Impact of American Association of Neurological Surgeons Medical Student Interest Groups on Participation in Organized Neurosurgery, Research Productivity, and Residency Match Success

Prateek Agarwal, Adham M. Khalafallah, Eliza H. Hersh, Michael E. Ivan, Debraj Mukherjee

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Abstract

Background: In 2014, the Young Neurosurgeons Committee under the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) began allowing medical schools to create AANS Medical Student Chapters. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of these chapters on participation in organized neurosurgery, research productivity, and residency match success. Methods: Chapter membership and activity data were collected and analyzed from 2014–2019 annual reports. Results: The number of chapters increased rapidly during 2014–2019 from 12 to 121. The mean number of chapter members attending the AANS annual meeting trended upward during 2014–2019, from 1.25 to 1.67. Neurosurgery-related abstracts submitted, abstracts accepted, and publications authored by chapters have fluctuated with yearly means of 1.96, 1.76, and 9.29, respectively. Chapters from top 20 medical schools generally attended the annual meeting in greater numbers (2017–2018: 3.00 vs. 1.32, P = 0.076; 2018–2019: 2.92 vs. 1.43, P = 0.025), submitted more abstracts (2017–2018: 4.20 vs. 1.10, P = 0.021; 2018–2019: 4.09 vs. 1.87, P = 0.066), and had more abstracts accepted (2017–2018: 3.00 vs. 1.05, P = 0.043; 2018–2019: 3.63 vs. 1.81, P = 0.09). Chapters with high residency match success had a higher number of publications (11.4 vs. 3.3, P = 0.03) and twice the number of members attending the annual meeting (1.9 vs. 0.9, P = 0.01). Conclusions: Since their inception, AANS Medical Student Chapters have demonstrated substantial research productivity and involvement in organized neurosurgery. Furthermore, there is an association between higher chapter activity, manifested by publications and annual meeting attendance, and increased residency match success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e437-e444
JournalWorld neurosurgery
Volume138
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Medical student education
  • Medical student mentorship
  • Medical student research
  • Neurosurgery interest group
  • Organized neurosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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