NANSIG and SBNS Introduction to Neurosurgery Skills Workshop 2018

The Introduction to Neurosurgery Skills Workshop is a one day workshop designed to offer a more affordable option to medical student and foundation trainees than existing courses available.

The aim of the workshop is to give medical students and foundation trainees experience in using neurosurgical equipment in a safe, controlled environment.

The workshop covers 4 core modules:

  • Patient positioning
  • Burr holes
  • Ventricular access
  • Cranial flaps

We use the ROWENA (Realistic Operative Workstation for Educating Neurosurgical Apprentices) simulator for the workshop. The ROWENA simulator includes a base, brain and cranial top which provides delegates with materials that simulate similar tissue handling, tactile feedback and anatomical accuracy to that of a real/cadaveric brain.

One consultant neurosurgeon leads the teaching for 10 medical students/foundation trainees with one senior registrar assigned to two medical students/foundation trainees. This ensures top quality teaching and plenty of opportunities to ask questions and hands-on experience.

The previous edition of our workshop was immensely successful and a report detailing it is published in the British Journal of Neurosurgery. (1) All delegates that participated in our workshop felt more confident about attending and assisting in the theatre following the workshop.

(1) Launching an SBNS-accredited neurosurgical skills workshop for medical students and foundation trainees. British Journal of Neurosurgery. 2017;31(6):724-726.

This year’s workshop has concluded. Please refer below for pictures from the day.