Global Health Neurosurgery Residents

Applications are now being accepted each fall from internal candidates only for the Global Health Neurosurgery Residency. (See application process for details.)

Global Health Residents from the Duke Neurosurgery Residency Program extend the duration of their residency training by six months to gain specific global health core competencies. Global Health Neurosurgery Residents will apply 12 months of their non-clinical research elective time from PGY4 towards global health training. Nine months of this year will be devoted to coursework in the Master of Science in Global Health program (MSc-GH) and three months to setting up a mentored research project at a Duke University international partner site.

Beginning in PGY7, following completion of at least 36 months of clinical neurosurgery training and establishment of board eligibility, the Global Health Neurosurgery Resident will engage in clinical care and research activities for six additional months at their mentor-approved international site. Neurosurgery Residents who have successfully completed PGY2 are eligible to apply, with the approval of their Program Director. In addition to a biweekly journal club, there will be ample opportunity to access special events and lectures throughout the training program.

Resident Profiles

Download the Global Health / Neurosurgery Pathway sample Track Schedule. Tracks are tailored to the specific requirements and goals of each trainee.

Global Health Competencies for Neurosurgery

Health Disparities

  • Goals: Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for culturally competent care.
  • Objectives: Trainees will be asked to keep a log of instructive patient surgical cases in which social determinants (e.g. education, food, security, housing, early life experiences, social trauma, and gender) have played a major role in the health of a given patient. In the final month of the program, trainees will undergo an oral examination by two Duke Neurosurgery faculty in which five or more of these cases are discussed.

Third-World Surgical Procedures

  • Goals: Describe the major pathological processes, their biological alterations, and how they affect specific organ systems.
  • Objectives: Trainees will receive a number of didactic sessions taught by Duke Department of Surgery faculty on, but not limited to, basic general surgical procedures (e.g. appendectomies, cholecystectomies, long bone fracture stabilization and repair, tonsillectomy, and tracheotomy). Competency in these areas will be assessed by case-study based oral examinations administered in the final month of the program.

Public Health

  • Goals: Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes need to practice basic principles of prevention.
  • Objectives: Trainees will receive intensive didactic training in public health through the MSc-GH program. Topics of importance include research methods, program implementation and evaluation, health policy, and leadership.

For more information about the Global Health Residency within the Department of Surgery, visit the Duke Neurosurgery Residency Program website.