PGY1 Boot Camp Courses

The Society of Neurological Surgeons Intern Course

Dear Residency Program Directors and Coordinators,

On behalf of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the SNS CoRE Committee, and Committee Chairman Richard Byrne, I would like to invite you to send your PGY-1 residents to participate in the SNS Intern Bootcamp: Fundamental Skills Course in July 2017. The course will again be held at six sites:

July 7-8, 2017
Chicago, IL
Portland, OR

July 14-15, 2017
Boston, MA
Houston, TX

July 21-22, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Philadelphia, PA

The course provides an opportunity to interact with senior faculty in a low key atmosphere, providing a “safe place to fail” as residents discuss neurosurgical case scenarios that they will likely encounter and learn basic procedural skills.  They will have an active role in this course, starting with basic pre-course preparation.   The course is structured in a “flipped classroom” format with an expectation of pre course study of on line narrated lectures, on line procedural videos, and the course handbook.

The course has been generously sponsored by Stryker for many years which we hope to continue, but in order to sustain the course in the long term we feel that we must be as cost-conscious as possible. Although we are not asking for a registration fee for 2017, we are asking that programs be responsible for their own residents’ travel expenses (flight, taxi, mileage, etc).

We thank the faculty, the host institutions, our industry partners, and the SNS staff for all of their hard work in putting the course together and look forward to working with your PGY-1 residents next summer.

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

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.

PGY1 Boot Camp Course Handbook

2016 PGY1 Course Study Material

Procedural checklists – Neurosurgical bedside procedures

Ricardo B. V. Fontes, MD, PhD; Richard W. Byrne, MD
Department of Neurosurgery – Rush University Medical Center


  • 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

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

2017 Junior Resident Course

March 23-24, 2017
West Coast – UCSD, San Diego, Site Co-Director, Joseph Ciacci, MD,
Alexander Khalessi, MD, Site Co-Director

April 12-13, 2017
Midwest – Washington University, St. Louis, Site Director, Dave Limbrick, Jr., MD, PhD

June 5-6, 2017
East Coast – Cornell, NY, Site Director, Michael Kaplitt, MD, PhD

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
Vikram C. Prabhu
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,


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