Program Details - Univ. of Missouri/Columbia

(573) 882-4909
One Hospital Dr./MC321 McHaney Hall

Columbia ,MO 65212
United States of America

Residency Program Information

Program Director: N. Scott Litofsky, MD, FAANS
Residency Coordinator(s):  Alison Gorman
Coordinator Email(s):
Coordinator Phone(s):  (573) 882-3957

PROGRAM Details:
Year Training Program Established: 1965
# of Residents per Year: 1
Number of Neurosurgical Faculty: 4
Neurosurgical Department's Annual Case: 2000
Amount of Annual Book Fund per Resident: 750
Dedicated Research Time:YES
During PGY Year:PGY 5
Resident Call Responsibilities: Yes, junior residents average 1 day in 5 of at home call. Senior residents take Chief Resident Call from home.
Cadaver Lab: YES
How Often and What Type of Lab: Semiannual or Triannual Cadaver Labs
Publication Requirement: PGY 1-4, 6-7 - One manuscript per year recommended PGY 5 (Research Year) - Two manuscripts required
Primary Training Hospital: University of Missouri Health Care (University Hospital, Women's and Children's Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center)
Additional Hospitals in Training Program: Harry S. Truman Memorial Hospital
Faculty names and specialties:
Number of Training Programs in Institution: 51

Program Philosophy: The Neurological Surgery Residency Program of the University of Missouri is driven by an outstanding and dedicated faculty committed to training the best and brightest neurosurgical residents. Residents are individually mentored, evaluated and promoted, and are regularly asked to participate in continual program improvement efforts. This structure enables residents to develop into neurosurgical leaders in their chosen specialty area. We offer a comprehensive seven-year ACGME accredited residency-training program, which includes a dedicated research year. As a small seven-year program with only one resident per year, residents have close relationships with each faculty member, optimizing individualized learning. Graduates of our program pursue fellowship, academic positions, and private practice opportunities in neurological surgery. Training takes place with University of Missouri Health Care, which encompasses University Hospital, Women?s and Children?s Hospital, and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, as well as Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital which provide outstanding clinical neurosurgery education for residents. The program offers a large neurosurgical case volume, and chief residents complete the program with more than 2,000 cases. Scholarship is highly encouraged throughout the residency program with all residents holding active research projects in the division. Our program also has a dedicated research year during the fifth year fifth year of the program, allowing residents to concentrate on projects conceptualized and/or begun in earlier years of the program. Residents work with mentors from our faculty, the Translational Neuroscience Center, and/or interface with others outside the School of Medicine including those from the Veterinary, Engineering, or Business Colleges. The residency program is supportive of academic endeavors and readily reimburses residents who present their research at national conferences.
Outline of Rotations:
Available Enfolded Fellowships: Neurocritical Care
% OF Finishing Residents Passing ABNS Oral Exam 1st over 5 years: 100
Last 10 Finishing Residents Initial Job/Fellowship: Private Practice; Seattle, Washington Fellowship; NeuroOncology, Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida Private Practice; Columbus, Ohio Fellowship; Neuroendovascular, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York Fellowship; Neurosurgery Rural Fellowship, Centra's Brain and Spine Institute, Lynchburg, Virginia Private Practice; Kansas City, Missouri Private Practice; Amarillo, Texas

Research Opportunities: Ongoing projects in the laboratory Evaluation of the role of anemia in functional outcome after traumatic brain injury utilizing a reproducible laboratory model of compression brain injury in mice. Future studies will incorporate the role of hypoxia as it relates to neuro-inflammatory response of anemia on brain injury. This study includes behavioral assessments, histopathology, immunohistochemistry and special stains. Evaluations of biomarkers to aid as prognostic indicators in the diagnosis and treatment of meningioma following surgical resection. This study utilizes archival clinical data and immunohistochemistry of pathology specimens spanning over 20 years. Incorporating digital imaging analyses and clinical outcome, this study is attempting to correlate the combination of three specific biomarkers to reoccurrence of meningioma and/or death. Future project in the laboratory Characterization of the proteomic cascade corresponding to the anatomic changes of apoptosis and cell death at the point of no return in acute ischemic stroke utilizing the rat stroke model. The knowledge of these biochemical changes may allow development of new effective therapeutic strategies, and more importantly, the design of a neuroprotective agent that can counter this cascade of events for patients at high risk for the (re)occurrence of a stroke. Recent studies in the laboratory Recent studies initially focusing on the investigation of the potential role of neural stem cells in the pathogenesis of primary CNS lymphomas, resulted in portions of his work being present in poster form at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Research Day and at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuropathologists.
Research support personnel:
Research Funding/Grants:

Travel Allowance: YES
Conference Schedule: Residency Curricular Conferences Basic & Clinical Review (Education) Conference, 7:00 a.m. 1st 2nd, 5th Wednesday Chief?s Rounds, 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Education Committee, 10:00 a.m. 3rd Wednesday Journal Club, 9:00 a.m. 1st Wednesday Morbidity and Mortality (Quality Assurance), 6:30 a.m., 4th Wednesday Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, 8:05 a.m. Wednesday 1st Wednesday - Guest Speaker, Faculty Speaker, or Resident Speaker 2nd Wednesday - Multi-Disciplinary Neuro-Oncology 3rd Wednesday - Multi-Disciplinary Neurovascular 4th, 5th Wednesday - Neurology and Critical Care Topics Neuropathology Conference, 11:00 a.m. 1st, 3rd, 5th Wednesday Neuroradiology Case Conference, 9:00 a.m. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Wednesday Research Conference, 6:30 a.m. 2nd Wednesday Technology Conference, 5:30 p.m. 3rd Wednesday Other Inter-Departmental Conferences Epilepsy Conference, 8:00 a.m. 1st Thursday Multi-Disciplinary Spine Conference, 6:30 a.m. 3rd Friday

Number of Interview Sessions: 4
Length of Interview (Days): Tuesday evening dinner with residents, Wednesday interviews
Number of Applicants Interviewed: 30