Program Details - Univ. of California/Los Angeles

(310) 794-7362
Box 690019

Los Angeles ,CA 90095
United States of America

Residency Program Information

Program Director: Marvin Bergsneider, MD, FAANS
Residency Coordinator(s):  Colleen C. Bruton, BS
Coordinator Email(s):
Coordinator Phone(s):  (310) 794-7362

PROGRAM Details:
Year Training Program Established: 1955
# of Residents per Year: 3
Number of Neurosurgical Faculty: 28
Neurosurgical Department's Annual Case: 5400
Amount of Annual Book Fund per Resident: 500
Dedicated Research Time:YES
During PGY Year:PGY 4
Resident Call Responsibilities: Yes, PGY2 Residents take 24 hour call every third day.
Cadaver Lab: YES
How Often and What Type of Lab: Yes, Monthly Anatomy Laboratory sessions.
Publication Requirement: PGY4: 3 manuscripts, PGY5-7: 4 additional manuscripts
Primary Training Hospital: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Additional Hospitals in Training Program: Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, West Los Angeles Veterans Administration, Harbor-UCLA County Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Faculty names and specialties:
Number of Training Programs in Institution: 89

Program Philosophy: The rigorous core curriculum is designed to achieve educational, clinical, and technical excellence. UCLA's clinical environment provides residents with a broad range of experience by virtue of the extensive population of patients served, the multiple facilities through which residents rotate, and the broad scope of faculty expertise. In addition to providing robust clinical training, our goal is to produce the next generation of leaders who, through innovation in basic science and/or clinical research, will advance the field of neurosurgery. The residency curriculum is geared to prepare our graduates for academic success.
Outline of Rotations:
Available Enfolded Fellowships: Functional
% OF Finishing Residents Passing ABNS Oral Exam 1st over 5 years: 92%
Last 10 Finishing Residents Initial Job/Fellowship: Private Practice - Los Angeles, CA Skull Base Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Neuro-Oncology Fellowship - MD Anderson Assistant Professor - UCLA Spine Fellowship - Northwestern Kaiser Permanente - Los Angeles, CA Kaiser Permanente - Los Angeles, CA Assistant Professor - Emory Kaiser Permanente - Los Angeles, CA Interventional Neuroradiology Fellowship - UCLA

Research Opportunities: Research Funding/Grants: ? R25 ? R21 ? U01 ? U54 ? R01 ? SPORE ? DoD ? H & H Lee Surgical Research Scholars Grant ? Central Nervous Systems Injury Laboratory o Traumatic Brain Injury: Investigating the role that abeta play in the functional recovery after TBI, utilizing transgenic tools to dissect the abeta neurodegenerative cascade in TBI, leading to potentially effective targeted treatment. o Spinal Cord Injury: In addition to understanding the molecular events surrounding SCI, laboratory efforts are focused on cell-based therapies. o Degenerative Disc Disease: Current focus of the laboratory is on enhancing the regenerative capacity of the nucleus pulposus through the use of stem cells and/or growth factors. The laboratory is investigating methods of engineering these stems cells in a rodent model to become disc chondrocytes that could be incorporated into the degenerated disc, thereby reversing the degenerative process and restoring disc function. ? Laboratory of Neuromodulation and Neuroimaging (LONN) ? Neural Systems and Dynamics Laboratory (NSDL) ? Neurosurgical Brain Mapping and Restoration Lab o Brain mapping signals are recorded using multiple modalities, including structural MRI, functional MRI, diffusion tensor MRI, electroencephalography, electrocorticography, and electrical stimulation mapping to better understand the nature and significance of brain mapping signals, both in health and in disease. The lab focuses on characterizing and classifying signals associated with normal physiological function. ? Brain Tumor and Cancer Immunotherapy Laboratory o Immunotherapies, such as dendritic cell vaccines and neoantigen targeting, for the treatment of brain cancers such as glioblastoma, meningioma, oligodendroglioma, etc. ? Rare Epilepsies & Brain Disease Tissue Bank (REBDTB) o Working collaboratively with epilepsy centers and research institutions around the world to accelerate development of new treatments that will replace the need for surgery.
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Travel Allowance: NO
Conference Schedule: Weekly Wednesday morning, two-hour conference schedule; weekly Monday morning case conference; Monthly Education Day including laboratory meetings, anatomy laboratory, sub-specialty conferences, and journal club

Number of Interview Sessions: 3
Length of Interview (Days): Tuesday night dinner, Interviews all-day Wednesday
Number of Applicants Interviewed: 50