The Society of Neurological Surgeons Resident Courses

SNS PGY1 Boot Camp Courses

Dear Program Directors and Residency Coordinators:

2018 marks the 10th year of SNS resident education courses supporting the efforts of program directors and residency coordinators as they manage the educational needs and meet milestone requirements for residents in training. Over the past decade, the SNS has developed three offerings to support your programs across the continuum of resident education. We believe that these courses provide critical information for residents that supplements what individual programs offer.

SNS educational offerings begin with the Intern Boot Camp, which provides fundamental knowledge and skills training that is essential for the transition of medical students to active medical professionals. This is followed by the Junior Resident Course at the end of intern year, which prepares trainees to progress to the junior resident level through a clinical scenario- and simulation-based educational experience. The final course is the Senior Resident Course, which assists residents with their transition to faculty practice via didactics and small group sessions focused on a variety of socioeconomic and practice issues that are traditionally not taught in residency training. We strongly encourage you and your residents to take advantage of all three educational opportunities.

Please save the dates for the 2018 SNS Resident Education Series:

2018 Intern Boot Camps:

July 6-7:

July 13-14:

July 20-21:

2018 Junior Resident Courses:

UCSD - March 1-2
Indiana University - April 11-12
Weill-Cornell - June 14-15

2018 Senior Resident Course:

New Orleans - April 29 (AANS Annual Meeting)

More information will be made available via email and through the SNS website as we get it updated with course information and materials for the coming year. Please free to reach out to me with questions, comments and/or course suggestions. You may also contact Joni Shulman, who has recently accepted a position within the SNS to administrate all of the SNS Resident Courses. Joni can be reached at

Best Regards,

Gregory J. Zipfel, MD
National Course Director
Society of Neurological Surgeons Resident Courses

Cc: Rich Byrne, Nate Selden and Nick Barbaro

PGY1 Boot Camp Course Handbook

2018 PGY1 Course Study Material

Required Pre-Course Lectures for Review

Professionalism, Supervision, and Pearls   [Powerpoint without narration]
ICP Management   [Powerpoint without narration]
Patient Safety and Clinical Communications   [Powerpoint without narration]

Optional Course Lectures for Review

Neurological and Neurotrauma Assessment
Emergency Cranial Radiology Assessment
Emergency Spinal Radiological Assessment
Emergency Evaluation and Management of Hydrocephalus Shunt Patients
Making the Incision: Surgical Pause to Scalp Blood Supply
Airway Management and Intubation

Craniotomy Skills Stations

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

Procedural checklists – Neurosurgical bedside procedures


  • Universal preparation (done for all procedures)
  • Ventriculostomy
  • Intracranial pressure monitor
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Placement of lumbar catheter (epidural / subarachnoid)
  • Shunt chamber tap
  • Transfontanelle / bur hole tap
  • Externalization of ventriculoperitoneal shunt
  • Halo / tong application, cervical traction

2018 Junior Resident Course

March 1-2, 2018
West Coast - UCSD, San Diego, CA - Site Directors, Alexander Khalessi, MD and Joseph Ciacci, MD

April 11-12, 2018
Midwest - Indianapolis University, Indianapolis, IN - Site Directors, Scott Shapiro, MD and Dave Limbrick, Jr., MD, PhD

June 14-15, 2018
East Coast - Weill Cornell, NY, NY - Site Director, Michael Kaplitt, MD, PhD

SNS Resident Course Administrator for Intern Boot Camp and Junior Resident Course:

Please contact: Joni Shulman -

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

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
Quality Improvement in Neurosurgery
Safety and Surgical Checklists
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

The Society of Neurological Surgeons Subcommittee on Boot Camp Courses

Daniel Barrow
Joseph Ciacci
E. Sander Connolly
Bruce Ehni
Richard Ellenbogen
Sean Grady
Isabele Germano
Costas Hadjipanayis
Michael Haglund
Carl Heilman
Michael Kaplitt
Alex Khalessi
Ricardo Jorge Komotar
Tom Origitano
Vikram Prabhu
Philip Steig
Chris Winfree
Julian Wu

For questions, please contact Dr. Zipfel,


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