Program Details - Carilion Clinic - Virginia Tech

(540) 981-8345
1906 Belleview Ave/Neurosurgery

Roanoke ,VA 24014
United States of America

Residency Program Information

Program Director: Sandeep Mittal, MD, FRCSC, FAANS, FACS
Residency Coordinator(s):  Erica Smith
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PROGRAM Details:
Year Training Program Established: 2008
# of Residents per Year: 1
Number of Neurosurgical Faculty: 9
Neurosurgical Department's Annual Case: 1800
Amount of Annual Book Fund per Resident:
Dedicated Research Time:YES
During PGY Year:PGY 1, PGY 2, PGY 3, PGY 4, PGY 5, PGY 6, PGY 7
Resident Call Responsibilities: One in every 5th to 6th night. The remainder are covered by physician assistants.
Cadaver Lab: YES
How Often and What Type of Lab: Skull base lab in development.Virtual labs.Cadaver labs at two local medical schools.Semi-annual industry cadaver labs.Saw-bones labs.
Publication Requirement: 1 per year per resident.
Primary Training Hospital: Carillon Medical Center - Virginia Tech Carillon School of Medicine
Additional Hospitals in Training Program: UVA
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Program Philosophy: The principal responsibility of Carillon Clinic - Virginia Tech Carillon Neurosurgery (CC-VTC Neurosurgery) residents is to learn to become superlative neurosurgeons. We are well supported by physician assistants and nurse practitioners in order to remove residents from mundane and repetitive tasks, and to focus on educationally enriching ones. Surgical cases and research opportunities are in great abundance. Financial support for a panoply of educational activities is readily available. We are small enough to afford each resident a tailored and focused educational experience, yet large enough to offer residents extensive experience in the full array of neurosurgical pathology. We believe in the production of superb technical, ethical, balanced, intellectually curious, accomplished, and happy neurosurgeons. We focus on seven principal domains in resident education. Firstly, we strive to produce exceptional clinical neurosurgeons. Our residents operate a lot and care for many patients. The second area of intense focus is the development of critical thinking in the residents. Rote learning and "by the book" approaches to neurological disorders are anathema. The third guiding principal is that of intellectual curiosity. We expect all our residents to be neuroscientists as well as surgical neurologists. The fourth domain involves teaching residents to be educators. Opportunities to educate learners of all levels abound. The fifth area of interest is that of resident resilience. Our program has become a leader in the field of prevention of resident burnout and the development of resilience. The seventh domain is to perpetuate a dynamism and excitement in the training program. We strive to continuously modify our training paradigm to make it current, interesting, exceptional and fun. Yes, we said fun. One cannot hide in this residency. Faculty are always around and are always challenging residents to perform at their best.
Outline of Rotations: Traditional
Available Enfolded Fellowships: Pending
% OF Finishing Residents Passing ABNS Oral Exam 1st over 5 years: 100% AOBNS
Last 10 Finishing Residents Initial Job/Fellowship: Fellowship- Pediatrics Emory Fellowship- Neuro-oncology M.D. Anderson Fellowship- Skull Base Saint Louis University Fellowship- Skull Base Saint Louis University Fellowship- Skull Base Swedish Seattle Fellowship- Complex Spine UC Davis Fellowship- Complex Spine University of Washington Fellowship- Complex Spine Cooperstown New York Fellowship- Endovascular Nashville Neurosurgery Group (Robert Mericle) Medical System Group Practice- Dothan Alabama

Research Opportunities: Across the board clinical research. Burnout and Resilience in neurosurgeons. Effects on surgical fine motor skills. Genetic marker and modification in gliomas through the Virginia Tech Carillon Research Institute (VTCRI). Computational neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, head injury neuroscience, micro-neurochemical environments, and more through VTCRI and the Virginia tech College of Health Sciences and Technology. Glioma genetic research, peri-tumoral excitability, tumor cell mobility, behavioral neuroscience, computational neuroscience and more through the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience.
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Travel Allowance: YES
Conference Schedule: All residents required to attend academics on Tuesday afternoons from 13:00 to 18:00. Academics include clinical grand rounds, M&M, basic neuroscience lectures, review of assigned book chapters, Greenberg review, mock boards, surgical approaches, mock patient interviews, mock legal depositions, research reviews, resilience-building, weekly exercise session, internet video reviews, college-bowl neuroscience quizzes, and much more. Wednesday morning neuro-oncology. Epilepsy conference. Functional Conference. Monthly dinner with the Program Director. Monthly journal club dinner. Monthly resilience-dinner. All residents have unlimited funding for regional and national courses and meetings.

Number of Interview Sessions: 4
Length of Interview (Days): Monday Night Dinner with Residents Lodging Provided Tuesday early morning- hospital tour with program director Tuesday morning- interview with individual faculty members Tuesday afternoon- attend department academic activities Late Tuesday afternoon- group interview with residents
Number of Applicants Interviewed: 30