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2015 PGY1 Boot Camp Courses

The SNS Boot Camp Fundamental Skills Course is designed to introduce important principles of neurosurgical care to PGY 1 Residents. Complete with lecture and hands-on lab sessions, residents will be educated on professionalism, communications, hierarchical supervision, and basic procedural skills relevant to internship and junior residency.

Fundamentals of Neurosurgery Boot Camp, a letter from Richard W. Byrne MD,
National Course Director, Society of Neurological Surgeons Resident Courses,

July 10-11, 2015
Western Region – Portland
Midwestern Region – Chicago

July 17-18, 2015
New England/New York Region Boston
Southwestern Region Houston

July 24-25, 2015
Southern Region Atlanta
Mid-Atlantic Region Philadephia

Course Registration Links

2015 SNS Boot Camp Fundamental Skills Course Brochures

2014 PGY1 Boot Camp Courses

July 11-12, 2014
Western Region – Portland
Midwestern Region – Chicago

July 18-19, 2014
Southwestern Region – Houston
New England/New York Region – Boston

July 25-26, 2014
Southern Region – Atlanta
Mid-Atlantic Region – Philadephia

Resident Course Registration:

  1. Chicago
  2. Portland
  3. Boston
  4. Houston
  5. Atlanta
  6. Philadelphia

Faculty Course Registration:

  1. Chicago
  2. Portland
  3. Boston
  4. Houston
  5. Atlanta
  6. Philadelphia

Resident Reference Material

  1. Small Group Patient Cases 1-6
  2. Small Group Patient Cases 7-14
  3. Unstable Neurosurgical Patient- Large Group Discussion   [Powerpoint without narration]
  4. OSAT Form
  5. Curriculum Update
  6. SANS Test
  7. Procedural Checklists

2013 SNS Boot Camp Fundamental Skills Course Brochures

  1. Atlanta, GA July 26-27, 2013 (PDF)
  2. Boston, MA July 19-20, 2013 Region (PDF)
  3. Chicago, IL July 12-13, 2013 (PDF)
  4. Houston, TX July 19-20, 2013 (PDF)
  5. Philadelphia, PA July 26-27, 2013 (PDF)
  6. Portland, OR July 12-13, 2012 (PDF)

Course registration information and assistance are also available through the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, please contact Lisa O’Brien at ljo@1cns.org

Regional Course Centers, Directors, and Administrators

Residency Program Assignments by Regional Course

SNS PGY1 Boot Camp Handbook

Course Completion Certificate Curricular Details

Standardized Lecture Videos

Professionalism, Supervision, and Pearls   [Powerpoint without narration]
Neurological and Neurotrauma Assessment
Emergency Cranial Radiology Assessment
Emergency Spinal Radiological Assessment
ICP Management   [Powerpoint without narration]
Emergency Evaluation and Management of Hydrocephalus Shunt Patients
Making the Incision: Surgical Pause to Scalp Blood Supply
Patient Safety and Clinical Communications   [Powerpoint without narration]
Airway Management and Intubation

Craniotomy Skills Stations

Drilling and Bone Dissection
Craniotomy Flap
Dural Closure and Duraplasty
Skin Closure

2016 Junior Resident Course

March 31-April 2, 2016
West Coast UCSD, San Diego, Site Co-Director, Joseph Ciacci, MD,
Alexander Khalessi, MD, Site Co-Director

April 16-18, 2015
Midwest Washington University, St. Louis, Site Director, Gregory Zipfel, MD

May 19-20, 2016
East Coast Cornell, NY, Site Director, Michael Kaplitt, MD

National Course Director Intro

Junior Resident Course Centers, Directors, Administrative Contacts

SNS Junior Resident Course Region List

SNS Course Book

Pre-Study Material:

Radiation Safety
Cerebral Vascular Anatomy
Principles of Neuronavigation
Ventricular Anatomy
Surgical Anatomy of the Spine

Standardized Lecture PowerPoint Files

Cerebral Vascular Anatomy
Disclosure of Medical Errors and Risk Management
Handoffs Lecture
ICU Simulator Paper 2010
Leadership and Professionalism in an Era of Neurosurgical Exceptionalism
Medical Leadership for Neurosurgery
OR Crisis
Cranial Fixation
Post-Operative and Chronic Pain Management in Neurological Surgery
Principles of Neuronavigation: Frame and Frameless
Quality Improvement in Neurosurgery
Safety and Surgical Checklists
Surgical Anatomy of the Spine
Informed Consent
Informed Consent Exercise
ICU Crisis
ICU Scenarios 1-4
Goals of Model Based Skills Simulations
Goals of Cadaver Based Surgical Skills
Breaking Bad News
Ventricular Anatomy

The Society of Neurological Surgeons Subcommittee on Boot Camp Courses

Alex Khalessi
Bruce Ehni
Carl Heilman
Costas Hadjipanayis
Daniel Barrow
Jim Schuster
Joseph Ciacci
Julian Wu
Raymond Sawaya
Ricardo Jorge Komotar
Rich Ellenbogen
E. Sander Connolly
Sean Grady
Chris Winfree
J. Mocco
Michael Kaplitt
Gregory Zipfel
Michael Haglund
John Popp
Philip Steig
Tom Origitano
Valerie Anderson
Scott Shapiro

For questions, please contact Dr. Byrne, richard_w_byrne@rush.edu


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