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An Analysis of the On-Call Clinical Experience of a Junior Neurosurgical Resident.

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The process of transforming a medical student to a competent neurosurgeon is becoming increasingly scrutinized and formalized. However, there are few data on resident workload.We sought to quantify the workload and educational experience of a junior resident while "on-call."A single resident's on-call log was reviewed from the period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016, corresponding to that resident's postgraduate years 2 and 3. For each patient encounter (ie, consult or admission), information pertaining to the patient's demographics, disease or reason for consult, date/time/location of consult, and need for any neurosurgical intervention within the first 24 hours was collected.In total, 1929 patients were seen in consultation. The majority of patients were male (62%) with a median age of 50 years (range, day of life 0-102 years) and had traumatic diagnoses (52%). The number of consults received during the 16:00 to 17:00 and 17:00 to 18:00 hours was +1.6 and +2.5 standard deviations above the mean, respectively. The busiest and slowest months were May and January, respectively. Neurosurgical intervention performed within the first 24 hours of consultation occurred in 330 (17.1%) patients: 221 (11.4%) major operations, 69 (3.6%) external ventricular drains, and 40 (2.1%) intracranial pressure monitors.This is the first study to quantify the workload and educational experience of a typical neurosurgical junior resident while "on-call" (ie, carrying the pager) for 2 consecutive years. It is our hope that these findings are considered by neurosurgical educators when refining resident education.

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Name: Neurosurgery
ISSN: 1524-4040
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