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ASiT Core Neurosurgical Skills - ASiT 2018 Pre-Conference Course


VENUE: Edinburgh International Conference Centre - Menteith Room

Friday 6th April 2018

This course can be booked through the on-line conference registration system when registering for the conference

Course conveners: Edward Dyson, Nish Srikandarajah

Target audience: Medical Student-CT2/ST2 with an interest in neurosurgery.

Please note this course is not a standalone course, and in order to be eligible to attend, you must register for the ASiT 2018 Conference.

Programme A rotation around 4 stations, comprising

The unstable cervical spine: Small group teaching on the biomechanics and classification of cervical spine fractures. Practical: Application of Halo traction and Vest sponsored by 


Intracranial Pressure: Small group teaching on the pathophysiology of raised ICP, monitoring, waveforms and management thereof. Practical: Insertion of ICP monitor sponsored by 


Neuronavigation: Small group teaching on the principles and benefits of Neuronavigation. Practical: Setting-up a neuronavigation system, EVD placement sponsored by 


Safe use of surgical drills: Small group teaching on the principles of the burr systems and the various attachments. Practical: Tuition on the use of burrs, the craniotome and perforators sponsored by 

Spinal Instrumentation: Small group teaching on the landmarks for safe pedicle screw and cervical lateral mass screw fixation.  Practical: Hands-on practice on whole spine sawbones sponsored by 


Learning Outcomes

This full-day pre-conference course, aligned with the ISCP curriculum, aims to equip Foundation Doctors and CT/ST trainees with some of the introductory theoretical knowledge, and practical skills, that are specific to the management of Neurosurgical patients.  In particular, we try to focus on those practical aspects that are difficult to gain exposure to in allied specialties.

Topics include the basic management of the unstable cervical spine injury, traumatic head injury and raised intra-cranial pressure, neuronavigation and the safe use of operative drills and craniotomes.

Whilst attention will be paid to sound theoretic principles, the course is heavily practical, and there is ample opportunity to become familiar with a diverse array of equipment used in modern neurosurgical practice.

The hope is that those who have undertaken this course will be better equipped to manage the neurosurgical patient, to make most use of their time in future placements  and to provide weight to their National selection application form, should they be interested in Neurosurgery as a career.


09.00 – 09.30 Registration and coffee All
09.30 – 09.45 Introduction and welcome All
09.45 – 10.45 Station 1 Groups A-E Rotate
10.45 – 11.00 Break All
11.00 – 12.00 Station 2 Groups A-E Rotate
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch All
13.00 – 14.00 Station 3 Groups A-E Rotate
14.00 – 14.15 Break All
14.15 – 15.15 Station 4 Groups A-E Rotate
15.15 – 15.30 Break  
15.30 – 16.30 Station 5 Groups A-E Rotate
16.30 - 16.45 Non-Technical Skills for Neurosurgeons All
16.45 - 17.00 Portfolio Advice, Feedback and Close All

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The course will conclude with a free evening drinks reception and canapés from 1800.

Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Morrison Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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