Program Details - Univ. of Utah

(801) 587-8338
175 N Medical Dr E/5th Fl

Salt Lake City ,UT 84132
United States of America

Residency Program Information

Program Director: Randy Lynn Jensen, MD, PhD, FAANS
Residency Coordinator(s):  Amy Ekins, Tana Waldram
Coordinator Email(s):,
Coordinator Phone(s):  (801) 587-8338, (801) 587-8338

PROGRAM Details:
Year Training Program Established: 1971
# of Residents per Year: 2
Number of Neurosurgical Faculty: 23
Neurosurgical Department's Annual Case:
Amount of Annual Book Fund per Resident: 300.00
Dedicated Research Time:
During PGY Year:PGY 4
Resident Call Responsibilities: Yes, two Sundays a month.
Cadaver Lab: YES
How Often and What Type of Lab: 1) Annual skull base cadaver lab 2) Annual spine cadaver lab
Publication Requirement: 2 per year
Primary Training Hospital: University of Utah Health
Additional Hospitals in Training Program: 4
Faculty names and specialties:
Number of Training Programs in Institution:

Program Philosophy: The University of Utah Neurological Surgery residency program is designed to create talented surgeons, neurosurgeon-scientists, and leaders. The program prepares individuals to become fully competent and compassionate neurological surgeons. In our training program, each resident is exposed to all aspects of neurosurgery. The rotation schedule is designed to facilitate a stepwise accrual of knowledge and expertise. Residents are given graduated levels of responsibility toward achieving competency and finally mastery of the technical aspects of neurological surgery. There are also opportunities to engage in clinical and basic science research. The residency program offers residents the opportunity to acquire knowledge and techniques that they will use in their future practices and prepares them for future leadership roles in neurosurgery. Individuals completing this program will be well prepared to practice neurosurgery, possessing a solid foundation of basic and clinical knowledge and technical skills required by this specialty. Neurosurgery residents are highly valued in our program, and we have been fortunate to attract and select individuals who have previously demonstrated their intelligence, thirst for knowledge, commitment to neurosurgery, ethical integrity, and capacity and willingness to work as a cooperative member of a health care team.
Outline of Rotations: Adult neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, endovascular neurosurgery, ambulatory clinic
Available Enfolded Fellowships: Spine, endovascular, skull base
% OF Finishing Residents Passing ABNS Oral Exam 1st over 5 years: 100
Last 10 Finishing Residents Initial Job/Fellowship: 1) Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Santa Monica, CA 2) Endovascular Fellowship - Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL 3) Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship - Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX 4) Endovascular Fellowship - Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL 5) Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Santa Monica, CA 6) Spine Fellowship - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 7) Plano, TX 8) Skull Base Fellowship - Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Seattle, WA 9) St. Bernard's Neurosurgery, Jonesboro, AR 10) Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Research Opportunities: Several options for laboratory and/or clinical research in neuro-oncology, spine, skull base, pediatric neurosurgery, and clinical trials are available. Some residents participate in relevant course work at the University of Utah School of Graduate Medicine, and several have earned graduate degrees. Residents on their elective rotations are responsible for two days per month of junior resident level call at UH as well as outpatient telemedicine clinics half day twice monthly.
#IRBs: Over 75 IRB approved trials, 25 national/international brain tumor trials
Research support personnel:
Research Funding/Grants:

Travel Allowance: YES
Conference Schedule: It is understood that residents at all levels are expected to attend the following Neurosurgery conferences when on Neurosurgery rotations: a. Grand Rounds (Wednesday mornings) b. Professor Rounds (Wednesday mornings) c. Chief Resident?s Conference (Wednesday evenings) d. Spine Indications (Wednesday mornings) e. Tumor Board (Wednesday afternoons) f. Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference (1st Wednesday of each month) g. Pediatric Neurosurgery conferences when on pediatric rotations (weekly)

Number of Interview Sessions: 7
Length of Interview (Days): Tuesday night dinner, Wednesday interview. Two interview dates of 10 candidates each day. Also interviewed 17 visiting students during their rotations July-October.
Number of Applicants Interviewed: 37