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Clinical Neurosurgical Training
Clinical Neurosurgical training has two approved sites. These include the University Hospital in Newark and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. These two sites provide exposure to a wide variety of elective cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerve operations. Residents operate with both full-time and part-time faculty. Each site has a full-time Director of Neurosurgical Education.

In addition to the standard neurosurgical procedures, residents participate in comprehensive programs in reconstructive spine surgery, epilepsy surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, operative vascular and endovascular neurosurgery, endoscopic neurosurgery, and both framed and frameless stereotactic neurosurgery. University Hospital in Newark was the first hospital in North America to have low-field (0.2 T) intra-operative MR imaging. Exposure to neurotrauma is gained mainly at University Hospital, which is a Level I state trauma center. The 12-bed neurosurgical intensive care unit (NICU) is a dedicated unit for neurosurgical patients, which is run exclusively by the neurosurgical service. This provides a superb venue for resident education in critical care management. The pediatric neurosurgical intensive care has its own full-time team of intensivists who work closely with the neurosurgical team in the care of our pediatric patients. Separate medical, surgical/trauma, and cardiothoracic intensive care units are additional resources. Dedicated step-down beds with full monitoring capabilities and critical care level nursing are present on the neurosurgical floor.

Each of the training sites has dedicated neurosurgical operating rooms. State-of-the-art imaging is available at both University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. The service has several on-going funded clinical research studies.