Author: Elad I. Levy
Moore’s Law, developed by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, suggests that technological advancement occurs at an exponential rate. Neurosurgery is a discipline intimately connected to technology, and over time, Moore’s Law has been proven by this relationship’s explosion of novel instrumentalities aimed at improving and changing our ability to care for patients.
We now ask, how do we effectively evaluate the efficacy of the plethora of burgeoning technologies that are either iterative advancements or completely novel? Additionally, how do we match the pace of training and education to that of technological growth and progress?
Change is constant, and the current issue of the Congress Quarterly (cnsq), is dedicated to this inevitability. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” CNS President Dr. Alan Scarrow describes the commitment of the CNS to embrace change by informing and educating our membership about the advancements in each subspecialty. By identifying unique and promising technologies, and providing exposure to these innovations through our meetings, the journal Neurosurgery, and the Congress Quarterly (cnsq), we hope our membership will find avenues for progressive advancement and improvement within their respective practices.
In this issue of the cnsq, we begin to examine how “big data” may help individual providers gain more insight into patient care optimization. As Drs. Morrison and Davies suggest, the possibility of harvesting and analyzing large quantities of data is yet unrealized. As a relatively small community of neurosurgeons, the opportunity to jointly collect data to improve care may lead to shorter time horizons in adopting treatments, and significant cost savings in clinical trials.
Simulation and 3D printing is revolutionizing our ability to accelerate the surgical skill sets of our trainees. Can these modalities improve patient safety or allow for uniformity of training standards? In this issue, we explore the utility of endovascular simulation and 3D printing of the neurovasculature.
We believe we are at the forefront of integrating these technologies in the training of future generations of surgeons. As the demographics of neurosurgery residents and attending physicians change, the CNS embraces the fact that the community of neurosurgeons is beginning to more appropriately reflect the diverse population we care for, as described by Dr. Stacey Quintero-Wolfe.
I hope you enjoy the latest installment of the Congress Quarterly.