Author: Brian L. Hoh, MD, MBA
Case of the Month (COTM), based on number of touches (about 200-400 participants each month), is one of the most successful educational offerings of the CNS. Initially, the concept of COTM was conceived as an open forum for CNS members to discuss interesting or complex cases. In the last several years, COTM has evolved into a very popular educational tool with SANS-type questions that the participant answers. After answering the questions, the participant reads a didactic educational piece with evidence-based references.
An editorial board of eight subspecialty content experts create cases with questions and didactic educational pieces each month addressing knowledge gaps in the neurosurgery community. The cases, questions, and didactic pieces undergo a rigorous vetting process by the editorial board before being posted online.
The makeup of the COTM participants tends to favor international neurosurgeons with a significant representation from residents and fellows. The strengths of COTM are its significant domestic and international outreach to neurosurgeons and ability to provide education addressing knowledge gaps in short, succinct snippets, which seem to account for its popular appeal. The outreach of COTM is boosted by social media marketing and linking to COTM on the CNS website. In 2016 year, COTM aims to incorporate mCase e-rounds and cross-link each offering. There are many exciting educational possibilities to be explored in the future that will continue to grow the outreach of COTM.