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    2023 Surgical Treatment of the Craniocervical Junction Course

    Wolstein Auditorium, Case Western Reserve University
    Aug 29, 2023 - Aug 30, 2023

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    Course Description:

    This two-day course is designed for 5th and 6th year neurosurgery residents who seek an intensive, hands-on course in the surgical management of pathologies of the craniocervical junction.

    Pathologies to be addressed include vascular diseases, tumors, deformities and trauma. Anatomical considerations, patient indications for intervention, decision-making, and surgical approaches and techniques will be discussed. Faculty will demonstrate repair, fixation and reconstruction techniques using 3-D imaging, and state-of-the-art devices and instrumentation. Small class size and emphasis on the practicum maximizes faculty and resident interaction, and the opportunity for expert guidance and skill development.

    The course is hosted by University Hospitals Neurological Institute and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

    • Describe the anatomical factors involved in the surgical management of pathologies of the craniocervical junction
    • Discuss patient indications and the surgical decision making process for selecting appropriate approaches, techniques and devices
    • Demonstrate skills in CT and MRI navigation and image guidance
    • Demonstrate surgical approaches, techniques and application of devices on tissue models
    • Plan intraoperative steps to prevent complications and maximize outcomes


    The course is limited to 18 attendees, only one resident per institution, and registrations are accepted on a first-come basis. All registrants must be residents in good standing and must have their program director’s permission to register. The educational grant covers tuition, lodging (up to two nights), roundtrip airfare, and meals and refreshment breaks at the course.

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