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Didactic teaching is carried out in a wide variety of weekly conferences for neurosurgery residents, faculty, and medical students. They focus on a broad range of neurosurgical topics, as well as topics from other disciplines, and allows for close interaction and lively discussions between those in attendance.

Faculty Case Conference: Thursdays, 7:00am - 7:30am

This conference is led by a neurosurgery faculty member on a rotating basis. The main focus is case analysis and in-depth discussion on neurosurgical conditions and treatments.

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30am - 8:30am

This conference is led by a wide variety of speakers from neurosurgery (residents, faculty, and medical students) and guest speakers from other disciplines. The topics are diverse and include, but are not limited to, neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neurology, cerebrovascular surgery, pain management, pediatric neurosurgery, and stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Other general topics are included such as general critical care, infection control, and practice management issues.

Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) Conference: 4th Thursdays, 7:30am - 8:30am

Selected cases and their accompanying complications from the services of UMMC, VA, and Shock Trauma are chosen for presentation by the QA Officer, Bizhan Aarabi, M.D., and the neurosurgery faculty. The conference consists of a relevant clinical summary, identifying the complication, presenting a short referenced presentation on the topic, and outlining a management plan to prevent the complication in the future. In addition to neurosurgery faculty and residents, representatives from the offices of Quality Assurance, neuropathology, and neuroradiology attend.

Journal Club: Every Other Month, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

This conference brings residents together to critically evaluate scholarly journal articles written about various neurosurgical conditions. In-depth analysis and discussion amongst the residents is the primary focus of this conference. At least 1-2 faculty members are present to answer any questions the residents may have during the discussion.

Tumor Board: Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

This weekly conference focuses on neuro-oncology/spine tumor cases in collaboration with the Cancer Center physicians.

Henderson Lecture: Annually, Wednesday, 9:00am - 10:00am

This annual lecture is presented by an outstanding neurosurgeon chosen by the residents and faculty during a selection process. The date of the lecture is determined by the chosen speaker. This lecture is funded by a benefactor in honor of the deceased neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles M. Henderson, who practiced in Baltimore for 26 years. Dr. Henderson was the first president of the Maryland Neurosurgical Society and a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgery, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.