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August 14, 2014 / drrobertcach

Earning Board Certification in Neurosurgery

Dr. Robert Cach is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been practicing for more than 16 years. In addition to his work as owner and operator of the Idaho Neurological Center, Dr. Robert Cach currently treats patients at Mountain View Hospital and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Individuals seeking board certification in the field of neurosurgery must first complete a number of residency training requirements, beginning with 72 months in a training program that has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The bulk of this residency training should be dedicated to areas of core clinical neurosurgery and conclude with 12 months as a chief resident. This training period should include three months of basic neuroscience training within the first year and a half and six months of structured education in general patient care. Residents must follow up on general patient care with three months of critical care training focused on neurosurgery.

Individuals preparing for board certification must also spend two and a half years studying and practicing in a specialty field, such as complex spinal surgery, neuropathology, pediatric neurosurgery, or research. In some cases, work toward a PhD degree may count toward the required 30 months.

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