Didactic teaching is carried out in a wide variety of weekly conferences for neurosurgery residents, faculty, and medical students. They focus on a broad range of neurosurgical topics, as well as topics from other disciplines, promoting interdepartmental collaboration among providers.

Faculty Case Conference: Thursdays, 7:00am - 7:30am

This conference is led by a neurosurgery faculty member on a rotating basis with a focus on case analysis and in-depth discussion on neurosurgical conditions and treatments.

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30am - 8:30am

The Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds series provides opportunity for didactic teaching and discussion on relevant topics and updates in the field. Led by neurosurgery residents, faculty, medical students, and guest speakers, clinical areas covered include but are not limited to neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neurology, cerebrovascular surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, neurotrauma, tumor, and spine. Several other topics focus on professional development such as general critical care, bedside manner, and board certification. Both the medical and professional content covered should be incorporated in attendees' clinical practice to improve patient care and practitioner expertise.

Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) Conference: 4th Thursdays, 7:30am - 8:30am

Individual cases and accompanying complications are chosen by the Quality Assurance Officer, Bizhan Aarabi, M.D., and the neurosurgery faculty from services across UMMC, Shock Trauma, and the VA. The conference consists of a relevant clinical summary, identifying the complication, a short-referenced presentation on the topic, and outlining a management plan to prevent the complication in the future. In addition to neurosurgery faculty and residents, representatives from the offices of Quality Assurance, neuropathology, and neuroradiology attend.

Journal Club: Bimonthly, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

This conference brings residents together to critically evaluate scholarly journal articles written about various neurosurgical conditions. In-depth analysis and discussion amongst the residents are the primary focus of this conference. At least 1 to 2 faculty members are present to answer questions and foster discussion.

Henderson Lecture: Annually, Spring

This annual lecture is presented by an outstanding neurosurgeon chosen by the residents and faculty during a selection process. The date of the lecture is determined by the chosen speaker. This lecture is funded by a benefactor in honor of the deceased neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles M. Henderson, who practiced in Baltimore for 26 years. Dr. Henderson was the first president of the Maryland Neurosurgical Society and a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgery, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

Ibrahimi Lecture: Annually, Fall

The annual Ibrahimi Lecture is to honor the memory of David Ibrahimi, MD, who completed his neurosurgical residency at University of Maryland in 2012 and practiced with the Department of Neurosurgery before passing in 2017. The lecture focuses on his specialty of spine surgery.

Mock Oral Boards: Biannually

Mock oral boards are conducted to prepare residents for the American Board of Neurological Surgery Oral Examination (oral boards), which are taken following residency.

American Board of Neurological Surgery Primary Written Exam: Annually

The residency program sponsors residents to take the primary written exam starting in PGY-1. Residents are required to pass the exam prior to completing residency.

American Board of Neurological Surgery Neuroanatomy Exam: Annually for PGY-2

Residents take the new neuroanatomy exam in the fall of PGY-2. The program sponsors and supports residents in preparing for the exam.

Stryker-MedStar Neuroanatomy Workshop: Annually

The neuroanatomy workshop is held in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Hospital neurosurgery residency program. Faculty lead various dissection workstations which residents can explore throughout the day.

National Conferences

Residents are encouraged to engage in research starting PGY-1. Residents of any year are fully supported to attend conferences for oral presentations. Chief residents are supported to attend the AANS and CNS national meetings.

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