The Department of Neurological Surgery provides medical education in a wide variety of forums at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. The faculty contributes to undergraduate and graduate-level education at both sites and to the continuing education of their professional colleagues.
Selected faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery participate in several undergraduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, undergraduate students are offered shadowing opportunities with various faculty members while they evaluate and operate on patients at UPMC. To qualify undergraduate students obtain faculty permission and complete on line training courses related to patient confidentiality.
The department offers a seven-year (PGY 1-7) residency program that is internationally renowned as a training ground for exceptional neurosurgeons. Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, the program accepts three to four residents a year. More info.
A number of learning opportunities are available for medical students at various levels of training. Please visit our Info for Medical Students page for more information.
In addition to daily teaching rounds, led by individual members of the department faculty, the department holds a series of weekly resident conferences and review lectures to discuss specific neurosurgical concepts, techniques, problems, and solutions. Both faculty and residents are regular participants in these programs, many of which include formal didactic presentations. Also, the department presents a visiting professor series where world renown physicians lecture on their topics of expertise.
Neurosurgical focused training is possible in PGY 5th or 6th year or after residency training. Training internships range from from six months to two years. Programs currently include:
- basic science research
- image-guided neurosurgery (stereotactic and functional, radiosurgery)
- pediatric (clinical instructor level)
- spine (clinical instructor level)
- endoscopic and skull base surgery (clinical instructor level)
- endovascular surgery
The Department of Neurological Surgery participates in the education of house staff of other departments, including surgery, neurology, medicine (endocrinology) and emergency medicine. Educational endeavors include neuroscience conferences, general lectures on neurosurgical topics, and grand rounds. In addition, faculty takes part in the Department of Surgery’s Vascular Surgery Conference and provides speakers for the Critical Care Medicine Lecture Series
Department faculty offer advanced level training for professionals in several areas. Courses currently offered include:
- Principles and Practice of Gamma Knife Surgery
- Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Training for Nurses
- Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery Course
- Innovations in Endoscopic Intracranial Surgery
- Update on the Multidisciplinary Management of Pituitary Tumors
- Deep Brain Stimulation Symposium
(Note: Gamma Knife nurses training is also available anytime throughout the year upon request. Please contact Jonet Vacsulka at (412) 647-9992, for more information.)
The department currently sponsors one online course through the University of Pittsburgh Department of Continuing Education for CME credit:
The following CME courses are also offered through UPMC Physician Services:
- Brain Stimulation Overview
- Brain Stimulation: Future Directions
- Controversies in Cranial Base Surgery
- Endoscopic-Assisted Retromastoid Approach
- Endoscopic Endonasal Approach: Crista Galli to the Dens (Sagittal Plane)
- Endoscopic Endonasal Approach in the Pediatric Population
- Endoscopic Endonasal Pituitary Surgery
- Immunotherapy for Brain Tumors
- Radiosurgery and Cranial Base Surgery
- Radiosurgery for Pituitary Surgery: (Part 1) Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Non-Functional Pituitary Adenomas
- Radiosurgery for Pituitary Surgery: (Part 2) Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Endocrine Active Pituitary Tumors
- Vertebral Body Compression Fractures: Interventional Management Strategies
Continuing Medical Education
Department faculty take an active role in national and regional continuing education programs. Course presentations are given every year at the annual meetings of both the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In addition, physicians of several department centers provide institutional training to other physicians throughout the world. For more information, please contact us at (412) 647-3685.
Department of Neurological Surgery offers a speakers bureau service for regional hospitals, physician groups and other organizations interested in keeping abreast with the latest advances and techniques in the field of neurological surgery. More info.
Other Postgraduate Education
participates in the education of house staff of other departments, including surgery, neurology, medicine (endocrinology) and emergency medicine. Educational endeavors include neuroscience conferences, general lectures on neurosurgical topics, and grand rounds. In addition, faculty takes part in the Department of Surgery’s Vascular Surgery Conference and provides speakers for the Critical Care Medicine Lecture Series.
Finally, our faculty members present lectures to the UPMC nursing staff and to the medical staff of other regional hospitals. For more information, please contact us at (412) 647-6250