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The residency program has a robust schedule of didactic conferences.  These are held in the KR Smith Conference room , which is equipped with a large wall mounted monitor and a desktop computer, wireless accessories, and capability to project from laptop computers.   The hospital provides high-speed 802.11b/WiFi capability.  All residents are required to attend scheduled conferences.  These take place on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am, Thursday mornings at 7:30 am and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 pm.

Weekly Conferences

  • Dandy Journal Club: At least one week in advance, articles are selected from relevant neurosurgical journals and assigned to both on- and off-service residents. These articles are then presented by respective residents and discussed with faculty.
  • Patient Care Conference: During this conference, interesting cases are discussed and teaching points are made. This educational experience often includes reviewing imaging in the form of conventional radiographs and/or intra-operative video or photography. It also provides a forum for faculty and residents to collaborate and discuss difficult or perplexing cases.
  • Resident Teaching Conference: This conference consists of didactic sessions given by neurosurgical faculty on various anatomic, radiographic, and operative topics.

Monthly Conferences

  • The Greenberg Review: The off-service senior resident generates a presentation regarding a pre-determined chapter in Greenberg Handbook of Neurosurgery.
  • Psychosurgery Conference: Overlapping neurosurgical and psychiatric cases and topics are discussed. Residents and faculty from neurosurgery and psychiatry are present.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference (M&M): This conference consists of case presentations by the chief resident from the previous month’s complications and/or deaths.
  • Movement Disorders Conference: This is hosted by Drs. Richard Bucholz and Pratap Chand, the movement disorders specialist.  Potential surgical candidates are presented, often with videographic data.
  • Neuro-Critical Care Conference: This conference is shared with surgical critical care (neuro-anesthesia), stroke neurology, and neurosurgery. Interesting cases, patient morbidity and mortality, and relevant literature are presented by each of the respective services in a rotating fashion.
  • Neuropathology Conference: This conference is hosted by neuro-pathologist, Dr. Miguel Guzman.  The curriculum consists of a comprehensive review of pathologies of the central nervous system.
  • Neurosurgery Tumor Board: This is a multidisciplinary conference and often includes presentations from neurology, oncology, radiology, radiation oncology, pathology, and, of course, neurosurgery. The cases are introduced by neurosurgery residents.  Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital also hosts its own Tumor Board, but is not restricted to CNS pathology.
  • Radiation Oncology Conference: This conference is hosted by Dr. John Dombrowski, Chair of Radiation Medicine.  The curriculum includes radiation oncology and basic physics as it relates to tumors of the central nervous system and the late effects of radiation on the central nervous system
  • Resident Meeting: The resident meeting is hosted by Dr. Bucholz, the Program Director. During this meeting a pre-determined agenda of items is discussed.
  • Resident Research Conference: Resident ongoing research projects are presented and discussed with Dr. Bucholz.


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