Our 7-year, ACGME-accredited training program was developed by some of the best minds in neurosurgery. It offers a rare balance and strengths in both research and surgical training. 

Residents are exposed to high clinical volume and thorough immersion in every subspecialty including pediatrics. They learn directly from faculty members who are all experts in their respective fields, providing outstanding preparation for careers in academic and private practice.

  • Weekly didactic curriculum
  • Up to 24 months protected research time
  • 6-month Ireland rotation

Curriculum

The curriculum provides comprehensive exposure to neurosurgery subspecialties. Supportive mentorship with early autonomy builds decision-making skills.

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Protected research time

Neurosurgery residents have up to two years of protected research time to focus on projects in the neurosciences. 

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Train here, thrive anywhere

Sixty percent of our graduates go into academics at other leading medical centers. Among our graduates from the past 20 years are eight division chiefs and chairs and six professors.

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Learning environment

Camaraderie and collaboration are hallmarks of the WashU Med experience.

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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.

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Participate in our virtual sub-internship 

Join us for one session or our entire series of 45-minute events for medical students going into neurosurgery.

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Apply and visit

Find all the details about completing the application process, interviewing and visiting campus.

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Benefits and leave support

All policies and procedures pertaining to residents, including stipends and benefits, are maintained by the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.