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Neurological Surgery

Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Director: Steven S. Yocom, DO
Positions: 12

Our ACGME accredited program is designed to provide residents with comprehensive training in clinical neurosurgery. During the program, our residents will have training opportunities in all of the neurosurgical disciplines.

We rotate through four different hospitals, including two regional level-one trauma centers and a pediatric level-one trauma center. We serve various communities throughout Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey with the best care these regions have to offer. The program incorporates 18 months of dedicated research time.

Program overview

Our goal is to expose residents to didactic and clinical experiences to train competent specialists in neurological surgery. The program is designed to correlate basic science information with the clinical manifestations of diseases of the nervous system with particular emphasis on those disorders treated with surgical therapies. Our residents participate in two complementary core services in junior, mid-level and chief resident capacities. We evaluate our residents progress through frequent evaluations and performance against yearly goals.

By the conclusion of the program, we expect our residents to become capable, knowledgeable and caring neurosurgeons who are proficient in managing a variety of pathologies and caseloads. Our graduates have gone on to conduct very successful practices throughout all regions of the United States.


At each hospital, chief residents are in charge of all didactic lectures, i.e. core curriculum, case presentations and journal club. Residents also participate in the education of interns and medical students. There are daily morning reports and lectures, weekly grand rounds and mandatory meetings of groups such as the Tumor Board, Spine Conference, Neurovascular Conference, Endocrine Conference and Morbidity and Mortality Conference.

Participating healthcare sites

Application process

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service for Applicants (ERAS).


Notice to Applicants

All applicants for the PCOM Residency programs must be legally authorized to work in the United States. 


Current residents

Program contact

For more information about this program, please contact:

Melanie LaPenta
Manager, Graduate Medical Education
Phone: 215-871-6694


Department of Graduate Medical Education

Department of Graduate Medical Education
4190 City Avenue, Suite 409
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 1-800-778-4723