Neurosurgery Residency Hosts Annual Symposium

January 17, 2017

More than 300 PCOM neurosurgery residents, medical students and supports staff attended this year's symposium. 

The Ginsburg Auditorium was standing-room only during the 4th annual symposium of the PCOM Neurosurgery Residency Program, a collaboration of five hospital sites with approximately 20 faculty members working to provide excellent neurosurgical training to PCOM residents.

This year’s event welcomed back several alumni of the Neurosurgery Residency Program, such as Mark Rivkin, DO, with SSM Health in St. Louis; Bryan Bolinger, DO ’07, with Geisinger Health System in Camp Hill, Pa.; and Christopher Bilbao, DO ’09, with Oregon Neurosurgery in Springfield, Ore.; and others who discussed cases and treatment techniques they employ in their clinical practices.

“This is a very unique program for PCOM, and a way to highlight the excellent training our residents receive through the Neurosurgery Residency program,” said Denah Appelt, PhD, professor, neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology, and co-chair of the annual event. “We’re also so grateful that so many of our alumni came back this year to help educate our future neurosurgeons.”

The Neurosurgery Residency Program, now in its 35th year, has trained scores of skilled neurosurgeons, and is directed by Steven Yocom, DO ’93, clinical professor, neurosurgery. Dr. Yocum also co-chairs the annual symposium.

More than 300 PCOM neurosurgery residents, medical students and support staff from the program’s various neurosurgical practices attended this year’s event. The course faculty is composed of the residency program faculty.

Visit the PCOM Neurosurgery Residency page to learn more about the program.

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