AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 3, 2018

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Mismatched

Mismatched

David H. Harter, MD, FAANS

The email arrives Monday morning of Match week; the news is not good. In fact, it is a gut punch, a catastrophe, an embarrassment – you did not secure a neurosurgery residency position. You have …

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Academic Advancement for the Neurosurgeon

Academic Advancement for the Neurosurgeon

William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, FAANS

The first years following graduation from residency or fellowship are crucial in determining the trajectory of an academic career. Regardless of their specialty and training, a junior faculty member in academic medicine must quickly determine …

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Building Cultural Competence in the Workplace

Building Cultural Competence in the Workplace

Karin M. Muraszko, MD, FAANS

The University of Michigan has openly and widely embraced diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for many years, with the central goal of making Michigan Medicine a place where every person feels valued and can thrive. …

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Philanthropy and Neurosurgery

Philanthropy and Neurosurgery

Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS

Today more than ever, philanthropy plays a critical role in the practice of neurosurgery and career satisfaction. Philanthropy can be for enhancing the practice environment (hospitals, clinics and innovations), developing specialized programs, supporting research, humanitarian …

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How to Go

How to Go

Kathryn Ko, MD, MFA, FAANS

Dylan Thomas’ youthful rally to “rage against the dying light” doesn’t move me anymore. The many years glimpsing my reflection in the belly of a 10 blade has dared me to probe my own dimming. …

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Surviving a Malpractice Lawsuit

Surviving a Malpractice Lawsuit

James R. Bean, MD, FAANS

The summons comes as a shock. The opening salvo thunders that, “The acts of the Defendant were intentional, reckless, willful, wanton, grossly negligent, malicious, oppressive, outrageous, unreasonable, unfair, fraudulent, in bad faith and flagrantly indifferent …

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A Neurosurgeon’s Stroke Recovery Story

A Neurosurgeon’s Stroke Recovery Story

Robert C. Heim, MD, FAANS(L)

At 44, I was the picture of health. I played soccer, tennis, golf and ran marathons. I did not smoke, and I rarely had an alcoholic beverage. I was in a seven-person neurosurgical practice I …

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Fitness for the Busy Neurosurgeon

Fitness for the Busy Neurosurgeon

Maya Babu, MD, MBA

It can be difficult to balance the rigors of operating, clinic, family and hobbies with trying to squeeze in workouts or time at the gym. A lot of us also have travel commitments related to …

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Publish or Perish: These Tips May Help

Publish or Perish: These Tips May Help

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS

It is always a thrill to receive a letter from the editor-in-chief informing you of manuscript acceptance! Publishing remains a competitive process, with acceptance rates hovering between 20-40 percent for most esteemed publications, including each …

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How to be a Successful Neurosurgeon-entrepreneur

How to be a Successful Neurosurgeon-entrepreneur

Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, MSc, MBA, FAANS

There has never been a better time to be a surgeon-entrepreneur. The health care environment is undergoing significant transformation and during times of change there is ample opportunity. What is the definition of a surgeon-entrepreneur? …

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