Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI)

A constituent college of

Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), PUDUCHERRY


Residency program

The MCh training program is a three-year post- MS (General Surgery) course. It is designed to prepare the trainees for an independent private practice, an academic neurosurgical career or further sup-specialty training. The curriculum was developed with the training requirements as detailed by Neurological Society of India as the foundation. It uses a competency-based model with additional stress on skills development. Didactic teaching sessions, problem-based learning, clinical case discussions, pre-operative planning discussions, simulation-based training exercises etc. all form part of the training.

The Department has an operative load of about 400 cases/year which cover all varieties of complex brain and spine surgeries (both elective and emergency), including Craniospinal trauma, Brain tumours, Acoustic neuromas, endoscopic transsphenoidal pituitary surgery, skull base surgery, surgery for epilepsy, microsurgical clipping of aneurysms, Craniovertebral junction surgeries, instrumented spinal fusions etc. The residents progressively improve their operative skill set and by the time they complete residency, they can independently handle trauma, emergency neurosurgical procedures, basic spine surgeries and craniotomies. The surgical skills training is further aided by a microneurosurgical lab and White matter dissection lab, which are recent addition in 2020. The resident training also includes peripheral postings in major neurosurgical centres for further exposure.

The Hospital is equipped with advanced infrastructure required for Neurosurgery which include a Carl Zeiss operating microscope, Stryker high speed drill, Carl Storz Endoscopy, Codman Malis bipolar, CUSA, Stereotaxy, intraoperative monitoring, Intracranial pressure monitoring, 1.5 T MRI, 128 slice CT scanner and Digital Subtraction angiography. 

Clinical research is at the core of our activities. The trainees are encouraged to participate in research projects apart from their Dissertation, and present/publish their research work at state/national meetings/journals. This could be in the form of case reports, case series and clinical studies. The current focus areas in Research are:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain computer interface

Feedback from one of our residents

"The teachers are approachable and engaging. Their constant guidance helped me progressively develop my skills during the training. There was excellent clinical and hands-on operative exposure which has given me confidence for a smooth transition to independent practice."
Dr. Prasoon Saurabh