Educational Goals and Objectives of Training Year NS-4

This is a dedicated research year. Residents participation in the clinical service is limited to covering call other residents during vacations or other appropriate absences. However, Cedars-Sinai Neurological Surgery residents are expected to reach goals and objectives in six areas. Those areas and the expectations to be achieved in each area for NS-4 are:

Patient Care

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Understand the role of clinical trials in care of patients
  • Understand inclusion and exclusion criterion for enrollment in clinical trials

Medical Knowledge

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Perform above the passing level of the ABNS primary examination (for credit)
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology related to inpatient and outpatient neurosurgical care
  • Demonstrate an advanced familiarity with the neurosurgical literature
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and synthesize hypotheses regarding basic scientific investigations

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an ongoing and improving ability to learn from errors
  • Demonstrate a high capacity for work and intensity in a basic science research environment
  • Develop problem-solving skills applicable to design, implementation, analysis and reporting basic science research relevant to the clinical arena
  • Establish sound research and related problem-solving habits, including a familiarity with relevant research literature
  • Become an integral component of a research team
  • Learn significant features of outcomes research and clinical epidemiology

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with all members of the research team
  • Use communication and interpersonal skills to effectively participate in and lead research projects
  • Communicate research results effectively and persuasively in writing and speech


The resident will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to academic and scientific integrity through participation in educational forums on basic and clinical research
  • 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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of practice opportunities, practice types, health care delivery systems, and medical economics
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