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5th SBNS ST3 Bootcamp for Neurosurgery 2020

The SAC approved ST3 Neuro bootcamp held in Coventry


Course Introduction

The Venue: Clinical Science Building (CSB) and West Midlands Surgical Training Centre (Cadaver lab) based at University Hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire, in Coventry.

 It is aimed at the ST3 trainees selected through Neurosurgery National Selection Process and is compulsory for all ST3 Trainees.

 Aim of the BOOT CAMP:

a) Simulation training in consenting and positioning for Basic Neurosurgery  

   Cranial and spinal approaches

   We are using operating tables and mannequins/actors for positioning simulation.

b) Regional Anatomy lectures for the approaches that are covered.

c) Hands on exercise on cadavers for these approaches.

We will be using Neuro-navigation for cranial approaches and image intensifiers for spinal approaches.


The approaches covered are:

 Cranial: Bifrontal, Trauma (Pterional) flap, Parasagittal, Occipital/Trans-nasal Trans-sphenoidal endoscopic and

posterior fossa craniectomy.

Spinal: Anterior Cervical approach (ACDF), Posterior Cervical approaches (laminectomy and foraminotomy) and Posterior Lumbar approaches

(Micro-discectomy and laminectomy).

 Mr Amar Saxena

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Course Director

Regional Specialty Advisor in Neurosurgery for West Midlands

Member SAC in Neurosurgery

Elected UK Representative to EANS Training Committee

Coventry has easy access by train and road from any part of the UK. It is less than 30 minutes by road from Birmingham International Airport.

The West Midlands Surgical Training Centre is situated on the ground floor of the main Hospital.

Help and Guidance

Most courses are designed for surgeons, students or allied health professionals working in a particular specialty and/or at a particular stage in their careers. All course web pages include details of the appropriate specialties and training levels.

If you’re outside of these criteria or if in doubt, you should discuss the course with your assigned educational supervisor and if they think that it’s appropriate for you to attend please enquire via our contact us page.

What is my eligibility as an overseas candidate?

If you are not in a UK training post and are unsure of the level to which your knowledge and experience would correspond, please contact us.

What happens if book onto course and I am told that I am unsuitable?

It is your responsibility to ensure you fall within the relevant course. If your experience is below the required level we reserve the right to withdraw you from the course without compensation.

Certificates are issued approximately 2 weeks (often sooner) after your course via PDF.

This allows you time to complete the online evaluation; which closes after 1 week of your course.

Certificates of attendance will not be issued after this time.

Certificates are not provided to course observers or to delegates who have not completed the course.

Have you changed email? Has the centre got your correct contact details?

If you did not complete online feedback within 1 week of the course (and thus did not trigger the certificate process) you will not receive a certificate.

Unfortunately if more than 1 week has elapsed and you have not submitted feedback, duplicates will not be available.

If within this time frame please request a duplicate via our contact us page.

After any course you should complete feedback, your evaluation as a participant is an essential course requirement, enabling us to maintain the quality of courses we offer and help to improve future sessions

All feedback is conducted anonymously; names are only used to validate the responses
Completing online feedback links to our database and is a key trigger for the issue of certificates, if applicable for your course.

You should complete online feedback as soon as possible after your course and within 1 week of the end of the course when the online feedback will close.

Complete the online feedback even if you failed part of your course.

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On behalf of the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre and our Faculty, we wish to extend our thanks for your commitment to making our educational event so successful.

Your generous contribution to our training events, be it financial or with equipment contribution has helped ensure our vision for world class training has become a reality.

As we continue to grow as a Centre, please know that partnerships with our sponsors is vital to our success.

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