Program Components

The Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program at Montefiore and our Albert Einstein College of Medicine admits one to two residents each year for seven years of clinical and research training that challenges them with graduated responsibilities and progressive independence.

After the internship year, the clinical rotations are structured at both the junior and senior levels (two years each) followed by one year of in-depth training or research, culminating in a final year as a chief resident.


The Department of Neurological Surgery is organized along subspecialty lines with concentrated experience in the areas of cerebrovascular disease; neuro-oncology and skull-base surgery; and spinal, functional and pediatric neurosurgery. Each rotation is structured to ensure a graded and increasing level of responsibility as the resident progresses through the training.

We also offer peripheral nerve surgery rotations with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

A Broader Curriculum

In addition to clinical and surgical training, the curriculum offers educational and didactic opportunities in both informal and formal settings.

A formal weekly lecture series covers a number of important topics in preparation for the written boards. The program also includes neurosurgery grand rounds and spine and vascular conferences as well as tumor board and operative conferences. The weekly resident forum meeting provides residents with a platform to discuss concerns and ideas and encourages the active involvement of residents in the programmatic and clinical curriculum.

Regular journal clubs, the Morbidity and Mortality Conference, cadaveric dissection courses and an educational program utilizing the infrastructures provided by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AOSpine and industry-sponsored courses all provide well-rounded and in-depth exposure to the entire spectrum of clinical neurosurgery. In addition, all residents participate in a hospital-sponsored patient safety and medical ethics conference. Finally, our residents have the chance to gain experience in global neurosurgery through an annual neurosurgical mission program to Mongolia.