027 Global Neurosurgical Practice

Supported by an educational grant from SeaSpine Orthopedics Corporation

Sunday, April 14
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: 20D; SDCC

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

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

Faculty: Ernest Barthelemy, MD; Jeffrey P. Blount, MD, FAANS; Robert J. Dempsey, MD, FAANS; James M. Drake, MD, FAANS, MSc (Canada); Anthony Figaji, MD (South Africa); Mark D. Fisher, MD; Gerald A. Grant, MD, FAANS; Michael M. Haglund, MD, PhD, FAANS; William Harkness, MD (United Kingdom); Roger Hartl, MD, FAANS; Peter John Hutchinson, MD (United Kingdom); James M. Johnston Jr., MD, FAANS ; Abhaya Vivek Kulkarni, MD, FAANS (Canada); Jacob Richard Lepard, MD; Muhammad Raji Mahmud, MD (Nigeria); Vanessa Moll, MD, PhD, DESA; Peter Nakaji, MD, FAANS; Jose Piquer Belloch, MD, PhD (Spain); John Ragheb, MD, FAANS; Scott C. Robertson, MD, FAANS; Jack P. Rock, MD, FAANS; Brandon G. Rocque, MD, MS, FAANS; David I. Sandberg, MD, FAANS; Cody Daniel Schlaff; Franco Servadei, MD (Italy); Kerry Vaughan, MD; Darshan Vora; Sarah I. Woodrow, MD, FAANS; Sherry M. Wren, MD, FCS(ECSA); Eric L. Zager, MD, FAANS

This CME workshop will help 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 1-day course will provide an overview of the scope of conditions that one might encounter in resource- limited environments. Through a variety of techniques including skill stations and simulation, participants will 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 that will be 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. This national course is the first-ever to be designed for neurosurgeons and allied health professionals interested in teaching and practice in low resource settings.

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 decision 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, 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, Peripheral nerve repairs.