The 2020 March Issue of Neurosurgical Focus Examines Neurosurgical Education Across the Globe

Newswise — Charlottesville, VA (March 1, 2020). The March issue of Neurosurgical Focus (Vol. 48, No. 3 []) includes 20 articles on current trends in the education of neurosurgeons. Its focus is global, covering numerous countries and geographic regions.

In their introduction, topic editors Isabelle M. Germano, Najia El Abbadi, Katharine Drummond, Andrés Rubiano, William F. J. Harkness, and Franco Servadei state that they “sought to solicit papers that highlighted differences and similarities in neurosurgical education and training across the world, including new educational tools and paradigms to reduce inequality and increase access to neurosurgical care.”

All five continents are represented in the articles selected for this issue. Some articles focus on the curricula of neurosurgical resident education and training—both their structures and changes over the years. Others feature emerging training tools such as 3D printing, simulation, and augmented reality. The internet freely offers neurosurgical learning modules as well as a site that facilitates global surgical partnerships; these two initiatives are discussed. Challenges to adequate neurosurgical care posed by the economy, geography, and/or population distribution of some nations are assessed. The well-being and job satisfaction of neurosurgical trainees and practitioners are analyzed. Attention is also paid to trainee’s interest in and accessibility to global training and volunteering.

The following articles are contained in the March issue of Neurosurgical Focus:

“A system divided: the state of neurosurgical training in modern-day Vietnam” by Walter C. Jean et al.

“Job satisfaction, engagement, and burnout in the population of orthopedic surgeon and neurosurgeon trainees in mainland China” by Jinli Yu, Fei Zou, and Yirui Sun.

“The impact of African-trained neurosurgeons on sub-Saharan Africa” by Claire Karekezi et al.

“Neurosurgery residency program in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: improving neurosurgical care distribution to reduce inequality” by Adiguno S. Wicaksono et al.

“Trends in United States neurosurgery residency education and training over the last decade (2009–2019)” by Kurt A. Yaeger et al.

“The state of neurosurgical training and education in East Asia: analysis and strategy development for this frontier of the world” by Kevin Paul Ferraris, et al. 

“Academic performance after neurosurgery residency training in Turkey: a national survey” by Fatih Yakar et al.

“Reaching the horizon and looking beyond: neurosurgery education in Kazakhstan” by Serik Akshulakov et al.

“Challenges in the Australasian neurosurgery training program: who should be trained and where should they train?” by Katharine J. Drummond et al.

“Residency perception survey among neurosurgery residents in lower-middle-income countries: grassroots evaluation of neurosurgery education” by Harsh Deora et al.

“Neurosurgical education in Egypt and Africa” by Nasser M. F. El-Ghandour

“Development and assessment of competency-based neurotrauma course curriculum for international neurosurgery residents and neurosurgeons” by Sergio A. Calero-Martinez et al.

“Neurosurgical training and global health education: systematic review of challenges and benefits of in-country programs in the care of neural tube defects” by Kellen Gandy et al.

“The initial experience of InterSurgeon: an online platform to facilitate global neurosurgical partnerships” by Jacob R. Lepard et al.

“Current US neurosurgical resident involvement, interest, and barriers in global neurosurgery” by Paige Lundy, Christopher Miller, and Sarah Woodrow.

The Neurosurgical Atlas: advancing neurosurgical education in the digital age” by Zoe E. Teton et al.

“Development and validation of a synthetic 3D-printed simulator for training in neuroendoscopic ventricular lesion removal” by Maria Licci et al.

“Augmented reality and physical hybrid model simulation for preoperative planning of metopic craniosynostosis surgery” by Giselle Coelho et al. 

“An analysis of cross-continental scholarship requirements during neurosurgical training and national research productivity” by Michael S. Rallo et al.

“Interest and participation in global neurosurgery: a survey of Canadian neurosurgery residents” by Harrison J. Westwick et al.


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Ms. Jo Ann M. Eliason, Communications Manager, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group, One Morton Drive, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22903; Email: [email protected]  Phone 434-982-1209.

Neurosurgical Focus, an online-only, monthly, peer-reviewed journal, covers a different neurosurgery-related topic in depth each month and is available free to all readers at Enhanced by color images and video clips, each issue constitutes a state-of-the-art "textbook chapter" in the field of neurosurgery. Neurosurgical Focus is one of five journals published by the JNS Publishing Group, the scholarly journal division of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Other peer-reviewed journals published by the JNS Publishing Group each month include the Journal of Neurosurgery, the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, and Neurosurgical Focus: Video. All five journals can be accessed at

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 10,000 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the brain, spinal column, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. For more information, visit


Journal Link: Neurosurgical Focus, March 2020