We were delighted to host for a second time the bAsic Brain Course organized from 20 to 24 January 2020 by the Besta NeuroSim center in Milano (IT) and the SWISS Foundation for Innovation and Training in Surgery (SFITS).
The basics of neurosurgery were taught by combining face-to-face lectures with experiential learning. For those two highly interactive days, were prepared interactive training modules based on case-studies, demos, techniques presentations, group discussions, simulation exercises, haptic-feedback computerized neurosurgical operations, role-plays, debriefs and self-report evaluation.
Participants had the opportunity to exercise these techniques on simulators as well as on anatomical specimens. Non-technical skills were improved as well, especially when performing the modules on ethics, communication, resilience, empathy, and stress management. These soft skills are crucial for all neurosurgeons.
The course was organized under the auspices of EANS, SYNS, Swiss Society of Neurosurgery and Società Italiana di Neurochirurgia (SINch).
The course has been granted 16 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) for the Milano part and 17 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) for the Geneva course, by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).