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Old 11-03-2011
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Hospital Preparation for Neurosurgery Elective

Hey guys got selected for a neurosurgery elective. And damn happy about tat. Can anyone please suggest me how best to prepare before hand in order to perform good during the elective. Can anyone please suggest a book to prepare from which would make me ready for it?

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Hi there, what were the resources u used for this elective because I got one in Australia and want to do som preparation beforehand.

Also, what did they expect from u as a student???

Thanks in advance,,,

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1st thing, congrats on the elective !

the day starts at around 5:15 am and ends around 5 to 7 pm, your discipline in being there early and leaving with signing out will really be appreciated.

Most Neurosurgeons are tough. residents will be always swamped with work. and many times you'll feel unwelcomed or not cared for. just persist and don't expect someone to look after you.
know all the faculty names on the first day, their clinic schedule and their OR schedule for the coming days/week if possible.

Ur morning should be in the OR and when U have time on your hand, either shadow the senior resident or better round on the pts., follow up cases for the attendings. take calls with the residents, it'll give you a great insight on how things actually go in the hospital and U'll get to C great cases first handed !

A good source to start with is "handbook of neurosurgery by Greenberg" if u seek more resources ask the residents.

Always be on the look for interesting cases, look for projects to participate in during your time of stay there. don't be just focused on LORs, connect with people and U never know what could happen in the future.

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good luck
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