The 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 March 2016 edition of AANS Neurosurgeon explores the theme, “A High-wire Act: Neurosurgery and Work-life Balance,” discussing the importance of balance in both personal and professional areas of life for all neurosurgeons.
The demands of neurosurgery often steal away time many would choose to spend with their families or doing other activities they are passionate about. Prioritization, compartmentalization and ways to “have it all” are discussed in a number of articles throughout this publication. Other articles examine the implications of physician burnout and fatigue and how each impacts quality of care provided and patient safety. Some highlights of the issue:
- Neurosurgeons: Life
- Life in Neurosurgery: All In?
- A Neurosurgeon’s Nightmare: Essential Tremor
- Point: Retirement and the Myth of Sisyphus
- Feeling the Burn: Neurosurgery, Burnout and Patient Safety
- Navigating the Yellow Brick Road: The Quest for Work Life Balance of Women in Neurosurgery
Elsewhere in the issue, readers examine the possibility can check out additional theme-related articles, as well as interviews with practicing neurosurgeons, book reviews and updates from the Washington, DC, office via its “Washington Watch” column.