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The Neurosurgery Residency program promotes active involvement in a wide range of conferences and events. In addition to daily preoperative sessions and weekly case conferences, the department sponsors grand rounds, regional symposia, and other conferences of varying scope, often in conjunction with other LSUHSC departments. Listed below are the standard weekly and monthly events available to neurosurgery residents at LSU.

Neurosurgery Educational Conferences

Journal Club
Residents meet with the Chairman and faculty to discuss specific articles. Individual residents are responsible for presenting and leading discussion of their assigned articles. Meets twice a month.

Grand Rounds
Lectures are given by renowned visiting guest speakers generally during one Wednesday every month in place of Case Conference. Each neurosurgery resident is required to attend. Residents also are afforded the opportunity for one-on-one time with each Visiting Professor during Case Presentations and other social functions.

Editorial Meetings
Residents meet with the Chairman of the Department, Faculty, and key editorial staff to review publications, manuscripts, and abstracts. These meetings are held one to two times per month.

Multidisciplinary Case Conference
The format is case presentations by neurosurgery residents followed by review of the pertinent studies with faculty input. Cases are chosen by involved residents to stimulate discussion and debate. Case Conference is every Wednesday at 4 pm. Attendees include medical students, allied health personnel, and multidisciplinary professors.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference
This conference is held once a month. Cases presented are from the previous month. All residents and faculty are expected to attend.

Chairmanís Complication Conference
This is held weekly and all residents are required to attend. Other faculty may attend as requested.

Chairmanís Rounds & Attending Rounds
Teaching rounds daily.

Professorís Rounds for Medical Students
This is done weekly on Wednesdays at approximately 5 p.m.

Book and Cinema Club
This club meets quarterly and it is a round table discussion with residents.

Mary Louise and Ben Levy, Jr. Visiting Professorship in Neurosurgery
Held annually in the spring, this conference is host to prominent leader in the field of Neurosurgery. Residents are given the opportunity for one-on-one time with the guest lecturer and are invited to a reception for the visiting professor.

Tumor Board
This conference is joint with the Department of Oncology and is held quarterly. All residents and faculty are expected to attend.

Pediatrics/Trauma/Spine/Orthopedics and Endocrine Joint Conference
All joint conferences are held quarterly. Each conference is planned by a junior resident. All residents and faculty are required to attend.

Neuroscience Research
This conference is held Quarterly. Various research topics are discussed. All residents are required to attend.

Resident Board Training
This is held weekly, in session, and is taught by Dr. Bharat Guthikonda and Dr. Anthony Sin. Residents who have not yet taken and passed the written boards for credit are required to attend.

Spine, Neuro, and Stroke Update
These conferences are held Biennial. Program speakers are Neurosurgery faculty members and Guest speakers invited to present. All residents and faculty are required attend.

Educational Meetings

Residents may also be able to attend other educational conferences including:

  1.  Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  2.   American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  3.   Southern Neurosurgical Society
  4.   Louisiana State Neurosurgical Society
  5.   RUNN Course
  6.   Critical Care Course for Senior Residents
  7.   Surgical Spine Study Resident Instructional Course
  8.   Annual Skull Base Course for Senior Residents
  9.   Chicago Review Course

Attendance Policy

Residents are required to attend all scheduled conferences. A resident is excused from conference attendance if off-campus, or is dealing with an emergency medical situation.