BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Residents in the University at Buffalo’s
neurosurgery program achieved among the 10 highest scores on the
American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) primary examination
five times over the past 21 years, according to data compiled and
released by the ABNS.
UB’s program was one of 14 resident programs nationwide
cited by ABNS for achieving among the 10 highest scores on the
exam, which is administered each March to residents in accredited
neurosurgery residency programs.
“Our excellent ranking is a testament to the exceptional
quality of residents that participate in our program,” said
Elad Levy, MD, MBA, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery in
UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, “as
well as the innovative research conducted by our faculty and hard
work of our entire team at UB Neurosurgery.”
Other programs cited for consistently high scores on the exam
included those at the Mayo Clinic, Duke University, Washington
University, Stanford University, University of Miami, University at
California, San Francisco and others.
The primary examination is an important step for a resident to
become a neurosurgeon. Overall, the residents spend seven years in
training after medical school to become neurosurgeons. It is
designed to evaluate knowledge and provide direction for continued
learning. The exam covers information on basic sciences, critical
care, fundamental clinical skills, neuroanatomy, neurosurgery and
other topics. It is used by many training programs as a
measure of their teaching skills.
“We are one of only 101 programs in the country and to
rate in the top 10 on the exams is something for us to be proud
of,” said Mary Ann Kedron, MBA, PhD, the program’s
The neurosurgery residency training program is one of UB’s
60 residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Approximately 780 residents and fellows represent the UB School
of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences throughout the hospitals of
Western New York.