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Neurosurgery resident lands ‘Top Gun’ award for surgical skills

Jun. 13, 2013, 9:00 AM

A Vanderbilt University Medical Center Neurosurgery resident earned “Top Gun” honors at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Vanderbilt’s Jonathan Forbes, M.D., left, is congratulated by David Connor, D.O., for earning the ‘Top Gun’ award at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Jonathan Forbes, M.D., a seventh-year resident in the Department Neurological Surgery, showed his skills in the “Neurosurgery Top Gun Competition,” earning a $1,000 prize, plus $1,500 for the residency program.

Open to all U.S. and international residents and fellows at the meeting, the Top Gun skills competition tests the participant’s ability in four simulated tasks: lumbar pedicle screw placement; external ventricular drain placement; endovascular catheter navigation; and thoracic deformity pedicle screw placement. The best combined score gets the Top Gun award.

This the second national award won by Forbes, who also received the AANS Synthes Craniofacial Award for research in Neurotrauma in 2011.

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