Goal of Our Program

Residency Training Program

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The Massachusetts General Hospital neurosurgery residency program aims to train the next generation of neurosurgical leaders. We have a long and proud tradition of training neurosurgeons who have made major clinical and scientific contributions to the field of neurosurgery. Our department is dynamic, growing and strongly positioned in both clinical and scientific areas to continue to lead and innovate in neurosurgery.

‘...We aim to produce excellent clinical surgeons with a passion for pushing forward the frontiers of neurosurgery...’

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Program Philosophy

Residency Training Program

Our philosophy is grounded in exposing residents to a large volume of high-quality cases, spanning the breadth of neurosurgery. Mass General is the largest hospital in New England and a tertiary referral center attracting both national and international patients. Our neurosurgical residents are trained in both the surgical and nonsurgical management of neurosurgical disease. Chief residents are expected to operate and function at the highest level as they transition to junior faculty members.

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Clinical Training and Research

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In addition to the unparalleled clinical training, our residents dedicate two years to research, a clinical fellowship or pursue an advanced degree. Most residents spend two years in a laboratory of their choice as part of the residency training. The research opportunities in the Boston area are unrivaled and include Mass General (the largest recipient of NIH funding among U.S. hospitals), Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Broad Institute, Dana Farber Cancer Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to traditional scientific and clinical fellowship efforts, residents have also pursued advanced degrees (MPH and MBA) at Harvard University.

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Multidisciplinary Team

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The program is designed to allow residents to concentrate on neurosurgery and to still have time for personal growth. The hospital has excellent ancillary staff in nursing, hematology, radiology, and other services so that residents can focus their energies. In addition, we have a dedicated seventeen-bed Neuroscience ICU that is staffed continuously. Finally, there is a tradition in the program of respect and camaraderie among the residents, and between the residents and staff which leads to an exceptionally supportive and stimulating educational environment. The combination of excellent clinical training, superb research, and the many outstanding opportunities available at the MGH allows graduating residents to successfully pursue the career track of their choice.

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