“There is no education like adversity” - Benjamin Disraeli
Over the past three months, medical education has been completely uprooted. An educational system that has largely resembled Brownian motion in recent history was dug-up overnight and left by the curb - roots exposed. Do we leave it there for green waste pickup or transplant it to more fertile soil?
I love an epic tale - something I share with one of my favorite authors, Mark Batterson, who often parallels fiction and the realities of day-to-day life in his books. Without adversity there is no set up for an epic comeback. Without obstacles and orcs, Frodo Baggins is just a short, hairy guy out for an afternoon hike. Sometimes things have to go wrong in order for them to go right - an outside force moves an entire system previously limited to Brownian motion.
Following the crisis of an epic plot, there is always a transformation of the protagonist, the old character must die in order to make room for a newly transformed, more complete protagonist who energizes even the most weary supporting characters.
This week, during the Grand Opening of the Medical Student Neurosurgery Training Center, our team is celebrating months of hard work (and plenty more to come). The Training Center is a complete reimagination of what Medical Student education in highly specialized fields can be. Belief in that transformation drives our team of volunteers. Below is a brief overview of the training and resources available for Medical Students in Neurosurgery through the Training Center.
Courses are the heart and soul of the Training Center. We aim to continue on-site, hands-on Training Camps in 2021. These one-day, intensive courses with neurosurgical departments in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago have catalyzed the rethinking of Medical Student Neurosurgery education. We look forward to adding new locations in 2021.
Developing a catalogue of E-Training opportunities has taken up the lion’s share of recent work. Each virtual learning path has a different structure designed to optimally deliver the variety of neurosurgical topics in the most effective formats.
Virtual Training Camp
One-day, online intensive courses that focus on both the intangible elements of a career in neurosurgery and the tangible skills appropriate for medical students working on a neurosurgical service.
Topical Neurosurgical presentations from speakers from around the world delivered in a succinct, monthly format.
This program meets weekly and runs year-round. The curriculum is divided into 4 week blocks - each comprehensively approaching a single neurosurgical topic. The July block will focus on hydrocephalus pathophysiology, anatomy, interventions, journal reviews, and conclude with grand rounds. Sessions are taught by faculty Instructors recruited from around the United States.
In addition to course, the Training Center is curating a collection of resources for students interested in and/or pursuing a career in neurosurgery.
Brain & Spine Report
A blog-style publication for medical students, residents, and faculty to publish articles and guides related to neurosurgical education and training.
All virtual sessions produced through the Training Center are edited, reformatted, and indexed in an open-access video library for Medical Students.
Global Neurosurgery Events Calendar
A collection of all online learning opportunities in neurosurgery around the world, collated in one place. Browse for courses to your heart’s content.
Finally, the Medical Student Neurosurgery Training Center is committed to ensuring that Neurosurgery education is always moving forward. The Training Center works with academic partners to co-sponsor research projects aiming to investigate and improve the quality of neurosurgical education. Active and completed projects are listed on the website along with a bibliography of publications associated with our educational programs. Have an idea for a project? Contact us, we would love to work with you.
In this chapter of history, a transformation has led to a new era of medical student neurosurgery education being ushered in. As the Training Center’s learning programs go live over this next week, our team of academics eagerly awaits to see how well these transplanted roots take to their new soil. Congratulations to our team of volunteers for all your hard work. Our doors are open - Welcome Students.
Ryan E. Radwanski, MD
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