New MERF grant supports neurosurgery education

CINCINNATI – The Mayfield Education & Research Foundation has committed to support the Medical Student Neurosurgery Training Center, a program supported by some of the nation's elite medical centers to provide medical students interested in a career in neurosurgery with the knowledge and support they need.

The $20,000 grant continues the Foundation's longstanding efforts to enhance the future of neurosurgery through education and training. It will help give students a basic grounding in neurosurgery subspecialties, enable a series of online learning resources and promote virtual training camps to help the students acquire practical skills. Because neurosurgery is among the most competitive of medical specialties, organizers say, providing enough information to allow for timely decisions will help fill a pipeline of future neurosurgeons.

"At Mayfield, we are committed to investing in people and programs that create a solid foundation for talented students to excel," said Dr. William Tobler, chair of the Mayfield Foundation Board of Directors. "This program will meet students where they are and help support the kind of clinicians and researchers who will create value for neurosurgery patients."

The Mayfield Education & Research Foundation helps advance the care of patients with brain and spine disorders through leading-edge education and research. It supports the neurosurgeons of Mayfield Brain & Spine, one of the nation's leading independent neurosurgery practices. Through training for medical residents and fellows, clinical research and public health programming, the Foundation continues Mayfield's historic commitment to innovation in clinical care, education and research.

Born in 2018 and 2019 through short-term "boot camps" held at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, the MSNTC was created out of an effort to provide neurosurgery-focused education for medical students. Inspired by the demand for virtual training platforms, the Training Center combines traditional courses with a newly developed online curriculum and an ever-growing body of electronic educational resources. A YouTube video library has drawn more than 6,200 subscribers, compared to about 500 two years ago. And an online blog has posted dozens of articles to provide public education about neurosurgery.

"It's important to patients with significant brain and spine disorders that we can fill the neurosurgery pipeline with students who are fully prepared to meet these challenges," said Sergio W. Guadix, executive director of the Training Center. "Visionary leaders like those at the Mayfield Education & Research Foundation are helping create the future of the profession."

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