News : 2009 : October

Residents at the Top of Their Game: Congress of Neurological Surgeons SANS Challenge


Chief Residents Dr. Hamad Farhat and Dr. Ted Brindle took home second place and $1500 at the 2009 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Resident SANS Challenge. Held on October 24-29 in New Orleans, LA, the contest consisted of three rounds that tested physicians in residency on their neurosurgery knowledge. All applicants first participated in a preliminary online qualification round, after which nine out of the thirty programs were selected. The live championship included other top tier universities such as Columbia University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Mayo Medical Center. According to Dr. Farhat, “ the competition was tough but we came ready. It is a great feeling to know that what we have been taught at Miami has fully prepared us to compete with other top ranked programs”.

In addition to the Residency Challenge, the 2009 CNS Conference focused on exemplifying ‘A Culture of Excellence’ through the field of neurosurgery. Featured speakers included Dr. James Rutka, a leader in both pediatric neurosurgery and neurosurgery in Canada and worldwide. The program also gave residents an opportunity to attend educational courses on topics such as 3-D Anatomy and Emerging Technologies in the Treatment of Neurotrauma.

The CNS Conference is just one of the many opportunities the University’s residents can take advantage of as part of their comprehensive training experience.