Didactics and Rotations


These are the weekly didactic conferences for the Neurosurgery Department.  Schedules may be subject to change on occasion.

6:30 - 7:15 AM
Pediatric Conference
Spine Conference
Vascular Conference
Tumor Conference
6:45 - 7:45 AM
M&M Conference
Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds
Resident/Faculty Meeting
6:30 - 7:15 AM
Critical Care
Journal Club

The Department offers each resident the opportunity to attend one national Neurosurgery conference a year.  Registration, travel, and lodging are all prepaid by the Department.  The Department also provides an annual educational fund via the purchase of new neurosurgical books based upon the level of training.


Most of the training is done at the UK Medical Center.  Neurosurgery rotations will include the VA Medical Center, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as the possibility of subspecialty rotations.


The final year of the program is the Chief Resident year.  The Chief Residents alternate administrative chief duties every three months.  The administrative chief makes the call schedule, resident assignments, and assumes overall ownership of the UK neurosurgery service.  Both chiefs must be knowledgeable of the entire patient census, and the junior residents are able to review consults or ask for guidance from either chief at any time


Residents this year split their time between UK and research/subspecialty training.  Research projects established earlier in their residency continue or if subspecialty training is desired, spend his/her time at another institution.  It is usually Q4 chief call but should a PGY6 spend his/her subspecialty/research time at another institution, the other chief residents will be Q3 chief call.


This year is divided between research and the Veteran’s Administrative hospital.  Six months will be spent between the two with the VA neurosurgery service being managed by the PGY-5s.  Operative cases are staffed with the attending on call at the VA.  While on research, the PGY-5 will remain knowledgeable of the VA neurosurgery service in order to fulfill VA call responsibilities.  With no UK neurosurgery responsibilities, each PGY-5 resident is expected to have a productive year with regards to writing and publishing manuscripts.


This year is spent entirely on the neurosurgery service at the University of Kentucky.  Q4 call is paired with the PGY-2 residents and this resident provides guidance to the PGY-2s with regards to patient evaluation and management.  They assist the PGY-2s with all bedside procedures (ventriculostomy, cervical traction, etc…) and assumes the role of “floor chief” and supervises the interns on the service.  Each PGY-4 rounds on the floor census every day he/she is in the hospital.  Each PGY-4 resident will choose a research mentor in preparation of their PGY-5 year.

PGY-2 & PGY 3

The next two years are spent at the University of Kentucky on the neurosurgery service, critical care service, and neuroanatomy/neuropathology/neuroradiology services.  The junior resident is responsible for consultations, the management of all ICU patients, and supervising the interns in the care of the floor census.  At all times, a chief or senior level resident is available for assistance to the junior call resident.


The rotations of this internship are designed to fill the needs of those planning for a neurosurgical career.  This year of training is split between rotations in surgery (general surgery and neurosurgery) and in the neurosciences.  The neuroscience rotation includes:

- Neurology inpatient service

- Neurology Consultation Service

- Neuro-ophthalmology