The osteopathic neurosurgical residency program at RWJBarnabas Health is
a 6 year program following a year of internship completed at an AOA approved
program preferably at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. It is academically
affiliated with the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational
Consortium (OPTI-NYCOMEX) of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).
The candidates must be graduates of approved osteopathic medical schools.
The program, which is approved for 2 (two) resident per year for 7 (seven)
years, is administered by the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery
(INNS) at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the largest health care provider
in the State of New Jersey. It is affiliated with the Hackensack University
Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey where residents spent approximately
half of their training.
Applicants are accepted into the neurosurgical residency program after
the completion of the 4th year of medical school and placed into a linked
internship program which includes required general rotations with emphasis
on neurosurgery related specialties. In rare instances a candidate may
be accepted after his internship elsewhere. All applicants must have good
scores on their national boards, and three letters of recommendation.
They must submit with their application a two page essay as to why they
want to become neurosurgeons.
The candidates must spend at least two weeks rotating on the neurosurgery
service either during their 4th year of medical school or during their
internship. Students spending their time at SBMC have the advantage of
getting to know the program and the attendings and we strongly recommend
that they do so.
The program is directed by Otakar R. Hubschmann, M.D. and supervised and
administered by Gregory Rokosz, D.O., J.D., who is the Osteopathic Director
of Medical Education at RWJBarnabas Health and by Dr. Henry Rosenberg
who is the Director of Medical Education at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Dr. Joseph Koziol who is the Director of Complex Spine Surgery at SBMC
is the Associate Program Director. Dr. Arno Fried who is also Chairman
of Department of Neurosciences at The Hackensack University Medical Center
and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Dr. Patrick Roth, Chairman
of the Department of Neurosurgery are the Associate Program Directors at HUMC.
Interested applicants should contact:
M. Judy Gibson, Residency Program Coordinator
Greg Rokosz, D.O., J.D.
Henry Rosenberg, M.D.