Category Archives: Residents’ Corner


September 20, 2011, 18:36

The professor stood before the class, his body bent, for time has had its way. His voice, hushed, drew them to him. Its strength reflective of his day. The student tells the patient’s story, as she sits alone within the hall. The professor asks a point or two. Overhead a voice seeks those on call. … Continue reading Shadows

Duty hour restrictions

August 22, 2011, 19:07

Recently, the New York Times published an editorial reviewing medical errors in the setting of duty hour restrictions. (“The Phantom Menace of Sleep-Deprived Doctors” by Darshak Sanghavi, August 5, 2011). Dr. Sanghavi’s review of this subject noted that duty hour restrictions have not significantly decreased medical errors. He argued that increased sign-off frequencies left gaping … Continue reading Duty hour restrictions

Old school in modern medicine

September 7, 2010, 13:57

From our current point of view many things seem to be “old fashioned”. Looking back from the year 2010 it feels strange that people were so excited about radio and television, as they are so “normal” nowadays. Still, only one lifetime away these things were not available. So what if we do not look back … Continue reading Old school in modern medicine

Should residents pay for their training?

June 30, 2010, 23:39

In The Netherlands there is currently a political discussion about the question whether residents should pay for their training. Reasons “pro” and “contra” are exchanged, and both make sense – to some extent. Meanwhile, the two professional associations for Dutch residents are joining forces to prevent this idea to become reality. I will discuss both … Continue reading Should residents pay for their training?

The Future of Neurosurgery: A Resident’s Perspective

May 29, 2010, 6:59

Change is a reality in all aspects of life and all fields of medicine. Neurosurgery residents are being trained in responsibility and patient care, however, the system itself is changing almost continuously. Understanding these dynamics is crucial to endure a career in medicine. Challenges include the intersection of technology and health care, understanding and modulating … Continue reading The Future of Neurosurgery: A Resident’s Perspective