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Educational and Elective Opportunities

​Educational Series

UC San Diego Neurological Surgery dedicates 2-3 hours every Friday for its educational mission. This time is divided into Grand Rounds, Resident Didactic Sessions, a monthly Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) Conference, monthly interdisciplinary presentations, bi-monthly Department case presentations, and guest lectures. Our dedicated academic teaching is continuously evolving to meet the needs of the Department and reflects the rich diversity of expertise at UC San Diego. Topics range from allied specialties including neuroradiology and neuropathology to basic and translational neurosciences. Regular feedback is solicited from both the faculty and residents, and adjustments to the programming are made accordingly.

For scheduling information and to join our distribution list, please email omak@health.ucsd.edu.

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Courses, Programs and Rotations

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Spinal Robotics Curriculum

As a key opinion leader in the rapidly developing field of spinal robotics, Dr. Martin Pham, along with UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery, has partnered with Medtronic to deliver surgeon education courses on how to best utilize these technologies in practice. These courses include live surgery observation, cadaver instruction with the robotics platform, and software demonstrations to tailor surgical planning to individual patient care. In addition to these in-person workshops, online podcasts and lectures on robotic spine surgery are also available for download. Dr. Pham has piloted a global outreach surgeon education program with the Department of Orthopaedics in Nairobi, Kenya to help local surgeons better treat advanced spinal conditions.

Other trainings offered:

  • Endoscopic Evacuation of Intracerebral Hemorrhage
  • Brain AVM Embolization with Liquid Embolics
  • Train the Trainer Course in Device Technology


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