Program Details - National Institutes of Health

(301) 496-9460
10 Center Dr. Rm. 3D20

Bethesda ,MD 20892-0001
United States of America

Residency Program Information

Program Director: John D. Heiss, MD, FAANS
Residency Coordinator(s):  Kaitlyn Benson
Coordinator Email(s):
Coordinator Phone(s):  (301) 496-9460

PROGRAM Details:
Year Training Program Established: 2009
# of Residents per Year: 1
Number of Neurosurgical Faculty: 17
Neurosurgical Department's Annual Case: 3400
Amount of Annual Book Fund per Resident: 1500
Dedicated Research Time:
During PGY Year:PGY 3, PGY 4, PGY 5
Resident Call Responsibilities: Yes. In-house call every sixth night during PGY 2 and first half of PGY 3 at the University of Virginia. Call from home every 3 to 4 nights at the National Institutes of Health during the second half of PGY 3 and from PGY 4 to PGY 6. Call from home every third night at the University of Virginia during the chief residency year (PGY 7).
Cadaver Lab: YES
How Often and What Type of Lab: Bi-monthly cadaver laboratories for neurosurgical gross and microscopic dissection and training of operative approaches while at the University of Virginia.
Publication Requirement: 1 manuscript per year averaged over 7 years.
Primary Training Hospital: Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health
Additional Hospitals in Training Program: University of Virginia Health System
Faculty names and specialties:
Number of Training Programs in Institution:

Program Philosophy: The Surgical Neurology Branch of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH) offers an innovative 7-year, ACGME-accredited Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program in collaboration with the University of Virginia. The primary goal and objective of the residency program is to be a model for training outstanding clinical neurosurgeons with unparalleled experience and expertise in laboratory and clinical research, equipping them to become academic leaders in neurosurgery. Based on a research curriculum, the program is designed to provide its trainees with a systematic learning experience that provides them with neurosurgical and research knowledge and skills and prepares them to be outstanding clinicians and independent researchers upon graduation.
Outline of Rotations: PGY 1, PGY 2 and first half of PGY 3 at the University of Virginia performing clinical rotations. Second half of PGY 3, PGY 4, and first half of PGY 5 spent on dedicated research rotations at the National Institutes of Health. Second half of PGY 5 and entire PGY 6 performing junior and senior level clinical responsibilities at the National Institutes of Health. PGY 7, Chief year, spent at the University of Virginia.
Available Enfolded Fellowships: None
% OF Finishing Residents Passing ABNS Oral Exam 1st over 5 years: N/A: 1st Graduate July 1, 2017
Last 10 Finishing Residents Initial Job/Fellowship: House Clinic Neurosurgical Associate Fellowship in Skull-base surgery and Neurosurgical Oncology - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship - University of Utah

Research Opportunities: Glioma immunotherapy, glioma drug development, mechanisms of brain tumor growth and edema, congenital tumor syndromes, Cushing's Disease, syringomyelia, epilepsy, neural mechanisms of cognitive function, brain machine interfaces, human neurophysiology
#IRBs: 2 IRB's at the NIH: 1 to review and oversee nervous system-related protocols and another to review and oversee neurooncology trials. 16 active clinical protocols.
Research support personnel:
Research Funding/Grants:

Travel Allowance: YES
Conference Schedule: Tues. 9:00 - 10:30 AM: Clinical Neuroscience Grand Rounds Wed. 2:30 ? 3:30 PM: Neuropathology Wed. 3:30 ? 4:30 PM: Case Review Thurs. 8:00 ? 9:00 AM: Mortality & Morbidity, Tumor Board, Journal Club, Case Conference Thurs. 9:00 - 10:00 AM: Scientific Conference Sat. 7:30 ? 9:30 AM: University of Virginia Neurosurgery Conference (Teleconference for residents while they are at the National Institutes of Health)

Number of Interview Sessions: 2
Length of Interview (Days): 4 days total: Wednesday night dinner. Thursday interview at the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. Friday interview and dinner at the University of Virginia. Saturday morning dissection laboratory experience at the University of Virginia.
Number of Applicants Interviewed: 24