Residency Program Ranked in Top Ten in Country

Pittsburgh, September 10, 2014 -- The University of Pittsburgh neurological surgery residency program was ranked among the top 10 neurological surgery programs in the country in a peer review process that included over 17,000 board-certified physicians nationwide. The survey was conducted by Doximity, a Silicon Valley-based national physician network created to help healthcare professionals grow and collaborate.

"The strength of our busy program lies in the high quality of our trainees and faculty, supported by our excellent infrastructure," commented L. Dade Lunsford, MD, Lars Leksell Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the neurosurgery residency program. "Melissa Lukehart, our resident coordinator, has been key."

The ranking process was part of a larger initiative by Doximity to create an online discovery tool for senior medical students. This tool, called Residency Navigator, puts information such as subspecialization rates, board-pass rates, alumni network geography and other useful data in the hands of students, helping them learn about programs that fit their own personal career and training goals.

The University of Pittsburgh neurological surgery program is a seven-year (PGY 1-7) residency program that is internationally renowned as a training ground for exceptional neurosurgeons. Accredited by the UPMC Graduate Medical Education Council, as well as the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the program's goal is to provide exceptional clinical and scientific education to top-notch medical school graduates. The program focuses on training to maximize medical knowledge, build patient care skills, and provide for practice-based and systems-based learning.

(Read U.S. News & World Report Health's article on Residency Navigator.)