Brain surgery, science and education

As a pediatric neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, and educator, I come across many interesting bits of information and wonderful people. I will try to share some of this with you here. While the site draws heavily from my experiences as the Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Oregon Health & Science University, and head of neurosurgery at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, this is a personal blog. My thanks to my wonderful OHSU colleagues, who share this exciting and rewarding work with me.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Standing Up For the Team

Caring for children is both a critical mission and a gift. Those of us privileged to work at OHSU-Doernbecher Children’s Hospital are stewards of systems of care that are vital to the health of our children and the sustainability of our communities. Part of that vitality and sustainability are the training of the next generation of practitioners.

Doernbecher partners with the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at OHSU to train the doctors who will care for our children and their children in the future, long after our own work is done. The presence of trainees in the hospital enriches us. We think of new and improved ways to deliver care. There are additional doctors present in the hospital at night who can respond to a sudden change more quickly than in typical care settings. There are more people available to educate families and patients about their illness and their care.

This week, I was honored for my work as the Director of the neurosurgical residency training program that is housed at both Doernbecher Children’s and OHSU Hospitals. The Palmer J. Parker Courage to Teach Award is given to 10 residency or fellowship program directors in the United States each year to recognize the value and importance of medical and surgical training and of educators. Mentorship, promotion of excellent patient care and safety, and educational innovation are core attributes for the award.

Although the honor is in my name, it is clearly a reflection of the quality and expertise of the faculty and residents at Doernbecher and OHSU with whom I work, their commitment to the highest quality education, to innovation, and to world class patient care.

I am proud of the young neurosurgeons training at OHSU-Doernbecher. Mentoring them is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my job. They contribute directly to the safety and wonderful outcomes of patients we care for. I am honored and humbled that the ACGME has recognized the work we do together.

The team at work in the operating room

Simulation based training

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