General Requirements for Applicants

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

Mary Gatto

Greg Rokosz, D.O., J.D.

Henry Rosenberg, M.D.

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