About The Neurosurgeon’s Journey is a collaborative podcast between Brain and Spine Group, Inc.'s Medical Student Neurosurgery Training Center (MSNTC) and the AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC). Michael Kortz and Jeremiah Johnson discuss all topics related to a career in Neurosurgery with a wide array of guests to help students, residents, and attending surgeons navigate the winding path.
Dr. Johnson is the current Chair of the Young Neurosurgeons Committee. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Cerebrovascular Specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He attended medical school at Medical College of Georgia before completing his neurosurgical residency training and an enfolded endovascular fellowship at the University of Miami and a cerebrovascular and microvascular fellowship at Stanford University. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and children and spending time outdoors.
Michael is the Senior Student Director of Education Resources for the Medical Student Neurosurgery Training Center. He is a medical student at Kansas City University between his third and fourth years, conducting a year of research at the University of Colorado in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is concurrently earning an MBA from Rockhurst University Helzberg School of Management. Michael is originally from Colorado and loves to hike and camp, read, and spend time with friends when not pursuing his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon.
Publications and Blogposts Procured or Recommended by Our Guests Professional Development 1. Linzey JR, Graffeo CS, Wang JZ, Haider AS, Alotaibi NM. Neurosurgery and the rise of academic social media: what neurosurgeons should know. J Neurosurg. 2018 Oct;129(4):1-5. doi: 10.3171/2018.2.JNS172817. Epub 2018 Jul 6. PMID: 29979122. 2. Sammie Darlene Lyons; Joseph R. Linzey, MD, MS; Walter Jean, MD. Social Media, Neurosurgery, and COVID-19. AANS Neurosurgeon: Volume 29, Number 2, 2020
Education Resources for Clinical Neurosurgery 1. Perry A, Scheitler KM, Graffeo CS. The Best Neurosurgical Nonrequired Reading: Clinical Neurosurgery 101. World Neurosurg. 2019 Nov;131:76-78. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.07.116. Epub 2019 Jul 18. PMID: 31326643. 2. The Neurosurgical Atlas, by Aaron Cohen-Gadol, M.D. https://www.neurosurgicalatlas.com/ 3. Greenberg MS. Handbook of Neurosurgery. 9th ed. Thieme.
Factors Affecting Residency Candicacy 1. Main Residency Match Data and Reports. Charting Outcomes In The Match, National Resident Matching Program. Accessed November 7, 2020. https://www.nrmp.org/main-residency-match-data/ 2. Chandra A, Aghi MK. Strategies to Address Projected Challenges Facing Foreign Applicants in the U.S. Neurosurgery Match. World Neurosurg. 2020;138:553-555. doi:10.1016/j.wneu.2020.03.180 3. Chandra A, Brandel MG, Wadhwa H, et al. The Path to U.S. Neurosurgical Residency for Foreign Medical Graduates: Trends from a Decade 2007-2017. World Neurosurg. 2020;137:e584-e596. doi:10.1016/j.wneu.2020.02.069