May 1 abstract submission deadline for NeuroSafe 2017
The Department of Neurosurgery is hosting NeuroSafe 2017 – a symposium designed to give attendees an opportunity to learn about, discuss, and reflect upon what it takes to build the safest environments for neurosurgery patients throughout the country. This year’s symposium continues and expands the quality and safety discussions begun during NeuroSafe 2016.
We extend an open invitation for the submission of abstracts for NeuroSafe 2017. Abstracts are to be 200-300 words long and must be submitted electronically to the program committee.
Key topic areas include:
Pediatric neuroscience metrics focus of NeuroSafe 2017 keynote address
Gerald A. Grant, MD, FACS, is one of four keynote speakers for the July 20-21 NeuroSafe 2017 symposium on improving quality and safety in neurosurgery sponsored by the Department of Neurosurgery. His topic will focus on the Hunt for Ambulatory Metrics in the Pediatric Neurosciences.
Inspiration of one student helps inspire others to pursue careers in medicine
In the fall of 2015, Jack Hedberg, now a third-year undergraduate student in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, was inspired to create the Undergraduate Surgery Interest Group (USIG). The group gives students a unique avenue for learning more about surgery – one available on only three other campuses nationwide.
An innovative therapy is helping stroke patients improve hand movement
Let’s imagine a patient named Elizabeth. She had a stroke several years ago that affected her right hand. It’s her dominant hand and her inability to use it to perform daily tasks has taken a toll. It’s gotten worse over time. Elizabeth heard about a relatively new clinic at the Clinics and Surgery Center on the U of M campus. The therapy offered there intrigued her, so she made an appointment.
2016 Angie Balkcum Award salutes employee’s lifetime achievement
The winner of the Department of Neurosurgery’s 2016 Angie Balkcum Award – Executive Administrative Assistant Susan Whaley Brown – was announced during the recent department-sponsored Titrud Lecture in Neurosurgery. Whaley Brown said she was “shocked, surprised and excited” about winning the prestigious award. “It made me feel that my work over the years is valued. All the dedication and hard work are acknowledged…it is an honor.”
Unmasking Brain Injury display slated to come to Brooklyn Center
Since March of 2016, the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance’s Unmasking Brain Injury in Minnesota project has shined a spotlight on what it’s like to live with brain injury. Combining therapy, art and advocacy, the project helps brain injury survivors, professionals and caregivers create masks to give them a different kind of voice in educating the public about what it’s like to live with an “invisible injury.” According to Brad Donaldson, Director of Operations at the Alliance and project lead on Unmasking Brain Injury in Minnesota, “We knew we had powerful stories in Minnesota to share and that this state is committed to learning those stories and enhancing our knowledge of brain injury to create a better world.”
Titrud Lecture – Privademics model can provide the best of both worlds
Many neurosurgery practices throughout the country have adopted what’s known as the “privademics” model. It’s a hybrid that brings an academic practice and a private practice together. Since 2010, Indianapolis-based Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine has been perfecting its own privademic model. That journey was the focus of the recent Titrud Lectureship in Neurosurgery held on the Minneapolis U of M campus.
Innovative device delivers far less radiation, multi-dimensional imaging data
For more than a month now, certain adult and pediatric patients at the U of M’s Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC) have stepped into what they often describe as a Star Trek-like transporter, according to Imaging Department Manager Joanne Johnson. The sizeable device (pictured at right) is a system developed and manufactured by EOS Imaging, headquartered in Paris, France.
Ruptured aneurysm enables nursing student to learn what it’s like from the other side of the bed
It was Halloween, 2016. Then Master of Nursing student Yumi Izumi (pictured at left with her mother) was working in the library on the University of Minnesota campus when she leaned down to unplug her computer. As she arose, she realized she had a pounding headache. “It wasn’t the worst headache of my life,” Izumi said. “But it was weird because it happened so fast.”
Upcoming Titrud Lecture to focus on “privademics”
The privademic model, which combines some aspects of academic practice – from research opportunities to teaching responsibility – in a private practice or community hospital setting, is becoming increasingly common in neurosurgery and other surgical specialties. Mitesh V. Shah, MD, FACS, will address how it works at Indianapolis-based Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine, where he is currently President and Managing Partner, during the 13th Annual Titrud Lectureship in Neurosurgery, hosted by the U of M’s Department of Neurosurgery.