1406. Neurosurgery boot camp for sub-internship preparation: The first course at Weill Cornell Medicine
Authors: Ryan Eugene Radwanski; Mahmoud ElJalby, BS; Graham Winston, BS; Iyan Younus, BS; Melissa Yuan, BS; Yuna Oh, BS; Jeffrey Greenfield, MD, PhD; Susan Pannullo, MD; Caitlin Hoffman, MD; Sadiye Buse Gucer (New York, NY)
Introduction: Medical students do not have adequate clinical exposure to neurological surgery before the beginning of their sub-internships. The aim of the Medical Student Neurosurgery Boot Camp is to improve exposure and clinical preparation for a career in neurological surgery prior to sub-internships. Methods: The Boot Camp course exposed students to a series of morning lectures followed by a resident lunch panel and afternoon laboratory sessions. Questionnaires were administered to participating students to assess their confidence and perceived knowledge and preparedness in several areas of clinical neurosurgery prior to the start of the course and again afterwards. All assessments were made on a blinded scale of 1 through 100. Results: A total of 83 medical students participated in the conference. All participants had a significant increase in their self-assessed confidence in all areas. General preparedness for sub-internship and principals of spine surgery topics saw the greatest improvement with increased absolute ratings of 38.54 ± 26.7 and 38.57 ± 24.47, respectively. Conclusion: The Medical Student Neurosurgery Boot Camp is an effective means of improving students' knowledge and addressing clinical skill gaps prior to sub-internships. Student feedback overwhelmingly requested broad expansion of clinical preparation opportunities in neurosurgery. Implementing similar boot camps at a regional, national or international scale will significantly enrich the training of aspiring neurosurgeons and collectively improve the clinical quality of residency applicants.