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ASiT Core Neurosurgical Skills Course 2020

asit core Neurosurgical skills course 2020

Date and Time: 06/03/2020

Venue: ICC Birmingham

Course Convenors: Catherine Zhang and Matthew Stovell  

Partner organisation: Society for British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) 

Target audience: FY2 - ST3 


This full-day pre-conference course, aligned with the ISCP curriculum, aims to equip junior trainees with introductory theoretical knowledge and practical skills, that are specific to the management of Neurosurgical patients.  In particular, we try to focus on practical aspects that are difficult to gain exposure to outside neurosurgical rotations.

Topics covered include management and principles of spinal stability, traumatic brain injury, raised intracranial pressure, neuronavigation and the safe use of operative drills and craniotomies.

Whilst attention will be paid to sound theoretical 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.

Learning outcomes: 

The hope is that those who have undertaken this course will be better equipped to manage neurosurgical patients, to make most use of their time in future placements, and to provide weight to their National Selection application form.

Programme (please note this is currently provisional and subject to change). 

09.00 – 09.30

Registration and coffee


09.30 – 09.45

Introduction and welcome


09.45 – 10.45

Station 1

Groups A-E Rotate

10.45 – 11.00



11.00 – 12.00

Station 2

Groups A-E Rotate

12.00 – 13.00



13.00 – 14.00

Station 3

Groups A-E Rotate

14.00 – 14.15



14.15 – 15.15

Station 4

Groups A-E Rotate

15.15 – 15.30



15.30 – 16.30

Station 5

Groups A-E Rotate

16.30 - 16.45

Non-Technical Skills for Neurosurgeons


16.45 - 17.00

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Please note all programmes are currently provisional and subject to change. All delegates on preconference courses must also be registered to attend the ASiT 2020 Conference. For more information please email 


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Birmingham, UK
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