Rotating Neurosurgery Residents - Goals and Expectations

Prior to start of rotation residents email CV to Karen Weber and set up appointment to meet with Rotation Director.
Residents will meet with Karen Weber first day of rotation to review the web site and be oriented to the service and Biosafety issues followed by meeting with the Fellow for further service orientation.
Each resident is assigned a desk or study area in the Neuropathology Rotating Resident's Room.
At the end of the rotation, the resident will complete a self evaluation. The attendings and NP Fellow will complete an evaluation of the resident. A meeting will then be scheduled with Rotation Director to discuss the evaluation.
The neurosurgery resident rotation in neuropathology is a 6 week self-study elective designed to consolidate and extend the residents knowledge of diseases of the nervous system.
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  • On completion of the rotation residents will be able to demonstrate competence in:
  • The functional neuroanatomy of the brain and spinal cord.
  • Diagnostic features of the major CNS tumors, including clinical presentation, radiologic findings, microscopic morphology, therapeutic approach and prognosis.
  • Pathophysiology and pathologic anatomy of the major diseases of the nervous system including cardiovascular, infectious, autoimmune, neurodegenerative and developmental.
  • The role of diagnostic neuropathology including why and when to use intraoperative consultations in the clinical management of patients with neurologic symptoms including neuromuscular disease.
Supervised self-study of texts, web-based didactic material, specimen collections and primary literature.
Attendance of all diagnostic, clinical management and teaching conferences of the division as well as daily case reviews during the standard work week (M-F 8:00-6:00).
Preview next day OR schedules, define neurosurgical patients that may need intraoperative consults, review clinical and laboratory information, download relevant radiology images, generate differential diagnosis and present to attending neuropathologist.
Present at least one biopsy case at each weekly neuropathology diagnostic QA conference. (Summarize the pertinent clinical history, present key radiologic findings, capture and discuss images of the key microscopic findings and discuss the differential diagnosis.~10 mins.) (Total 6 cases)
Assume primary responsibility for the dissection and pathologic description of at least one autopsy brain per week. (Total 6 cases)
One 10 minute presentation / paper summary on a research or clinical topic related to neuropathology.
Read neuropathology chapter in Robbins and Prayson text (~50 pages / day)
Complete all Blackboard quizzes, and virtual microscopy tests
Address inquires relating to special interests, scheduling or prerequisites to Karen Weber, Neuropathology Coordinator, Presbyterian Hospital: Tel: 412-624-7897; Email: