In 2006 Carilion took a bold step in its academic mission of training the physician specialists of the future by launching a Neurosurgery Residency Training Program. The training program has rapidly expanded and flourished. It is intimately involved with the Virginia Tech- Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute and the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. According to proud Program Director Dr. Gary Simonds “At Carilion we have the facilities, the support, the research opportunities, and the faculty to offer a first rate training experience. Frankly it would be a crime not to employ these tremendous assets to the training of the next generation of neurosurgeons.”
Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery trains graduates of Osteopathic Medical Schools to become practicing neurosurgeons. Positions in the training program are extremely competitive. Only one applicant is accepted per year. Top medical students from across the country vie for the position.
The residency extends over 7 years, beyond medical school. Included in the training is a single cranial-oriented out rotation at INOVA Hospital in Fairfax Virginia. Training is intensive with heavy emphasis on surgical decision making, critical medical thinking, and hands-on surgical experience. Rigorous conference and lecture schedules are backed by extensive textbook and medical journal reading assignments. Furthermore high-level research opportunities are abundant through Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute and Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “By the end of training we anticipate that our Residents to be able to fit into any practice or academic program in the country” states Dr. Simonds.