We take pride in our conference system. Our residents are actively involved weekly in journal club conference, board review preparation and successful completion of part I of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (written examination). We upload all our conferences for later review in a virtual web space provided by UTMB "ispace". This has enhanced our capability to store information for present and future residents improving our academic experience. In addition we provide schedules and handbooks both for current and rotating residents on-service.
Click here for a description of the conference schedule during each rotation.
We focus our academic efforts into practical teaching sessions. These are focused on cadaver lab, microsurgery skills and simulation exercises. We have integrated our Skull Base Laboratory and Neurosurgery Simulation Laboratory into the weekly teaching of our residents. Please take a minute to explore our 2013-2014 Neurosurgery curriculum and its corresponding Faculty Teaching Schedule. These will be constantly evaluated for improvement, since the goal is to achieve the necessary "Neurosurgery Milestones" within each academic year, in the most efficient way possible.
Publication of manuscripts is encouraged. In the last 2 years our residents have published 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery (Pediatrics), Child Nervous System, Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, Skull Base, Neurocritical care, Acta Neurochirurgica, Journal of Clinical Neuroscience and others. Each resident is encouraged to publish at least one manuscript per year and participate in a national meeting.
Link to publications on PubMed
There are extensive research facilities on the UTMB campus with separate whole buildings dedicated to Pharmacology, Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Anatomy and Pathology, and more. The Division of Neurosurgery has dedicated to it about 1100 square feet of wet bench lab space in the separate Surgical Research Building adjacent to the main hospital. In addition to animal surgical and animal care facilities that are part of the surgical research building, many types of equipment are available including "gene Chip" cDNA array analysis, Northerns, Western Blot, tissue culture, HPLC, many types of microscopy (including Macro, fluoro and confocal).
For the clinical projects, there is an IRB and a separate inter-department service (GCRC) for conducting clinical trials with "time-shared" study coordinators experienced in compliance with protocols and data gathering. This service can make possible participation in trials that otherwise would not support a study coordinator because of highly selective admission criteria and expected small patient accrual.
The UTMB Department of Surgery maintains a "manuscript office" for help with the production aspects of articles for publication, and grant writing. On campus there are basic artist, graphic design and advanced photography services available on a contract or per job basis.
There is an institutional office of sponsored programs that assists with application for and administration of outside funding. UTMB has internal funding available (through the Sealy-Smith and Moody Foundations as well as through institutional grants) on a competitive basis for pilot and small projects.