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April 2005
Volume 2, Issue 1
MGH Neurosurgical Society Alumni News






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awarded the 2006 AANS/CNS Cloward Fellowship Award, based on his work in Emad Eskandar's lab on selective enhancement of associative learning by microstimulation of the anterior caudate. Manish Aghi will be honored at the 2006 AANS Annual Meeting with the Mahaley Award as the investigator presenting the best clinical study in neuro-oncology.

The second major structural change in resident training has been to systematize the teaching of the six areas of clinical competency, as defined by the ACGME. As you are all aware, these elements, which embody professionalism, patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, systems-based practice, and interpersonal communication skills have

always been an integral part of our program. However, it has been necessary to systematically incorporate these items explicitly into our didactic teaching and trainee evaluation procedures.

The evolutionary trend toward subspecialty teaching continues to require gradual changes in the organization of our residents' clinical years. This is a happy circumstance, reflecting the ever-increasing volume of work in complex spine, tumors, vascular, radiosurgery, functional, and pediatrics. Our accepting a third trainee every other year will facilitate the process. The first class of three will enter this July.

Our most recent graduate is Khalid Abbed, who is presently the North Attending. In July,

he will take position as Spine Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic.

Brian Hoh, who finished just before Khalid, is now on the Staff of the University of Florida Gainsville, putting his outstanding talents as a vascular neurosurgeon to good use. We take immense pride in the quality of these two individuals as well as all of our present and former trainees.

Symposiums, lecture series

More than 150 participants joined in November for the Fall Carolyn Frye Halloran Symposium on Neuro-Oncology-Stem Cells

and Brain Tumors. The two-day event included more than 20 speakers from throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Dr. Bob S. Carter and Dr. William Curry organized the symposium .....
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