Category Archives: Resident

Beca para el XXXIV Congreso de la Sociedad Andaluza de Neurocirugía

Beca para el XXXIV Congreso de la Sociedad Andaluza de Neurocirugía (SOANNE) a celebrar Cádiz los próximos 16 y 17 de Marzo de 2018.

El Comité organizador local concederá una beca, en forma de inscripción gratuita a la mejor comunicación oral enviada antes del 31 de Enero de 2018 por un miembro de SENEC.

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PASSION Resident project

The PASSION Resident project is a European study that aims at establishing a new training syllabus for neurosurgical residents.

see Neurosurgical training in Europe.

The main goal is to shape young neurosurgeons in their resident years through the implementation of new training modules, including simulation courses that will improve their neurosurgical skills in an innovative way. Moreover this new methodology will allow standardised measurements with an objective perspective of their progress and achievements. Besides, we will assess all participants by means of some validated professional questionnaires.

This study will take place at the Besta NeuroSim Centre, within the IRCCS Carlo Besta Neurological Institute in Milan (Italy). It foresees the use of the most sophisticated and modern neurosurgical simulators available today. These simulators provide haptic feedback and a threedimensional virtual reality. Along with these technologically advanced systems (SimLab) the resident students participating will also have to perform microsurgical tasks at the WetLab station of the Center.

The PASSION Resident study project has been approved by our local Ethical Board (IRB). The study will start in March 2018.


All neurosurgery residents currently enrolled in any Center or Institute in Europe (currently enrolled in a residency program across Europe – PGY1, PGY2, PGY3, PGY4). All residents must have no neurosurgical simulation training or experience.

All participants must have completed these pre-requisites: three (3) EVD placement procedures and three (3) microscope-assisted dural sutures (at the end of an intra-cerebral lesion removal surgery).


All applicants must send these following documents in the exact way in which they are described, to these email addresses: and

A. Pre and post-operative CT scan (or MRI) in DICOM format of three EVD operations done, specifying: a) number of attempts needed to reach the lateral ventricle; b) Role that the resident had (first/second operator; level of independence) during the procedure; please note that first-time positioned EVD will be eligible for the study, no EVD substitution will be considered; You can also upload the last EVDs you have positioned consecutively during the last period of your surgical activity (collection of this data does not necessarily need to be perspective).

B. Video Recordings (through the microscope) of the last three dural sutures done at the end of an intra-cerebral lesion removal surgery specifying: a) The microscopes magnification level and the caliber of the suturing stitch; b) the role that the resident had during the procedure (first/second operator; level of independence) and specify at what point of the registration the resident was actually operating at the microscope; c) Opening of any cisterns and/or of the cerebral ventricles; any post-operative complication referable to the dural suturing (CFS fistula, pseudomeningocele).

C. A document stating that the resident is officially enrolled in a residency program.

D. The attached form entirely and accurately filled out.

All data, namely DICOM images and microscope video recordings MUST be anonymous: they cannot and must not include any personal patient or surgeon information; the neurosurgeon’s Center must not be recognisable.

All data must be uploaded to Google Drive. Please share all of the requested information at

The information sent will be examined by a commission of expert neurosurgeons, in an anonymous manner (blinded evaluation). The first 140 resident students to submit the required information will be selected as participants for this study.

NB: this study will not focus on patients but will only evaluate the neurosurgical actions done by residents; no personal data that belongs to patients will be shared, no personal information about patients/surgeons/Institutions will be posed at risk or published.


At the end of the selection process the participants will be randomised into two groups: half of them will take part in the Wet Lab and the simulation sessions (SimLab), while the other half will take part in the Wet Lab only (Control group). The first group will be divided into smaller groups of six participants who will be at the Centre for five consecutive days; the second group (control) will be at the Center only on the first and last day. (Look at the scheme on the following page).

Every participant will undergo specific dexterity and spatial orientation tests along with a psychometric evaluation.

At the end of the candidates’ work at the Center, all residents must return to their medical activities and redo the exact pre-requisite tasks that were mandatory for the application process (3 EVD placements and 3 dural sutures) and send them back to the examining commission through the previously cited email addresses (POST-REQUISITES). This second data collection MUST be completed within 2 months after their return to their home Institutions.


The Best NeuroSim Center will cover all the expenses that regard the onsite study materials, namely brain tumour/dura models, mannequins, personnel and lunch tickets and accommodation for all participants. We ask participants to cover their travel expenses.


First and foremost it would be a unique experience to work and collaborate within an international research group that for the first time ever aims at defining the potential beneficial impact that simulation might have on your learning process of both technical and non technical skills This would be achieved on a large scale by using top-notch, up-to-date simulators with haptic feedback that you will be entitled to use extensively. By participating in this innovative training you will have the chance to spend 5 days in one of the most renown and recognised neurosurgery Centres in the World, with a special focus on brain tumours and research and technology innovation. At the Besta Institute we operate on more than 3000 patients a year of whom 1000 are affected by CNS tumours; this is where the first European neurosurgical simulation Center was created. Here no matter whether part of the control group or the study groups you will be able to train some key neurosurgical tasks at the WetLab; moreover you will be using our simulators intensively (study group), or following all OR activities (control group).

Finally, as core members and contributors to this study you would all be named co-authors (in a study group publication entity) when the results of this study will be published.


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Existe la posibilidad de solicitar una beca gratuita a través de la Sociedad Española de Neurocirugía para la realización del Curso 3D Neuroanatomy “Brainstem Intrinsic Lesions and Posterior Fossa Approaches” que tendrá lugar del 1 al 3 de marzo de 2018 en Alicante.

Fecha límite de presentación: 15 de febrero de 2018

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Descargar solicitud

Se convoca para el año 2018 la  4ª Beca Baxter SENEC – Grupo de Trabajo Patología Vascular para ampliación de estudios en algún Servicio de conocido prestigio en el extranjero.

Número de Becas convocadas: 2

Plazo límite: 31 de marzo de 2018

Los interesados deberán rellenar la solicitud adjunta y remitirla al Dr. José Hinojosa,


Impreso Solicitud

Se convoca para el año 2018 la Beca de Residentes para ampliación de estudios en algún Servicio de conocido prestigio en el extranjero.

Plazo límite: 31 de marzo de 2018

Los interesados deberán rellenar la solicitud adjunta y remitirla al Dr. José Hinojosa,


Impreso Solicitud

La Fundación Privada Doctor Clavel, un año más, abre la convocatoria para 3 becas de formación en cirugía de columna vertebral.

Las becas son por un periodo de formación de tres meses en el Instituto clavel del Hospital Quirón Salud en Barcelona durante 2018.

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Con el objeto de fomentar el estímulo al trabajo, al estudio y a la investigación básica o clínica en el campo de la Neurocirugía, la Sociedad de Neurocirugía de la Comunidad de Madrid convoca el

XII Premio Neuroquirúrgico de la SONCAM Dr. Pedro Mata

Fecha Límite de Presentación: 2 de octubre de 2017

Update: NeuroVR

CAE Healthcare NeuroVR Surgical Simulator from CAE Healthcare on Vimeo.

Simulation technology identifies neurosurgical residency applicants with differing levels of technical ability. These results provide information for studies being developed for longitudinal studies on the acquisition, development, and maintenance of psychomotor skills. Technical abilities customized training programs that maximize individual resident bimanual psychomotor training dependant on continuously updated and validated metrics from virtual reality simulation studies should be explored 1).

“Experts” display significantly more automaticity when operating on identical simulated tumors separated by a series of different tumors using the NeuroVR platform. These results support the Fitts and Posner model of motor learning and are consistent with the concept that automaticity improves after completing residency training. The potential educational application of the findings is outlined related to neurosurgical resident training 2).

Ultrasonic aspirator force application was continually assessed during resection of simulated brain tumors by neurosurgeons, residents, and medical students. The participants performed simulated resections of 18 simulated brain tumors with different visual and haptic characteristics. The raw data, namely, coordinates of the instrument tip as well as contact force values, were collected by the simulator. To provide a visual and qualitative spatial analysis of forces, the authors created a graph, called a force pyramid, representing force sum along the z-coordinate for different xy coordinates of the tool tip.

Sixteen neurosurgeons, 15 residents, and 84 medical students participated in the study. Neurosurgeon, resident and medical student groups displayed easily distinguishable 3D “force pyramid fingerprints.” Neurosurgeons had the lowest force pyramids, indicating application of the lowest forces, followed by resident and medical student groups. Handedness, ergonomics, and visual and haptic tumor characteristics resulted in distinct well-defined 3D force pyramid patterns.

Force pyramid fingerprints provide 3D spatial assessment displays of instrument force application during simulated tumor resection. Neurosurgeon force utilization and ergonomic data form a basis for understanding and modulating resident force application and improving patient safety during tumor resection 3).


Winkler-Schwartz A, Bajunaid K, Mullah MA, Marwa I, Alotaibi FE, Fares J, Baggiani M, Azarnoush H, Zharni GA, Christie S, Sabbagh AJ, Werthner P, Del Maestro RF. Bimanual Psychomotor Performance in Neurosurgical Resident Applicants Assessed Using NeuroTouch, a Virtual Reality Simulator. J Surg Educ. 2016 Nov – Dec;73(6):942-953. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2016.04.013. Epub 2016 Jul 7. PubMed PMID: 27395397.

Bugdadi A, Sawaya R, Olwi D, Al-Zhrani G, Azarnoush H, Sabbagh AJ, Alsideiri G, Bajunaid K, Alotaibi FE, Winkler-Schwartz A, Del Maestro R. Automaticity of Force Application During Simulated Brain Tumor Resection: Testing the Fitts and Posner Model. J Surg Educ. 2017 Jul 3. pii: S1931-7204(17)30114-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.06.018. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28684100.

Azarnoush H, Siar S, Sawaya R, Zhrani GA, Winkler-Schwartz A, Alotaibi FE, Bugdadi A, Bajunaid K, Marwa I, Sabbagh AJ, Del Maestro RF. The force pyramid: a spatial analysis of force application during virtual reality brain tumor resection. J Neurosurg. 2017 Jul;127(1):171-181. doi: 10.3171/2016.7.JNS16322. Epub 2016 Sep 30. PubMed PMID: 27689458.