Department of Neurosurgery Curriculum: PGY-2

PGY-2/NS2: Neurosurgery/Neuroradiology/Neuropathology

1.Neurosurgery LIJ: This rotation features concentrated experience in pediatric neurosurgery and epilepsy surgery, along with general neurosurgical practice. The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, an integrated facility on the LIJMC campus, is a nationally recognized pediatric hospital. Neurosurgical care is provided by two fellowship-trained and board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons. This rotation teaches residents the fundamentals of pediatric neurosurgery that they will apply as senior and chief residents on the Long Island Jewish Medical Center site.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System epilepsy program is based at LIJ, and includes full-time epileptologists and a 4-bed unit for inpatient video EEG monitoring.

2.Neuroradiology/Neuropathology: Residents learn the radiological approach to image interpretation at the NSUH campus, which is staffed by four fellowship-trained neuroradiologists. This includes instruction in functional neuroimaging, using functional MRI  and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and positron emission tomography. Neuropathology instruction is under the auspices of two fellowship-trained neuropathologists and includes understanding techniques and interpretation of intraoperative pathology, immunohistochemistry and molecular genetics. Residents take call on the neurosurgery service during this rotation, which provides them with the opportunity to strengthen their management and operative skills.

3.Neurosurgery:  Residents devote their time to increasing neurosurgical management and operative skills as junior residents, at the NSUH and LIJ campuses. At NSUH, residents are introduced to the principles of stereotactic radiosurgery and participate in patient planning and treatment.