Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Training Curriculum

The department is the current recipient of a career development grant from the National Institutes of Health for translational research in cerebrovascular malformations and the mentoring of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees in patient-oriented research, developing future neurosurgical leaders who are dedicated to continued scientific innovation.

Learn more about research curriculum for residents below. Use the tabs to see the objectives for the different post graduate years.

Curriculum Objectives for Junior Residents

Objectives to be achieved during regular PGY2-3 clinical rotations

  1. To review the published literature about a clinical topic or problem, including review articles, systemic reviews, meta-analyses, and electronic databases
  2. To assess a publication for clinical methodology and potential sources of bias
  3. To articulate relevant standards, guidelines and options regarding a clinical topic or problem, and distinguish among these levels of evidence
  4. To summarize and present literature review in PowerPoint or other presentation software
  5. To participate as co-author in writing projects yielding at least one peer reviewed journal publication, solicited chapter or scientific presentation at extramural meeting per year of residency

Objectives to be achieved during junior elective/neuroradiology/neuropathology rotation (3 months)

  1. To select a track for future senior level elective/research training (clinical subspecialty versus clinician investigator tracks) and a field of subspecialty training or scientific development per the respective track
  2. To select a faculty research adviser in a clinical subspecialty field  (clinical subspecialty track) or scientific laboratory (clinician investigator track) to oversee future elective/research training
  3. To articulate a scientific question, relevant hypothesis, specific aims and methods of investigation (including data to be collected and methods of statistical analysis) in relevance to clinical subspecialty or research area of interest
  4. To outline goals/objectives of senior level elective/research training, and obtain approval from respective adviser and Residency Program Director
  5. To complete training module in human investigation and/or animal research training as appropriate for area of interest
  6. To write a review article on clinical subspecialty field or area of research interest, or a formal grant or fellowship proposal (this may fulfill the year’s publication requirement outlined above)

Curriculum Objectives for Senior Residents

Objectives to be achieved during regular PGY4-6 clinical rotations

  1. To achieve graduated maturation in analysis of literature about a clinical topic or problem, including the ability to synthesize and present the practical literature to junior trainees, medical students and paramedical personnel
  2. To demonstrate graduated maturation in analysis of clinical research methodology in published literature, and levels of evidence in relation to problems on clinical rotations and related morbidity and mortality
  3. To demonstrate graduated mastery of relevant knowledge and research methods related to chosen subspecialty or scientific development field
  4. To prepare appropriately for senior elective/research rotation by focusing and revising the research or training plan with assistance of respective mentors
  5. To participate as co-author in writing projects yielding at least one peer reviewed journal publication, solicited chapter or scientific presentation at extramural meeting per year of residency

Objectives to be achieved in senior level elective/research rotation (9-12 months)

  1. To achieve specialized training in the advanced methods of the respective subspecialty or scientific area and related translational research applications to neurosurgery
  2. To demonstrate advanced knowledge of the research literature relevant to the subspecialty or scientific area of elective/research rotation, and to communicate this knowledge in clinical and teaching conferences
  3. To meet specific objectives outlined in elective/research rotation plan approved by respective elective/research adviser, including demonstration of appropriate research skills related to subspecialty or scientific area
  4. To complete a scientific report based on activities during senior elective/research rotation and obtain approval of this report by respective faculty adviser and the Residency Program Director (this may fulfill the year’s publication requirement outlined above)
  5. To articulate a senior career development plan to apply skills approved during elective/research rotation, including plans for future training or research development as appropriate, and to obtain approval for this plan by the respective faculty adviser and Residency Program Director

Curriculum Objectives for Chief Residents

  1. To demonstrate leadership in the understanding and demonstration of levels of evidence and critical analysis of published literature
  2. To achieve a mature understanding of research methodology in relation to clinical topics or problems, including sources of bias, appropriate data analysis, and related levels of evidence
  3. To teach clinical and scientific research methodologies to junior trainees and paramedical personnel and to integrate these in clinical conferences and rounds.
  4. To apply literature standards in rendering judgment on levels of evidence and critique of surgical indications and morbidity and mortality
  5. To implement senior career development plan in the search for post-residency training or employment in consultation with respective faculty adviser, the Residency Program Director and the Department Chair.