Management of neuro-trauma and peri-operative neurological complications are important topics for the general surgeon. Sinai Hospital has a very busy neurosurgical service, on which the surgical residents will rotate for 4- 6 weeks during their PGY I year.
During this rotation, the Sinai resident will be an integral member of the neurosurgery team, participating in all care rendered to neurosurgery patients at Sinai Hospital: admission, consultation (including trauma) diagnostic work-up, post-operative care and discharge.
In the operating room the resident will assist with craniotomies, and cranial drainage procedures and learn about the principles of spinal procedures.
The Neurosurgery faculty will provide several lectures to the resident class on common neurosurgical problems, including: Critical care neurology and clinical neuro-anatomy for the general surgeon; evaluation and treatment of closed head injury; evaluation and management of penetrating head injury; interpretation of cervical spine radiographs and evaluation and management of cervical spine fractures; evaluation and treatment of spinal cord injury; evaluation and treatment of intra-cranial hypertension; ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke; epidemiology, pathology and evaluation and management of common brain tumors; management of common brain metastases; management of common spinal problems/degenerative spine disease; intracranial aneurysms and management of subarachnoid hemorrhage; management of peripheral nerve injury.
In addition the surgical residents will attend the following educational activities: weekly surgery core and specialty curriculum, surgery M&M and resident case based lectures, and monthly neurosurgery M&M.