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Neurosurgery Residency Length Clarification

Discussion in 'Neurosurgery' started by jws32, May 16, 2014.

  1. jws32

    jws32 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2011
    I know most neurosurgery residencies are 7-8 years (, but I still see people saying "most neurosurgery residencies" and they are typically "6-8 years in length."

    After looking through every program on Freida Online there were 10 programs (Mayo Jax, Cinci, New Mexico, UCSF, UNC, etc.) that listed 6 years as the "accredited and required length of training." Is this only because the programs don't officially include the PGY-1 into the program, and they view it as the PGY-1 plus 6 year neurosurgery residency? After looking at the actual websites of the programs, I realized all of them still had a total of 7 years of training.

    After searching on SDN and Uncle Harvey (which doesn't work) I can't find any concrete answers. To boil it all down--is there such a thing as a true 6 year neurosurgery residency program anymore? Should/can we stop saying "most" when talking about the length of residencies if they are all at least 7 years of training (PGY-1 to PGY-7)?
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  3. jws32

    jws32 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2011
    So if I'm reading correctly some programs with 6 years of total training are...

    Wake Forest

    (Please add to and/or correct the list if I'm misunderstood)
  4. jws32

    jws32 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2011
    As you all can tell I am confused because many of the program's online information seems contradictory. For example...

    The first line says it's a 7 year program (

    You see 6 years outlined during the residency, not 7 ( & (

    -thanks for your help
  5. N1D

    N1D 2+ Year Member

    Nov 14, 2009
    all are now 7 years after the ACGME changed policy. Some of the websites for the individual programs have not updated their curriculum, so may show that they are a 6 year program.
  6. mmmcdowe

    mmmcdowe Duke of minimal vowels Moderator Physician Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    All programs are seven, a couple try to do it in six (meaning your chief as a six) and leave you that last year open to do other stuff like in folded fellowships (Duke comes to mind), but most do not.

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