This is directed at acquiring fundamental clinical skills as required by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS) and the Residency Review Committee (RRC). The year is organized as follows:
- Neurosurgery: 6 months
- Surgical Trauma
- Neurology Clinic/EEG
- Critical Care
- Neurology – Stroke Service
- Perform thorough history, physical, and neurological examinations with complete, accurate and timely documentation.
- Understand indications for and interpret lab and imaging studies.
- Learn to counsel patients appropriately for obtaining informed consent.
- Learn basic operative skills such as tying, suturing, instrument and tissue handling.
- Manage common post-operative complications.
- Learn to provide exemplary patient care using a team approach
- Complete ABNS basic clinical skills requirements via rotations in neurosurgery, general surgery, neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, critical care and orthopedics.
- Pass USMLE step 3 examination.
- Establish an effective self-study reading program including textbooks and literature.
- Demonstrate a solid foundation of knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology related to peri-operative surgical patients.
- Develop a foundation for clinical problem solving and decision making.
- Demonstrate professional behavior at all times including appearance, promptness, and interactions with patients, family, staff, and healthcare providers.
- Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients' culture, age, gender, and disabilities.
- Demonstrate integrity and a commitment to patients that supercedes self interest.
Communication & Interpersonal skills:
- Provide compassionate patient care as determined by patients, families, colleagues, and ancillary members of the health care team.
- Work effectively as a member of a health care team.
- Meet expectations on all 360 evaluations.
- Understand the practice of neurosurgery in a quaternary care hospital, including interactions with other health care organizations and how these elements of health care affect the university practice.
- Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with healthcare system complexities.
- Practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation through evidence-based medical practice that does not compromise quality of care.
- Maintain a learning portfolio.
- Learn information technology skills to access available patient-care and educational resources.
- Demonstrate an ongoing ability to learn from errors.
- Begin to locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to clinical neurosurgical practice and neuroscience research.