Program Details - New York Medical College

(914) 594-2517
40 Sunshine Cottage Rd

Valhalla ,NY 10595
United States of America

Residency Program Information

Program Director: Chirag D. Gandhi, MD, FACS, FAANS, Meic H. Schmidt, MD, MBA, FAANS
Residency Coordinator(s):  Christine Loscri
Coordinator Email(s):
Coordinator Phone(s):  (914) 493-8795

PROGRAM Details:
Year Training Program Established: 1990
# of Residents per Year: 1
Number of Neurosurgical Faculty: 12
Neurosurgical Department's Annual Case: 2600
Amount of Annual Book Fund per Resident: 650
Dedicated Research Time:
During PGY Year:PGY 5
Resident Call Responsibilities: WMC/NYMC Neurosurgery utilizes a night-float rotation to be in full compliance with the New York State 405 and ACGME workforce regulations.
Cadaver Lab: YES
How Often and What Type of Lab: Annual Spine Cadaver lab 3-4 skull base labs each year Annual Endovascular Simulation Course
Publication Requirement: No official requirement. Our residents all graduate with multiple publications since they are constantly working on research their whole residencies.
Primary Training Hospital: Westchester Medical Center
Additional Hospitals in Training Program: Hackensack University Medical Center
Faculty names and specialties:
Number of Training Programs in Institution:

Program Philosophy: We pride ourselves on the highest level of patient care and comprehensive resident education comprising of both clinical excellence and neurosurgical research. From this, emerged many successful and highly respected graduates who have pursued careers in all the branches of neurosurgical sub specialization. We strive for excellence in all of our endeavors-whether clinical or educational. We take particular pride in the complexity of cases that we manage and in striving to achieve the best outcomes through advances in research and implementing the latest technological advances. Our departmental leadership is nationally recognized as experts in neurosurgery and with our recent additions of subspecialized faculty, there is a sense of renewed optimism and many great expectations for the near future. We are fully confident that based on the pillars of clinical excellence, academic opportunity, and mentorship, the WMC/NYMC residency in neurological surgery will continue to flourish and excel as we train the future neurosurgeons of the next generation.
Outline of Rotations:
Available Enfolded Fellowships:
% OF Finishing Residents Passing ABNS Oral Exam 1st over 5 years: 100
Last 10 Finishing Residents Initial Job/Fellowship: 1. Fellowship: Columbia University, Endovascular Surgery 2. Fellowship: Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Pediatric Neurosurgery 3. Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Complex Spine Surgery 4. Fellowship: The University of Virginia, Complex Spine Surgery 5. Fellowship: The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 6. Fellowship: University of Utah, Skull-Base Surgery 7. Fellowship: Emory University, Neuro-Oncology & William Van Wagenen Fellowship, University of Bonn 8. Fellowship: University of Indiana, Endovascular Surgery 9. Fellowship: Johns Hopkins, Complex Spine Surgery & Spine Oncology 10. Fellowship: Children's Memorial Hospital, Pediatric Neurosurgery

Research Opportunities: The Department of Neurosurgery is heavily involved in research and publication. The neurosurgery residents have a protected year of dedicated basic science and clinical research. Research meetings are held monthly to discuss the progress of various research projects and publications. The residents? work during this year leads to many awards, publications, and presentations at regional and national meetings. We had two NREF awardees, one Van Wagenen awardee and numerous New York State and New York City research awardees under the mentorship of our Research Associate Professor and Director, Meena Jhanwar-Uniyal, PhD. The Department of Neurosurgery?s basic science research is done under the mentorship of Dr. Meena Jhanwar-Uniyal. Under her supervision, residents get research training in translational and regenerative medicine, with hands-on training in laboratory research. Areas of research includes: molecular genetic aspects of brain tumors such as Glioblastoma, Medulloblastoma and metastatic brain tumors. The WMC Neurosurgery clinical research program is led by Dr. Christian Bowers under the direction of Dr. Meic Schmidt. The approximately 20 ongoing projects represent a broad range of clinical questions in neurosurgery, with a focus on surgical outcomes and risk factor stratification. Frailty, or the overall health status of elderly patients, is one of the innovative areas of ongoing investigation along with strategies for avoidance in TBI, neuro-oncology, cerebrovascular, and spinal surgery. The research effort is supported by the neurosurgery residents and fellows along with nearly 50 medical students with the goal of creating a world-class, grant funded research enterprise.
#IRBs: 15-30 active IRBs
Research support personnel:
Research Funding/Grants:

Travel Allowance: YES
Conference Schedule: Once a month on a Monday: Multidisciplinary Trauma Conference Every other Tuesday: Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board Wednesday is academic day which comprises of a variation of the following conferences each week: NICU Rounds Multidisciplinary Spine Conference Chief of Service Rounds Indications Conference Research Meeting Grand Rounds CQI Resident Case Conference Joint CV Conference Combined Neurosurgery/Neurology Conference Journal Club

Number of Interview Sessions: 3
Length of Interview (Days): Tuesday Night: Dinner with the Residents Wednesday: Interview Day Attend morning conference Attend Intro to the Residency Program by Program Director Interviews/Tour Day Adjourned around 2/3PM
Number of Applicants Interviewed: 35