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About the Neurosurgery Residency Program

During their first year, interns spend six months with the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYP/WCMC) general surgery service. Subsequently, three months are spent in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, one month is spent providing neurointervention/neuroradiology service, one month is spent providing neurology consultation service, and one month is spent as a neurological surgery service intern. Interns learn the basics of neurological examination as well as differential diagnosis, neuroradiology, and neurosurgical intensive care.

Weill Cornell Medicine Neurosurgery Residency

The PGY-2 and PGY-3 years are divided into four-week blocks. This time in the junior residency is divided between NYP/WCMC and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), with a night-float call system in place at NYP/WCMC. During the academic year (July through June), PGY-2 residents spend five blocks on day-float and three blocks on night-float at NYP/WCMC; the remaining five blocks are spent at MSKCC. PGY-3 residents spend six blocks serving as primary operating residents at the NYP/WCMC, four blocks providing pediatric neurosurgery service, two blocks on night-float and one block at MSKCC.

The PGY-4 and PGY-5 years are spent pursuing a research interest under the sponsorship of either neurological surgery staff or basic science faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering, or Rockefeller University. Residents may also complete complex spine or interventional neuroradiology subspecialty training during this time.

During the PGY-6 year, residents divide their time between NYP/WCMC and MSKCC, serving as senior residents of service at NYP/WCMC and chiefs of service at MSKCC. During their PGY-7 year, residents serve as chiefs of service at NYP/WCMC.

Application for Residency

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). Submit all required documents, including a master application, a personal statement, letters of recommendation (four max) and Medical Student Performance Evaulation (MSPE), via ERAS.

The PGY-1 year is a categorical year of training under the direction of Weill Cornell Medicine neurosurgeons. It is not necessary to match and interview separately with General Surgery for the PGY-1 internship year.

We continue to accept applicants with Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification; however, we only accept J-1 visas.

Weill Cornell Medicine Neurosurgery Residency

Program Director

Michael Kaplitt, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 746-5149
Fax: (212) 746-8146

Associate Program Director

Jeffrey Greenfield, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 746-2363
Fax: (212) 746-7729

Program Coordinator

Neria Douglass
Phone: (212) 746-9819
Fax: (212) 746-8226

Neurological Surgery 525 E. 68th St., Starr 651, Box 99 New York, NY 10065