Several mandatory didactic conferences take place weekly and monthly throughout the year. Monthly morbidity and mortality conference features resident presentation of each month's cases, with emphasis on identifying management decision-making processes. Each week surgical spine, tumor and cerebrovascular conferences are held. Residents and faculty bring their challenging cases to discuss operative planning and to participate in resident, student and nurse education. There are also weekly epilepsy and trauma conferences that residents may attend, as well as quarterly pituitary conferences.
Journal Club occurs monthly and is devoted to a general overview of the month's new literature with focused debate over timely issues.
A visiting professor conference series is conducted 4 to 6 times per year in which a distinguished professor with national acclaim is featured. Elective surgical activities are suspended to allow for this half-day of lectures. Two lectures are delivered by the guest and additional current topics are presented by the local faculty or senior residents.
A few times a year through our laboratory science courses an afternoon session occurs. These sessions consist of approach courses and training seminars, which include presentations, discussions, and hands-on training with cadaveric dissections, spine instrumentation, open vascular procedures or endovascular training using simulators.