handbook of Cerebrovascular Disease and Neurointerventional Technique
Harrigan MR, Deveikis JP, Ardelt AA. Handbook of Cerebrovascular Disease and Neurointerventional Technique. Humana Press (Springer), New York, NY. 2009.