AANS Newsletter Spotlights Pitt NSIG

Pittsburgh, February 8, 2016 -- The University of Pittsburgh Neurosurgery Interest Group (NSIG) for medical students was recently featured in the winter 2016 issue of the American Association of Neurological Neurosurgeon's Young Neurosurgeons News newsletter. The article commended NSIG’s exceptional productivity as a chapter of AANS, citing its members’ contribution to more than 15 peer-reviewed papers in the past year.

NSIG was also recognized for the numerous didactic and procedural learning events it has conducted since the group’s founding in fall 2014, including suture workshops with neurosurgery residents, summer research progress meetings with resident advisor Nitin Agarwal, MD, seminars on neuroradiology and deep brain stimulation (DBS), faculty and resident panels on neurosurgical careers, and student outreach activities.

The goal of NSIG is to foster student interest in neurosurgery, match students with residents and faculty in the UPMC Department of Neurological Surgery for shadowing and research, foster clinical competence, and ultimately increase the number of Pitt students applying to neurosurgical residencies. It provides members with up-to-date news via its “Pittmed Neurosurgery” Facebook page, and is currently seeking Women in Neurosurgery (WINS) chapter status.

The article acknowledged NSIG’s faculty advisor Raymond Sekula, MD, and commended NSIG for its “stellar work thus far” and the “bright and promising future” of the chapter.

The article can be accessed on the AANS Young Neurosurgeons News website.