Education and Training

Education within the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery is designed to provide a broad neurosurgical background for the medical student, and an exposure to subspecialty neurosurgery as well as an opportunity for residents to engage in both clinical and basic research. In addition, the department offers a unique international fellowship program.

The UAMS Department of Neurosurgery also offers numerous courses and educational opportunities for Neurosurgeons in other practices and residents in other neurosurgery programs.

Medical Students

Junior medical students are assigned to neurology and neurosurgery for a four-week rotation, and senior electives are available for fourth-year students. Residents will instruct students at all levels.

Courses offered by the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery:

Advanced Skull Base Surgical Training Course (Designed for Neurosurgical Residents)

This two and one half day course is specifically designed for neurosurgical residents in their final two years of training who desire to enhance their skills on microneurosurgery of cranial base lesions. This course will emphasize hands-on laboratory training with a limited number of participants in order to maximize learning from cadaveric dissection and interaction with expert faculty. The curriculum will cover the spectrum of anterior, central, middle, and posterior skull base approaches and techniques. Case examples and discussions will also help the participant understand the indications, advantages, and disadvantages of employing the various cranial base techniques in their practice.

Advanced Considerations of Complex Brain Tumor Resection: A White Matter and Complex Approach Dissection Course

This two and one half day course is designed for practicing neurosurgeons. This course will emphasize hands-on laboratory training with a one-to-one specimen-to-participant ratio to maximize the experience. Program highlights will include Klinger method brain white matter dissection, virtual reality dissection, and rehearsal of complex approaches through cadaver dissection.

Further information on all of these courses can be obtained by contacting Amy Keeland by email at