Educational Goals and Objectives of Training Year NS-1

Residents in the Cedars-Sinai Neurological Surgery Residency Program are expected to reach goals and objectives in six areas. Those areas and the expectations to be achieved in each area for PGY-1 are:

Patient Care

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Take and document a comprehensive neurosurgery history and do a physical examination
  • Understand when to order presurgical laboratory studies and imaging and what the results of such studies mean in the context of treatment
  • Develop and implement appropriate care plans in consultation with the chief resident or attending surgeon
  • Counsel patients on the risks, goals, limits and alternatives to both simple and more complex neurosurgical procedures supervised by the chief resident or attending surgeon
  • Perform selected surgical procedures (e.g., ventriculostomies, VP shunt placement, simple craniotomies) under direct supervision of Chief resident or faculty
  • Assist in major surgical procedures and perform, under supervision, portions of such procedures that are appropriate for his or her level of training
  • Work with other health care professionals on the neurosurgery team and health care professionals from other disciplines who are involved in a patient's care

Medical Knowledge

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Perform above the 10th percentile on the ABNS primary examination
  • Demonstrate a solid foundation of knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology related to inpatient neurosurgery patients
  • Correctly interpret basic laboratory and radiological studies
  • Demonstrate increasing familiarity with classic and current aspects of the neurosurgical literature
  • Demonstrate a foundation for clinical neurosurgery problem-solving and decision-making

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an ongoing and improving ability to learn from errors
  • Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to common neurosurgical problems

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Provide compassionate care as determined by patients, families, colleagues and auxiliary health professionals in wards and outpatient settings
  • Work effectively as a member of a health care team
  • Communicate effectively with other health care professionals on consulting services


The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients' culture, age, gender and disabilities
  • Demonstrate integrity and a commitment to patients that supercedes self interest
  • Participate meaningfully in ongoing professional development by submitting research for peer review to journals and national meetings

System-Based Practice

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities
  • Practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation by using evidence-based medical practice that does not compromise quality of care
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