Teaching Rounds

Daily clinical teaching rounds are done with the neurosurgical faculty on each service. In addition, there is a residents' didactic day twice a month. This conference includes didactic lectures by neuroscientists, pathologist, anatomists, neurologists and neurosurgeons as well as lectures by social workers, discharge planners and surgery coding professionals.  Lectures on professionalism and system-based learning will also be covered in this format. 


A variety of conferences are scheduled regularly. These conferences allow neurosurgical residents exposure to cases and subspecialties related to neurosurgery.

  • Neurosciences Grand Rounds: The residents and faculty attend the combined Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery Neurosciences Grand Rounds.  Approximately three times every month, speakers and topics are chosen that would be of interest both to neurosurgeons and neurologists.  Topics can range from pediatric head trauma management to brain mapping and using functional MRI techniques.
  • Brain Tumor Board: a weekly, multidisciplinary conference attended by neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, oncologists, pediatric oncologists, neuropathologists, radiation oncologists, residents, medical students and nursing staff. All operative patients with central nervous system tumors are presented; their imaging and pathology slides are reviewed and a joint decision is made on the plan of care.
  • Neurovascular Conference: a weekly multidisciplinary conference attended by neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, cardiologists, intensivist, stroke neurologists, fellows, house staff and medical students.
  • Complex Case Conference: Once a month teaching faculty hosts an oral board  format teaching conference.  Residents take turns on the “Hot Seat” where they are presented with a case that they are not familiar with for review.  Appropriate management is discussed at the end of each case.  Up to four times a year these reviews are scheduled to coincide with the Visiting Professor Conferences.  The Visiting Professor becomes a guest examiner.
  • Chairman's Review: Monthly, patients are presented by Dr. Black to the residents with other faculty in attendance.  They review imaging studies, ask appropriate questions and come up with treatment plan.  Operative anatomy and  approaches are discussed in an oral board format.
  • Surgery Review: Once a month, all residents and faculty meet for   morbidity and mortality conference where the residents present cases in an educational format, discuss complications and mortality of patients on the service.  They also present pertinent literature in support of their decisions and devise a plan to help avoid future complications. Attendance is mandatory for the residents and attendings. 
  • Epilepsy Conference: monthly conference where all patients with intractable epilepsy are considered for surgical treatment are presented by the epileptologists. Video EEG telemetry, PET studies, MEG and MRI studies are all reviewed. Attended by neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists.
  • Neuropathology Conference/Brain Cutting: Held weekly for faculty and residents and staffed by our two neuro-pathologists
  • Spine Conference: a weekly multidisciplinary conference at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center attended by neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, phosiatrists fellows and house staff. Selected cases are presented with review of preoperative history, radiographic studies and clinical outcomes.

Journal Club

A monthly Journal Club in which residents present and discuss current journal articles with faculty members is held monthly.  In addition, the neuro-ICU team hosts a monthly journal club in which the junior residents attend. 

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