Our nationally recognized programs prepare the next generation of extraordinary neurosurgeons and neurosurgeon-scientists. Trainees experience the full spectrum of neurosurgery care in our rich training environment.

Exceptional surgical training

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Train with pioneers in neurosurgery

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Hands-on, high volume clinical training

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World-class research opportunities

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Enjoyable life outside the hospital


The 7-year residency program exposes trainees to high clinical volumes and immersion in every subspecialty. 

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One-year fellowships provide advanced training in subspecialties.

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Medical student training

The department offers a number of opportunities for medical students considering neurosurgery careers.

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Learning environment

Camaraderie and collaboration are hallmarks of the WashU Med experience. Trainees thrive surrounded by supportive attendings who provide oversight but promote autonomy through hands-on, high-volume clinical experiences. 

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Life outside the hospital

Our trainees are often surprised by how easy it is to build a life outside the hospital — socializing with supportive colleagues and exploring our fun, affordable city.