Clinical and Subspecialties Rotations

Residents have the opportunity to practice in a variety of settings including our outpatient clinic and skull base and microsurgical laboratory in addition to a variety of subspeciality rotations. This helps support growth in clinical judgment and decision-making, as well as the development of surgical skills. 

Serving a population of more than 2-million people the majority of training takes place at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center which includes:

Download our Neurosurgery Residency Program Subspecialties Rotations Overview and Highlights Guide for full descriptions (PDF).


Call Schedule

PGY 1-4 residents have in-house call four to five times per month.

  • PGY-1 residents take overnight in-house call with a PGY-4 resident providing direct supervision and clinical education
  • PGY-5 to -7 residents take home call
  • A food stipend is provided for on-call residents
  • Spine call is split with the orthopedic spine service two weeks at a time

Conferences and Didactics

Clinical training is augmented with:

  • Weekly didactic operative grand rounds
  • Weekly resident continuity clinic
  • Monthly journal club
  • Monthly conferences in:
    • Neurovascular
    • Neurooncology
    • Neuroradiology
    • Neuropathology
    • Neurointensive care
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality conference
  • Monthly spinal and cranial cadaveric dissection courses in:
    • Surgical skull base approaches
    • Microneurosurgery
    • Neural and vascular microsurgical anastomoses
  • Yearly two-day cranial and spine cadaveric courses
  • Semi-annual visiting professorships in cranial and spinal neurosurgery

The department funds attendance at one national neurosurgical conference during the Post-Graduate Year (PGY)-2 or -3 years.