Author: Krystal Tomei, MD
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Resident Committee is pleased to announce a successful start to the CNS Leadership Fellow program, with 36 residents in ACGME approved residencies participating in various CNS committees. The Leadership Fellow program was inaugurated in 2015 to provide leadership development opportunities for CNS Resident members while enhancing their contributions to the CNS. Leadership Fellows serve for two years and are expected to participate in committee processes and activities. Fellows have contributed articles to Congress Quarterly, worked to develop the Resident Roadmap, helped to create educational cases for our many educational offerings, and are working to help develop an app to serve as a pocket resource for residents. Fellows will be attending their committee meetings at the CNS Annual Meeting to discuss their experience in the program thus far. We look forward to their feedback as we continue to evolve and enhance the program. We are hoping to select our second class of leadership fellows in early 2017, with the call for applications forthcoming following the 2016 CNS meeting.
Our latest venture includes the development of a resource that helps guide residents through the various steps of residency, from boards to research and on to application for jobs and fellowships. This new resource is called “CNS Resident Roadmap and Beyond” and was rolled out in June. The new Resident Roadmap covers topics that every aspiring neurosurgeon needs to know, including written boards preparation, grants and awards, fellowships, finding a position, polishing a CV and writing a cover letter, interviewing, and contract negotiation. This resource is available on the CNS website for residents to review at any time at cns.org/roadmap. We will continue to develop the Roadmap over time and add additional CNS resources to help residents navigate their way into successful graduation and career planning.
This summer we also instituted a Resident Liaison program. Specially selected resident volunteers from various neurosurgery institutions receive regular updates on current resident activities from the CNS headquarters. The resident liaisons are responsible for sharing information about live course events, online webinars, volunteer opportunities, discounts for residents, and other interesting news to their fellow residents. They also serve as social media ambassadors, sharing information on the various social media platforms about CNS courses, neurosurgical research, and other various activities. The purpose of this program is not only to disperse crucial information to residents, but also to encourage mentorship between upcoming neurosurgical leaders in the field.
CNS membership benefits for neurosurgical residents and medical students are substantial, and contribute to fulfilling the CNS mission of leadership in neurosurgical education. Initiatives such as free live and archived webinars, complimentary online course recordings, exclusive member registration rates, and complimentary housing at the CNS Annual Meeting (on a first come, first served basis) have proven highly successful. Resident members have access to all SANS Lifelong Learning products at reduced rates, are eligible for CNS Fellowship Awards, and have the opportunity to attend the 3-D Surgical Anatomy Course for senior residents. We will continue to evaluate and develop opportunities for residents and medial students across a broad spectrum of neurosurgical educational and career opportunities.