2013 AANS Annual Report - page 12

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2013
AANS ANNUAL REPORT
Accelerating and Advancing Resident Education
Adam Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS; and Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS,
Seek Patient Interests Through Resident Training
S
taying on the forefront of patient safety requires
the next generation of neurosurgeons to have
comprehensive proficiencies in the operating
room. For Adam Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS; and Erol
Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS, resident education has a
logical end game — ensuring that certain treatments
are in the best interest of each patient. As co-directors
of the
Endovascular Techniques for Residents
course, the
two spearhead the AANS’ efforts to equip neurosurgical
residents with skills that put them on the leading edge
of technology.
“There’s a move toward less invasive surgery in many
surgical specialties. Technology and intraoperative
imaging and devices have marched at a very rapid
pace,” said Dr. Arthur, a neurosurgeon at the Semmes-
Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute and associate
professor at the University of Tennessee department of
neurosurgery. “The challenge is trying to ensure that a
resident gets broad exposure to what’s available.”
Since Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS; and Robert H.
Rosenwasser, MD, FAANS, developed the course in
2006, it has served as a key addendum to the curricula
of numerous residency programs. “It was conceived as
a way to allow neurosurgical residents…who may not
have been exposed to endovascular [techniques] to get
some experience and understanding of what it might
be like to incorporate endovascular techniques into
their practices,” Dr. Arthur noted. “The AANS residency
courses fill an important role in allowing residents to
get exposure to thought processes and techniques that
they might not otherwise encounter.”
Designed with a multi-disciplinary approach, the
course highlights therapies for arteriovenous
malformations and aneurysms, stenting, carotid
angioplasty and the use of mechanical devices to treat
strokes. The agenda soon will expand to include open
vascular surgical techniques.
“The AANS residency courses
fill an important role in allowing
residents to get exposure
to thought processes and
techniques that they might not
otherwise encounter.”
— Adam Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS
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