Neurosurgical Residency

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Neurosurgery Residency Program is dedicated to providing its residents with premier training in a wide breadth of neurosurgical procedures, patient care, and research to prepare them become leaders in the field.  Our faculty feel great pride and responsibility in training the future leaders of neurosurgery. Read more about our residency program on Doximity.

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Since its establishment in 1946, the program has flourished into a comprehensive, state-of-the-art seven-year program with an intensive curriculum encompassing every major sub-specialty ensuring that our residents receive premiere training.  The department has cultivated a commitment to resident education through a collegial and collaborative environment between residents and faculty which leads to outstanding resident education and care for our patients.  Through a paradigm of graduated responsibility and autonomy, residents learn the fundamentals of surgery, care of critically ill patients, and principles of neurosurgical decision-making which equips them to handle all types of cases, from simple to the complex, by their senior years of residency.

We are proud to be part of a comprehensive health sciences center that encompasses over 300 acres with seven professional colleges and innovative research spanning all disciplines.  Such a breadth of research opportunities allows for pioneering collaborative opportunities, and our residents are encouraged to take advantage of these.  As such, our faculty and residents are involved in a variety of research projects ranging from basic science to translation to clinical research.

Our residents receive ample surgical experience while rotating through the Oklahoma University Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital, and the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These cases cover brain tumors, skull base surgery, cerebrovascular disorders, neurotrauma and neurocritical care, pediatric neurological disorders, movement disorders, peripheral nerve and pain disorders, spinal disorders, and radiosurgery.

Resident selection is an important part of the process and to continuing our mission. Due to our high clinical volume, research productivity, and breadth of didactics, the program has been granted an increase in the resident complement and accept one or two residents on alternating years. We are interested in recruiting talented residents who demonstrate ample intellectual capacity, high moral standards, humanistic attitudes, and scientific interests who are passionate about neurosurgery and prepared to make a serious commitment to a demanding and rewarding educational experience.

Facilities Overview

The Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center is a 200-acre campus located one mile south of the state capitol in Oklahoma City. The Center includes The Children's Hospital at OU MedicineHarold Hamm Diabetes CenterStephenson Cancer Center, Colleges of MedicineDentistryAllied HealthPublic HealthNursingPharmacythe Graduate College, the Robert M. Bird Library, Oklahoma Medical Research FoundationDean McGee Eye Institute, the state Department of Health, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Medical Examiner’s Office and the Veterans Affairs Hospital. 

OU Medical Center is a full-service, acute care hospital with 400 adult beds and 22 operating rooms with an adjacent recovery room. The hospital serves as a tertiary referral center for all of Oklahoma and surrounding states. It stands apart as the only American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verified designated Level One Trauma Center in the state. In 2017-18, the team cared for 847 trauma general surgery cases, with 1,627 general surgery trauma admissions, 943 ICU admissions and 3,148 trauma activations.

OU Medical Center is a 355-bed facility with 22 ORs and 78 ICU beds. In 2017-18, ED visits totaled 45,100 and admissions totaled 10,900, with more than 13,350 surgeries performed. The hospital operates a large outpatient clinic, with the surgery clinic meeting two days a week and caring for nearly 3,200 patients each year. 

It's also the site of the largest healthcare infrastructure build in the state, and one of the largest in the country. A new bed tower will be completed in 2020 with 450,000-square feet of additional space, eight floors and room to grow, 144 added beds, 32 new operating rooms and more.