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Practical Neurosurgery

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:9.00
Study Course Accepted:19.02.2024
Study Course Information
Course Code:NUNK_005LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Clinical Medicine; NeurologyTarget Audience:Medicine
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Kaspars Auslands
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
The Head of Structural Unit:Andrejs Millers
Contacts:Rīga, Pilsoņu iela 13, VSIA P.Stradiņa KUS, 37. korpuss; Hipokrāta iela 2, 7. nodaļa, 901. telpa, neuroatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67069653; +371 67536540
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)1Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures2
Classes (count)10Class Length (academic hours)3Total Contact Hours of Classes30
Total Contact Hours32
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Aquired skills in compulsory subject "Neurosurgery" in study programme "Medicine" are required.
The student acquires in-depth knowledge and an idea of neurosurgically correctable pathologies.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1The latest in glioma therapy. Infectious pathologies of CNS to be corrected by neurosurgery. Congenital CNS pathologies, their surgical correction. Problems during neurosurgical operations, their prevention. Recent international achievements in neurosurgical practice.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Craniotomies, approaches in neurosurgery.Classes1.00clinical base
3Neuronavigation in neurosurgery, onconeurosurgery.Classes1.00clinical base
4The choice of operative approach of various CNS pathologies.Classes1.00clinical base
5The basic principles of surgical treatment tactics of peripheral nervous system lesions.Classes1.00clinical base
6The spinal tumours, treatment tactics.Classes1.00clinical base
7Vertebroplasty.Classes1.00clinical base
8Failed back surgery.Classes1.00clinical base
9Cerebral aneurysms.Classes1.00clinical base
10Microanastamoses in neurosurgery.Classes1.00clinical base
11Preparation of examination and treatment plan for neurosurgical pathologies.Classes1.00clinical base
Unaided Work:
Student's independent work includes the preparation of tasks with clinical cases. In the clinical case the task includes: • patient's clinical case analysis of certain pathology through medical history scheme oriented to the problems; • preparation of literature review attributable to the clinical case; • preparation of clinical case presentation. • pracitcal neurosurgical manipulations during the practical seminars. In order to evaluate the quality of the study course as a whole, the student must fill out the study course evaluation questionnaire on the Student Portal.
Assessment Criteria:
Final rating. Cumulative assesment – the student's knowledge of the etiology, pathogenesis, clinic, diagnostics, treatment principles and prevention of neurosurgical diseases is tested (60%). Presentation of a clinical case (40%). Knowledge, skills and competence are assessed on the basis of the results of the study work throughout the course.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:On completion of the study course student should acquire in-depth knowledge and expertise about diagnostic principles of different neurosurgical pathologies, and types and specificity of different cranial and spinal neurosurgical operations, and is able to apply the acquired knowledge for conservative and surgical treatment of various neurosurgical diseases.
Skills:Upon successful completion of the study course the student will acquire the skills and abilities that will allow to: • draw up the examination and treatment plan for neurosurgical pathologies; • identify surgical treatment tactics, operation type selection for various neurosurgical diseases; • explain the difficulties during neurosurgical operations, their prevention, the tactics of action; • predict the possible outcome of illness and treatment; • be familiar with the latest international developments in neurosurgical field.
Competencies:The resulting competence of the study course acquisition will allow to independently analyse medical problems of neurosurgical diseases, to rationally use additional opportunities for investigation, to make the situation analysis, display the individual attitude for patients and to justify the chosen treatment plan.
Required Reading
1Greenberg, M. Greenberg's Handbook of Neurosurgery. 10th edition. New York, Thieme, 2023.
2Ellenbogen, R., et al. Principles of Neurological Surgery. 4th edition. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2018.
3Rhoton, A. Rhoton's Cranial Anatomy and Surgical Approaches. New York, Oxford University Press, 2020.
Additional Reading
1Neurosurgery Fundamentals. N. Agarwal. Thieme, 2019
2Essential Neurosurgery Companion (Thieme). Gasco, Nader, Gragnaniello. 2012.
3Neurosurgery Knowledge Update: A Comprehensive Review (Thieme). Harbaugh, Shaffrey, Couldwell, Berger. 2015
4The Neurosurgical Atlas, by Aaron Cohen-Gadol.
5Connolly, E. S., McKhannII, G. M., Huang, J., Choudhri, T. F., Komotar, R. J., Mocco, J. Fundamentals of Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery. United States: Thieme Publishers New York, 2011.
6Harbaugh, Shaffrey, Couldwell, Berger. Neurosurgery Knowledge. Update, 2015.
7Lawton. Seven Aneurysms, 2011.
8Spetzler, Kalani, Nakaji. Neurovascular Surgery. 2nd edition, 2015.
9Lehecka, M., Laakso, A., Hernesniemi, J. Helsinki Microneurosurgery Basics and Tricks. 2011.
Other Information Sources
1The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
2American Associationof Neurological Surgeons