Academic Mission and Goals
The Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center is committed to training future leaders and innovators in academic neurological surgery. Our core mission is to foster the development of the cognitive, technical, academic, administrative and humanistic capabilities of our residents and to train them to become highly motivated, confident, and clinically excellent neurological surgeons, equipped to contribute to the advancement of neurosurgery through the improvement of patient care and through the discovery, implementation and evaluation of new treatments and technologies.
- Encourage our residents to become patient-centered neurosurgeons. It is our goal to produce neurosurgeons who are not only skilled in the technical aspects of their specialty, but who also appreciate the humanistic side of the practice of medicine, and are committed to dealing with patients and families in a compassionate and humanistic way.
- Develop the individual strengths of our residents. We recognize that each resident brings their own specific talents, challenges, and career goals to our program. Our faculty members meet regularly with each resident to allow an ongoing evaluation of how the training program is benefiting that resident, and to mark the resident’s progress within it.
- Train our residents to become highly motivated, well-rounded neurosurgeons who will contribute to the field of neurosurgery and to society as a whole. Our program is organized around subspecialty rotations that allow an in-depth clinical experience in all areas of neurosurgery, during which residents see patients at the initial clinic evaluation and then follow them through the treatment and post-operative portions of their care. Through these experiences, together with our commitment to each individual trainee, our goal is to produce neurosurgeons who have a deep and thorough understanding of all our field’s aspects and possibilities.
- Provide our residents with graduated levels of responsibility in patient evaluation, management and surgery. Over the seven years of our residency training program, as residents rotate through the various services at NYU Langone Medical Center and its affiliates, they will steadily progress from supervised patient care providers and surgical assistants to competent practitioners who can function and operate “independently” under faculty supervision.
- Help our residents recognize that our specialty, like all fields of medicine, is a work in progress. While we’re committed to training excellent neurosurgeons as our primary goal, we also want our trainees to continue contributing to our field’s advancement throughout their careers. Indeed, one of our prime objectives is to encourage residents to pursue academic careers that will enrich the specialty further. At the same time, it is stressed that our field primarily provides service to our fellow man; our efforts must have value to each individual patient, and the financial and human cost must always be justified.
- Teach our residents that patient care is a team effort. In neurosurgery, each member of the team is equally important in attaining satisfactory patient outcomes. The team includes floor nurses, nurse practitioners, operating room personnel, social workers, case managers, consultants and house staff from other services, fellow neurosurgical residents and medical students, and our trainees’ consultant neurosurgeons. The residents in our program learn to appreciate, value and encourage the contributions of all these important team members.