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Neurosurgery Resident Life

The University of Michigan Medical School Neurosurgery Residency Program boasts a vibrant and supportive resident life. Residents in the program experience a dynamic blend of rigorous academic training and a nurturing environment that fosters both personal and professional growth.

With access to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research opportunities, residents at the University of Michigan engage in hands-on clinical experiences that span the breadth of neurosurgery, from complex brain and spine surgeries to innovative treatments.

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Beyond the operating room, residents find camaraderie in their colleagues, enjoying a close-knit network of peers and mentors who encourage collaboration, mentorship, and a commitment to excellence. This unique blend of academic rigor and community is enhanced by the culturally rich environment of Ann Arbor, which offers a diverse array of sporting events, music festivals, and culinary experiences, creating a well-rounded and enriching experience for those embarking on a career in this demanding and rewarding field.

Awards & Honors

Our residents continue to win many prestigious institutional awards as well as awards from many national organizations, and, most importantly, have been able to secure grants and research funding for their two years of dedicated research time.

Some notable awards and honors from the past ten years include:

  • Cancer Biology Training Grant
  • Cloward Fellowship from the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  • The CNS Basic/Translational Resident Research Fellowship
  • The CNS Galbraith Award
  • The CNS Innovation Fellowship Award
  • The CNS Resident Research Award
  • The CNS Spine Fellowship
  • The CNS Wilder Penfield Award
  • Codman Fellowship in Trauma and Critical Care
  • Cone Pevehouse Award
  • Coulter Translational Research Partnership Grant
  • CSNS Socioeconomic Fellowship
  • The Louise Eisenhardt Travel Scholarship
  • Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation/American Academy of Neurological Surgery Research Fellowship
  • The NINDS/Surgical Neurology Clinical Fellowship (NIH)
  • The NINDS R25 Training Grant: University of Michigan Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program
  • Preuss Research Award from the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors
  • Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons Research Award
  • Robert J. Dempsey, MD, Cerebrovascular Research Award of the Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery of the AANS/CNS
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar Program
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship (NRSA F32) from the National Cancer Institute
  • T32 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Post-Doctoral Training Grant
  • The U.S. Senate Health Policy Fellow
  • The University of Michigan Emergency Medicine Residency Consultant of the Year
  • The University of Toronto Brain Tumor Research Training Grant
Resident Wellness

In the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Neurosurgery, it’s important to us that our residents find joy in their work. The Neurosurgery Resident Wellness Initiative provides residents with strategies to prevent burnout and increase self-care.

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Hear from our graduates

The truth is, I arrived expecting to duck my head and trudge through my internship, learning nothing but bitterness along the way, but my experience here has been nothing short of fantastic.

Anthony Wang, MD
Class of 2014
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