Fundamental skills for entering neurosurgery residents

Report of a Pacific Region "boot Camp" pilot course, 2009

Nathan R. Selden, Nicholas Barbaro, Thomas C. Origitano, Kim J. Burchiel

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Abstract

Background: Incorporation of the first postgraduate year of training into neurological surgery residencies in 2009 posed new challenges to neurosurgical educators. A "boot camp" course was held in August 2009 to introduce first year neurosurgical trainees to various fundamental cognitive and practical skills. Objective: The effectiveness of this course was evaluated by electronic survey of all trainees and faculty members. Methods: Eighteen trainees entering 5 western neurosurgical residencies (in either the first or second postgraduate year) participated in a course taught by 10 faculty members at a single host institution (Oregon Health & Science University) for 2 days. All trainees completed an online survey evaluating the relevance and quality of each didactic and hands-on course component and answered additional questions about the goals and design of the course. Faculty members were also surveyed. Results: All trainees thought the course met its goals, provided relevant and useful information and experience, and was likely to improve patient care. In particular, hands-on procedural and operative course components were highly valued. Conclusion: A fundamental skills boot camp course for first year neurosurgical trainees seems valuable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-764
Number of pages6
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Education
  • Intern
  • Neurosurgery
  • Practical
  • Skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Fundamental skills for entering neurosurgery residents : Report of a Pacific Region "boot Camp" pilot course, 2009. / Selden, Nathan R.; Barbaro, Nicholas; Origitano, Thomas C.; Burchiel, Kim J.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 68, No. 3, 03.2011, p. 759-764.

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Selden, Nathan R. ; Barbaro, Nicholas ; Origitano, Thomas C. ; Burchiel, Kim J. / Fundamental skills for entering neurosurgery residents : Report of a Pacific Region "boot Camp" pilot course, 2009. In: Neurosurgery. 2011 ; Vol. 68, No. 3. pp. 759-764.
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