The resident is expected to undertake substantive research resulting—as a minimum—in publishing one report in a peer-reviewed basic science journal, and making one podium presentation at a significant national neurosurgical meeting.
The resident is expected to make a presentation at each monthly faculty meeting on the status of his/her work. This presentation provides the opportunity for faculty input and guidance, and it ensures that the resident's research is moving at the appropriate pace.
The resident also is expected to attend all neurosurgical educational conferences.
A year dedicated to laboratory research provides a unique opportunity for learning, investigation and analysis in a neurosurgical concentration and related disciplines. This year furnishes the resident with an otherwise unobtainable experience. The critical assessment and independent investigative analysis will serve him/her well, regardless of the chosen subspecialty area.