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Blending tradition and innovation, we are a premiere, stable neurosurgery academic center focused on:

  • Educational excellence
  • Cutting-edge research
  • Skilled, compassionate patient care.

On average, we accept two new residents into the Neurosurgery Residency Program each year. Will one be you?

Program outline

Neurosurgery residency training at the University of Minnesota is a six-year program following a one-year internship. The training is designed to give residents increasing clinical and surgical responsibility. Graduates prepare for an academic neurosurgical career, a high-quality practice in a private sector, or further training in a subspecialty fellowship.

Applications for Postgraduate Year 1 positions can be made through the National Resident Match Program.

 

Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY-1) - Internship

Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY-1) - Internship

The goal of PGY-1 is to learn the basics of evaluating and managing patient care in a clinical and surgical setting. Emphasis is on preoperative and postoperative management of the surgical patient, a multidisciplinary approach to the complicated patient, and emergency room evaluation. It includes:

  • Critical care medicine (3 months) – University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Neurosurgery (5 months) – University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Neurology (3 months) – Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Plastics (1 month) – Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY-2)

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY-2)

The goal of PGY-2 is to begin learning the basics of neurosurgery. This includes obtaining the presenting neurologic history, performing the examination, and formulating an appropriate management plan. The resident will learn and become proficient in the basic neurosurgical operations and will assist in more complex procedures.

  • 12 months – University of Minnesota Medical Center

Postgraduate Year 3 (PGY-3)

Postgraduate Year 3 (PGY-3)

  • 6 months – Hennepin County Medical Center
  • 6 months – University of Minnesota Medical Center

Postgraduate Year 4 (PGY-4)

Postgraduate Year 4 (PGY-4)

  • 6 months – Elective Rotation/Research
  • 6 months – Neuropathology – University of Minnesota Medical Center

Postgraduate Year 5 (PGY-5)

Postgraduate Year 5 (PGY-5)

  • 12 months – Elective Rotation/Research

Postgraduate Year 6 (PGY-6)

Postgraduate Year 6 (PGY-6)

  • 6 months – Senior Resident, University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • 6 months – Chief Resident, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Postgraduate Year 7 (PGY-7)

Postgraduate Year 7 (PGY-7)

  • 6 months – Chief Resident, University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • 6 months – Chief Resident, Hennepin County Medical Center

Welcome from the Director

Our Neurosurgery Residency Program exposes you to all fields of neurosurgery in the full range of potential practice settings. It was established in 1937 and has trained about 120 neurosurgeons, including several who went on to become chairs of neurosurgery departments around the world. At the completion of training, we expect big things from you, either in your local community or in providing service to organized neurosurgery and medicine as a whole.

Matthew Hunt, MDWe create leaders
Our vision is to prepare you to be a leader in whatever practice setting you choose, be it private practice or academic neurosurgery. The training program is primarily based at the University of Minnesota; however, it includes rotations at Hennepin County Medical Center, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Each of these rotations gives you critical pieces of the training required to become board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Research key part of program
In addition, you are expected to spend 18 months in a dedicated research program, which ranges from enfolded fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery to basic laboratory research.

Please let us know what we can do to help you decide to join us in this important endeavor. 

~Matthew Hunt, MD, Associate Professor and Resident Program Director

Former Residents