The neurological surgery residency program involves a training period of six years.
By the end of the training program, the resident should be well-versed in the theoretical aspects of neurosurgery, fully trained in the bedside care of neurosurgical patients, a proficient technical neurosurgeon and able to critically evaluate neurosurgical clinical and basic research.
Today, neurosurgeons practice in a variety of locations, from academic centers to community hospitals and outpatient surgery centers, to major research facilities such as the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Neurosurgery is the discipline that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves and their supporting vasculature.
It is first and foremost a surgical discipline but requires a significant knowledge of neurology, critical care, trauma care and radiology.
It is a discipline that focuses on a complete system rather than any specific region of the body, and a neurosurgeon may operate on the brain, spine or extremities in any given day or week.
Neurosurgeons operate on patients of all ages, treating abnormalities that range from congenital anomalies of a newborn to trauma, tumors, vascular anomalies, seizures, infections and abnormalities of the aging, such as stroke, functional disorders or degenerative diseases of the spine.
The building has been renamed twice: It was initially Seattle Grace Hospital, then became Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital after merging with Mercy West Medical Center, and finally was re-named Grey Sloan Memorial after the plane crash survivors and the Harper Avery Foundation bought it.
There are medical doctors who have privileges at Grey Sloan Memorial, despite not being on staff, which allows them access everything that medical/surgical staff at Grey Sloan Memorial would be normally entitled to, such as use of ORs, access to patient files, administration of medications and use the pharmacy and clinical labs, access to treatment equipment, including treatment in the ER and trauma bays, and nursing assistance.
Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital was formed by the new board of directors, the survivors of the plane crash, plus Callie and Jackson in Transplant Wasteland when they decided to rename the hospital as part of their new image for the hospital.
The name honors the very reason they have the hospital in the first place and memorializes the two doctors killed in the plane crash, Lexie Grey and Mark Sloan.
Most nurses have seen the Grey’s Anatomy episode where Rose, the nurse, and Derek, the dreamy surgeon, take their relationship to the next level. Nurses rarely sneak off to on-call rooms in the middle of a shift.
In fact, hospital call rooms have very small, squeaky beds and very thin walls!
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