Monday, April 15

7:00 am - 9:00 am


105 3-D Simulation and Navigation for Advanced Practice Providers: A Team Based Approach

Fee: $150
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $150
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65

Moderator(s): Holly Oemke Madarash

Panelist(s): Joshua B. Bederson, MD, FAANS; Margaret Pain, MD; Leslie Schlachter

Physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, and advanced practice providers (APPs) have proven to be a highly sought after member of the surgical team across many surgical subspecialties. For many years, the discipline of Neurosurgery has employed physician assistants to assist in all aspects of complex cranial and spinal surgeries. With the advent of navigation-assisted neurosurgery and now simulation- integrated neurosurgery, the use of an advanced practitioner in preoperative planning and intraoperative technology management has greatly expanded and has been shown to be critical to the advancement of the field. State of the art tools are evolving at an ever increasing rate, most recently through the integration of artificial intelligence into the preoperative planning process. In this course, a holistic, team-based approach to preoperative planning and technology utilization will be presented in a lecture format. Of specific interest to the session will be preoperative image processing and segmentation, integrative technology platform use across, virtual and augmented reality applications, patient engagement, and operating room configuration. Real-world cases will be presented extending the advanced practice providers knowledge of pathology-specific best-practices strategy for technology integration into neurosurgical workflows.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Develop practical knowledge of the necessary workflow of technologies in order to develop a strategy for implementing advanced digital technologies to benefit available benefit to patient outcomes.
  • Identify appropriate input data sources for each cranial case and how they are used in the role of Neurosurgical planning.
  • Demonstrate the importance of complex technology integration into the everyday neurosurgery clinical workflow.