Residency Programs (GME)


  The major objective is the education of neurosurgeons motivated toward, and capable of, a career in either an academic or private practice setting of the highest quality. This process begins with a selection of individuals demonstrating ample intellectual capacity, high moral standards, humanistic attitudes and scientific interests who are willing to make a serious commitment to an intense, demanding educational experience.


Residency Program Details

The University of Oklahoma Department of Neurosurgery alternates between accepting one or two residents per year. The residency program is currently 7 years long, including the internship year, following the new standard set forth by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Rotations are designed as follows:


Rotation Schedule

PGY- 1:
The “intern year” is divided up into multiple sub-specialty rotations in order to introduce new post-graduates into their new clinical role, and is designed to build a solid foundation for excellent and safe patient care. The typical PGY-1 rotation track is delineated below:

– Trauma Service
August – Trauma ICU Service
September – Otorhinolaryngology Service
October – Pediatric ICU Service
November – Neuro-ophthalmology Service
December – Neuro-anesthesiology Service
January June – Neurological ICU Service

PGY- 2:
July – JuneJunior Resident:
Adult Neurosurgical Service at OU Medical Center

PGY- 3:
July – JuneJunior Resident:
Pediatric Neurosurgical Service at The Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma &
The Oklahoma City Veteran’s Administration

 PGY- 4-5:
July – June
These two years are divided among elective rotations and the adult neurosurgery service. Residents are expected to take the American Board of Neurological Surgeons primary exam for credit with a passing score during the PGY-5 year.

 PGY- 6:
July – June Chief Resident:
This is the chief resident year. During this time the residents take over the supervision of the adult neurosurgery service while engaging in a substantial operative experience.

PGY- 7:
July – JuneChief Resident:
The final year of training is dedicated to the residents' subspecialization or research interest. Although still a part of the call rotation, the PGY 7 residents are not a regular part of the adult or pediatric service.

Call Schedule

In-House Call is divided amongst the PGY – 2 through PGY – 5 residents and is on average every fourth night.

Home-Call (Back-up Call) is divided between the PGY – 6 and PGY – 7 residents with alternating weekend coverage.

 Call coverage includes OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma City Veterans Hospital. All facilities are within walking distance of each other and each contains dedicated sleeping quarters.

Work hour policies set forth by the ACGME are strictly enforced.


Each PGY-2 receives a $1000 Loupe fund and each subsequent year receives an $800 flexible book fund

A cell phone is provided by the department for each resident

Additional Department issued meal cards are reloaded monthly to augment OUHSC-GME dispensed meal cards for use on-call.

 Residents who have material accepted for presentation at national meetings are allowed to attend at the expense of the department. During the PGY – 5, 6, & 7 year, residents are allowed time off for participation in educational conferences/national meetings.

Resident Health, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance are provided at no additional cost

 Three white coats are provided to each resident per year starting from PGY – 1 and up.

 Resident Parking in close proximity to all neurosurgery covered facilities is provided at no charge

 Pagers are provided at no charge to all residents

Vacation / Time-Off

 Residents are allotted 15 days of paid vacation per year, not including attendance at national neurosurgery meetings or fellowship interviews.

 Residents are authorized 15 days of paid sick leave per year

 Residents PGY – 5 and greater are authorized up to 5 days per year of paid educational leave

 Skills Training

Residents have unlimited access to the Skull Base/Temporal Bone Dissection Lab and/or the Spine Dissection/Instrumentation Lab. Both are fully equipped with necessary equipment for further study and training. Multiple hands-on teaching sessions are held throughout the academic year by various Faculty to help facilitate the development of fundamental operative skills as well as foster an in depth knowledge basis for neurosurgical operative anatomy.


Monday Mornings: Alternating monthly Neuropathology, Biostatistics, Neuro-anatomy, Operative Planning, Board Review

 Friday Mornings: Alternating monthly Mortality and Morbidity, Neuroradiology, Case Conference, Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Basic Science, Cerebrovascular Conference, and Board Review

Residents are not required, but highly-encouraged, to participate in bi-monthly Adult and Pediatric Tumor Board as well as Adult Spine Conference.

 Clinic / Outpatient Education

The Adult Neurosurgical Service holds outpatient clinic weekly and is staffed by an alternating Neurosurgical attending

 The Children’s Neurosurgical Service attends three weekly half-day clinics with the pediatric Neurosurgery attendings

 The Junior Resident on the VA/Children’s Neurosurgical Service attends clinic weekly at the VA.

 During the PGY-4 year, participation in outpatient clinic with various Faculty is also possible and encouraged to help pursue all aspects of particular Neurosurgical subspecialties.

 Facilities Overview

 The Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is a large medical campus located immediately northeast of downtown Oklahoma City and just south of the State Capital Building complex. It has direct access to Interstates 35 and 40-the major north-south and east-west highways linking the region. The Oklahoma Health Center comprises over twenty biomedical enterprises. It includes the OU Medical Center (OUMC) hospital complex, The Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, the State Health Department, the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Dean McGee Eye Institute, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, and multiple biotechnology and biomedical research corporations.