AANS Neurosurgeon is the official socioeconomic publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and features information and analysis for contemporary neurosurgical practice. It focuses on topics related to legislation, workforce issues and practice management as they affect the specialty of neurosurgery. The December 2014 edition of AANS Neurosurgeon considers what may lay in store for the specialty going forward.
Change is an inevitable aspect of neurosurgical practice. With the publication of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on graduate medical education in the summer of 2014, significant changes to the way neurosurgical residents are trained, and ultimately to the way the specialty is practiced, may occur sooner rather than later. The December 2014 issue of AANS Neurosurgeon explores the theme, “Healthcare Reform and Neurosurgical Education,” delving into such topics as resident education funding and accreditation, as well as the specific IOM report and healthcare reform quality measures. The issue also presents ethical considerations confronting neurosurgeons today.
Some highlights of the issue:
- Graduate Medical Education Financing: Why Care?
- IOM Report Calls for Sweeping Overhaul of Graduate Medical Education Funding
- Single-system GME Accreditation: Opportunities and Challenges for Neurosurgery
- Neurosurgery and Healthcare Reform
- Educating Our Residents for the Alphabet Soup of PQRS and HCAHPS
- Ethics, Residents and Consent: Can PGY1/PGY2 Obtain Informed Consent?
- Reflections on Glioblastoma and the New “Death with Dignity”
Elsewhere in the issue, readers can check out additional theme-related articles, as well as interviews with practicing neurosurgeons, book reviews and updates from the Washington, D.C., office via its “Washington Watch” column.
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