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AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 28, Number 4, 2019

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The Case for Mindfulness and Compassion

The Case for Mindfulness and Compassion

James R. Doty, MD, FAANS

The hospital gown makes the 5-year-old boy look even smaller as he waits for surgery. He has a cancer (medulloblastoma) located in the posterior fossa (back of his brain). My assistant is a senior surgery …

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Developing the Mind of the Neurosurgery Resident

Developing the Mind of the Neurosurgery Resident

Nicholas M. Barbaro, MD, FAANS

The period of residency training represents a critical time in the development of a competent clinician. The typical medical school curriculum, while well designed to provide the foundation upon which medical knowledge, technical skills and …

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The Impact of Medical Review Panels

The Impact of Medical Review Panels

Jennifer Kosty, MD; Bowen Jiang, MD; Devon LeFever; Jared R. Broughman; Frederick White, MD; Katie O. Orrico, JD; Bharat Guthikonda, MD, FAANS

An extremely unfortunate aspect of the neurosurgical mind is dealing with the constant threat of malpractice suits. Neurosurgeons claim the dubious honor of being sued the most. On average, a neurosurgeon is involved in a …

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Processing Loss: As Many Questions as Answers

Processing Loss: As Many Questions as Answers

Joshua Rosenow, MD, FAANS

Part of being a neurosurgeon is internalizing a sense of invincibility. Without this, it is difficult to manage the multiple conflicting responsibilities, weighty decisions regarding people’s neurological health, surgical stress, work schedules few others understand …

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Considering Retirement

Considering Retirement

Mark L. Rosenblum, MD, FAANS(L)

A neurosurgical career is an enormous honor with multiple positive aspects that provide great opportunities to make a difference in peoples lives, to advance care, to set one’s own path and to improve the future …

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Improvisation

Improvisation

Jack P. Rock, MD, FAANS

Many physicians and neurosurgeons enjoy or play music at a high level. My main interest was music before entering neurosurgery. This interest took a major backseat through medical school, training and early practice. Eventually, as …

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The Neurosurgeon Switching Gears

The Neurosurgeon Switching Gears

Rachana Tyagi, MD, FAANS

Neurosurgery Gear In the operating room, I am fully focused on the patient. I am the conductor of the orchestra comprised of the scrub tech, resident, circulating nurse, anesthetist, students, radiology tech, neuromonitoring tech along with …

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