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World Neurosurg. 2013 Nov;80(5):e21-5. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2012.10.069. Epub 2012 Oct 27.

Synoptic philosophy in a neurosurgical residency: a book and cinema club.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.


Introduction of a book and cinema club in a Department of Neurosurgery has helped combine an education in humanities with neurosurgical training. The authors believe the addition of teaching in humanities adds to the specialty and helps in fulfilling the six core competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The goal is to encourage synoptic philosophy and impart creative ways of interacting with the world. Books and movies with a medical basis and nonmedical basis were selected and reviewed in an open forum. Efforts were made to integrate the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education six core competencies into the discussions. Residents anonymously completed a questionnaire pertaining to the usefulness of the book club in residency. There were 13 residents who attended the sessions and responded to the questionnaire. Of residents, 61.5% believed the topics were pertinent to their everyday life, and 77% believed that the club had helped them somehow in residency. Most (7 of 13) believed the club should not be included as part of the curriculum in an 80-hour work week. Institution of a book and movie club seems to be an effective way of integrating humanities within a neurosurgical residency.


ACGME; ACGME core competencies; Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; Book and cinema club; Synoptic philosophy

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