Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
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Research Training

The neurological surgery residency program at Northwestern University takes the responsibility of training in research seriously. We understand, however, that not all of our residents are interested in basic science research and support a broad definition of research amongst our residents. Learn more about research curriculum for residents below.

Clinical Research

Many opportunities for clinical research exist both within and outside of our department. These opportunities include analysis of single-surgeon case logs as well as usage of institutional resources like the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW). Should you find yourself particularly drawn to clinical research and have an interest in participating in clinical trials, a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI), would be available to pursue during your elective years (PGY 5 & 6).

Computational Research

Northwestern University is an outstanding place to pursue computational research interests including computational neuroimaging and computational genetics investigations. In addition to departmental opportunities to pursue such interests, the institution offers a Masters in Data Science, which could be considered during your elective years (PGY 5 & 6).

Basic Science Research

Many opportunities for basic science research exist both within and outside of our department. The Neurological Surgery Department at Northwestern is home to seven clinician-scientists (Lesniak, Horbinski, Saratsis, Sonabend, Tate, Bandt) and five basic science investigators (Ahmed, Balyasnikova, Hashizume, James, Wainwright). Each of these members of the faculty welcomes involvement from residents during the elective years (PGY 5 & 6) and will assist with project selection and grant editing.

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