The neurosurgery department at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has a long history of fostering interest in neurosurgery among medical students here at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (read more here).
A group of medical students, Scott Widemon, Trae Robison, Blake Taylor, and Stephen Bowden, (all pictured above) have gotten so interested that they started a medical student chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
The purpose of the AANS is to advance the study and continual improvement of neurological surgery for the highest quality patient care.
The medical student chapter of AANS at Columbia will promote neurosurgery to medical students, and encourage networking and building support among medical students, residents, and faculty members. Plans are in the works for teaching sessions about neurosurgery, and advice on research and residency opportunities.
The chapter’s first meeting took place on September 14th. More than 35 junior medical students attended, as well as chief resident Dr. Benjamin Kennedy.
Chapter Founder and President, Blake Taylor says, “The residents and attendings are quite excited about it. It will help medical students network with residents and attendings about things like research projects and residency advice.”
“Columbia has a long tradition of training great neurosurgeons,” says Dr. Jeffrey N. Bruce, Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “In the United States, there are more neurosurgeons from Columbia than any other medical school. We are delighted that there is now an AANS med student chapter here thanks to these co-founders. Having a student chapter will help to attract future neurosurgery leaders.”
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