PGY4-5 Curriculum

NS-3 Enfolded Fellowship I: Enfolded Clinical Fellowship and/or Basic/Clinical Research
NS-4 Enfolded Fellowship II: Enfolded Clinical Fellowship and/or Basic/Clinical Research

During these 2 years, the resident completes a fellowship consisting of either an enfolded clinical fellowship or clinical/basic science research. Clinical or basic science research may be performed in the Neurosurgical Research Laboratories, another laboratory at Stanford or, in special cases, a laboratory at another institution or in industry. Research may be complemented by advanced subspecialty surgical training in Functional Neurosurgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Endovascular Neurosurgery and Spine Neurosurgery.

In clinical or basic science research, the resident develops academic skills, including critical review of existing literature, hypothesis driven research, creative and rigorous experimental design, precise performance of procedures, interpretation of data, synthesis of experimental results with existing literature, and preparation of reports for publication and presentation at regional and national meetings. Some may choose to pursue an advanced degree such as a PhD or MPH during this time. The resident continues to accumulate a fund of basic and clinical neuroscience knowledge and takes the written Part I Neurosurgical Board exam for credit. Each resident is required to pass the written boards at the 50th percentile before beginning the PGY-VII Chief Resident year.

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