Yesterday, the RAMS International Summer School
Neurosurgery 2017 finally started. We were absolutely delighted to meet attendants from various backgrounds, cultures and places across the globe with divergent motivations and objectives. After the organisers (members of the Summer School Committee) introduced themselves to the attendants at a very inspiring place, Operation Theatre 71, professor Bartels spoke out about motivation, incentives and goals this Summer School could provoke in all students. The location, formerly used for neuro-surgical procedures and the initiation of careers of many current staff members of the neurosurgical centre, is kindly provided to us by REShape Centre Nijmegen.
Betty Bussink, physician assistant at Neurosurgical Centre Nijmegen, gave an exciting lecture on the specialised care on the Neurosurgical ward and the (rise of the) importance of physician assistants in medicine. Thereafter we welcomed professor Fernandez, Director of the Donders Institute. He gave a captivating, interactive speech in which he integrated future and past perspectives on memory, epilepsy and emotion – which encouraged many students to engage in various discussions. After lunch, the students went to the anatomical department to study neuroanatomy, refreshing the indispensable knowledge of neuroanatomy for the lectures to come in the rest of the week. Finally, Guido de Jong, Research Coordinator at Neurosurgical Centre Nijmegen, gave us an outstanding introduction in Artificial Neural Networks. After the lectures we finished the day with dinner at the Anatomical Museum where the curator, Lucas Boer, spoke a few words about the general and his personal purposes and objectives of the Anatomical Museum. We would like to thank all the speakers, REShape Centre and the Department of Anatomy for providing these outstanding locations. We are confident all attendants learned a lot today; not only about neuroscience, neuroanatomy or neurosurgery, but also about themselves and their potential colleagues!