From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other sources that we believe are relevant to our audience. We wanted to bring attention to the recent analysis of the worth of neurosurgeons in academic departments by Elad I. Levy, MD, FAANS, MBA, FACS, FAHA; Kunal Vakharia, MD; and Michael Cournyea, CEO of the University at Buffalo Neurosurgery, Inc. This article from the Winter 2021 issue of Congress Quarterly examines how the relative value unit (RVU) system is insufficient for effectively measuring an academic surgeon’s impact and value and proposes alternative strategies for developing appropriate compensation models for teaching faculty.

Academic neurosurgical departments are the lifeblood of the neurosurgical profession — their mission is to train the next generation of neurosurgeons. By educating stakeholders such as health care systems, universities, philanthropic entities and the community of the importance of each of the subspecialties in neurosurgery, it becomes possible to create appropriate compensation models for teaching faculty.

To read the complete article, click here.

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