Continuously searching for ways to improve resident education, Dr. Ashwini Sharan has begun a series of classes for residents. Each class is a one-day session focused on a specific set of techniques that the resident will need competency in. Using a traditional class format means that each resident is not only drilled on specific skills, but also gets to learn from his fellow students - and future colleagues- by observing them perform the same tasks. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons conference has similar workshops where practicing neurosurgeons can get familiarity with new tools. These classes are intended to ensure that residents enter the OR with a solid foundation of basic skills. The first class was conducted with support from Stryker, a medical technology firm which is interested in staging similar courses at universities around the country

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