Neurosurgery resident leadership development: An innovative approach

Jeffrey E. Pettit, Nader S. Dahdaleh, Gregory W. Albert, Jeremy D. Greenlee

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A great deal of time and resources go into the development and training of neurosurgeons. One area that has minimal literature and assessment is leadership development. Under the core competency of interpersonal and communication skills, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has indicated that residents are expected to work effectively as a member or leader of a healthcare team. This article reveals how a structured leadership program was developed so that residents are better prepared for the role of chief resident and future leadership roles. Beginning in October 2006, residents attended a series of 1-hour workshops conducted monthly. Topics included leadership style, conflict management, effective feedback, team building, team leadership, motivation, and moving from peer to leader. A retrospective pretest was conducted at the end of the program. Residents reported a significant knowledge gain for the majority of topics. Resident comments indicated a greater awareness of the impact of leading and ways to improve their personal leadership. Quantitatively and qualitatively, residents and faculty reported that the leadership program made a significant impact on the development of future neurosurgical leaders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-550
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Academic neurosurgery
  • Leadership
  • Residents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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