Sunday, April 26

7:30 am - 4:30 pm

027 Global Neurosurgical Practice

Fee: $900
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $630
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $130

Director(s): Gail L. Rosseau, MD, FAANS

Faculty: Jeffrey P. Blount, MD, FAANS; Robert J. Dempsey, MD, FAANS; Mark D. Fisher, MD; Gerald A. Grant, MD, FAANS; Roger Hartl, MD, FAANS; Peter John Hutchinson, MD (United Kingdom); James M. Johnston Jr., MD, FAANS ; Lynne Lourdes Navarrete Lucena, MD (Philippines); Muhammad Raji Mahmud, MD (Nigeria); Thomas Bogale Megerssa, MD (Ethiopia); Vanessa Moll, MD, PhD, DESA (Switzerland); Peter Nakaji, MD, FAANS; Kee B. Park, MD, IFAANS (Cambodia); Jose Piquer Belloch, MD, PhD (Spain); John Ragheb, MD, FAANS; Jay K. Riva-Cambrin, MD, FAANS, MSc (Canada); Scott C. Robertson, MD, FAANS; Jack P. Rock, MD, FAANS; Brandon G. Rocque, MD, MS, FAANS; Sarah I. Woodrow, MD, FAANS; Sherry M. Wren, MD, FCS(ECSA); Eric L. Zager, MD, FAANS

This CME workshop helps prepare the neurosurgical volunteer to function in a low-resource setting for treatment of common neurosurgical problems. In developing countries, the neurosurgical volunteer must truly be a “generalist,” able to handle an array of neurosurgical conditions. This one-day course provides an overview of the scope of conditions that one might encounter in resource-limited environments. Through a variety of techniques, including skill stations and simulations, participants familiarize themselves with several relevant procedures as well as the essential elements of surgical safety, ethics and cultural considerations in such settings.

Specific skill areas taught include head and spine trauma and simple elective case management in low-resource settings; pediatric cerebrospinal fluid diversion procedures; myelomeningocele repair; complex wound management with Z-plasty and local rotational flaps; simple peripheral nerve repairs; tropical medicine for surgical diseases; and low-resource anesthetic techniques.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss the importance of cultural and ethical considerations of neurosurgical practice in low-resource settings and the need to tailor practice decisions to each specific setting.
  • Discuss safe anesthetic management in low-resource settings.
  • Demonstrate the management for the following in low-resource settings: emergency head trauma, emergency spinal trauma, brain tumor and cerebrovascular surgery and degenerative spine conditions.
  • Demonstrate the management for the following in low-resource settings: pediatric CSF diversion and myelomeningocele closure, complex wounds and rotational flaps, management of tropical surgical diseases and peripheral nerve repairs.