Rounds, weekly teaching conferences and other educational activities allow residents and neurological surgery faculty to work as a team. The material presented at these conferences provides residents with current information directly applicable to neurosurgical patient issues.
Rounds are conducted twice a day, in the morning and late afternoon, after operative cases are completed. During rounds, team members are updated on each patient’s status. The attending physician is present and provides further education and medical expertise.
Epilepsy Conference convenes every Tuesday at 8:00 AM and brings together pediatric and adult surgical and medical epileptologists.
Neurosurgery Grand Rounds are held every Friday at 7:00 AM (1st Friday is Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Conference). This series consists of presentations by neurosurgery faculty, fellows, residents, and visiting professors on a variety of neuroscience topics.
Journal Club is held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM. This conference is coordinated by Christopher Wolfla, MD, to provide critical review of literature related to the care and evaluation of patients with neurosurgical disorders.
Neuroscience Lecture Series
Neuroscience Lecture Series is held every Wednesday at 7:30 AM. William Cullinan, PhD teaches this series. It utilizes a didactic lecture-type format of topics in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology for neurosurgery residents and faculty.
Neurovascular Case Conference
Neurovascular Case Conference is held every Thursday at 4:00 PM. Interesting neurovascular cases are reviewed and discussed by residents, fellows and faculty.
Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board
Tumor Board is held every Wednesday at 7:00 AM and consists of interdisciplinary case discussions and treatment planning for patients with brain tumors. Neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, and radiation oncologists participate in the Neuro-Oncology Conference. A separate Pediatric Neuro-Oncology tumor board is held every Wednesday at 12 noon, offering the same interdisciplinary interaction for the pediatric patients.
Spine Tumor Board
Spine Tumor Board is held monthly on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM in lieu of Journal Club. The conference consists of interdisciplinary case discussions and treatment planning for patients with spine tumors. Neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, and radiation oncologists participate in the Spine Tumor Board Conference.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
The Pediatric or Adult Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM. Faculty and residents review each death and complication the preceding month. Interesting cases are discussed in depth.
Neurosurgery Case Conference
The Neurosurgery Case Conference is held on a Monday every other month at 5:00 PM. Residents identify interesting neurosurgical cases to be reviewed and discussed by residents, fellows and faculty.
Neurosurgery Clinicopathological Conference
Neurosurgery Clinicopathological Conference is held on the fourth Friday of every month at 7:00 AM. This is a multidisciplinary conference that incorporates neuroradiology and neuropathology to review interesting neurosurgical cases.
There are several other conference sessions that may be of interest to the neurosurgical resident including Neurology and Surgery Grand Rounds, Cerebrovascular, Neuro-ophthalmology, and Neuropathology Case Conferences. The residents may attend, as they are available.