The neurosurgical residency program curriculum and evaluation process has incorporated the six ACGME core competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice). Learning goals and objectives for each postgraduate year have been developed and we employ commensurate resident evaluation tools using a 360-degree evaluation instrument. Using this tool, residents are evaluated by the faculty and their fellow residents, as well as by the nursing and clerical staff.
The program director meets with each resident on a quarterly basis to discuss issues of knowledge, skill and academic growth, including professional conduct. The basis for this discussion will be the 360-degree evaluations concerning the performance of each of the residents.
Copies of these evaluations will be provided to and discussed with each resident. Advancement to positions of higher responsibility is based on evidence of satisfactory progressive scholarship and professional growth. The program director will also provide a written final evaluation of each resident upon completion of the program.
The residents will also have the ability to formally evaluate the faculty, the program, and the educational conferences on an annual basis. This feedback is considered to be quite important for the enhancement of the training program.
Each resident is responsible for the compilation and retention of the number and types of neurosurgical operative procedures performed in all institutions and facilities.
The primary written examination of the American Board of Neurological Surgery is administered yearly. Residents in the junior years are expected to take this examination each year for self-assessment. Prior to assuming the level of chief resident, they must achieve a passing score on the examination taken for credit.