The education of neurosurgeons is nowadays primarily based on residency training programs.
In every country where neurosurgery is well established, there are training programs
that are usually supervised by national governments and/or national neurosurgical
societies. Practical and hands-on courses and congresses consist another important
way to form and update neurosurgeons. And lately, the internet has undoubtedly also
played a very relevant role.
As a matter of fact, the internet has meant a revolution in the access to scientific
knowledge all over the world. Several tools have been developed to spread and access
information, such as blogs, the Facebook, the Twitter, and the LinkedIn, and they
can make it easier for the modern neurosurgeon to be updated with relevant professional
information and the literature. However, it is essential to know how to use such tools
effectively as there is a sort of never ending production of knowledge made available
on the worldwide web.
In the case of neurosurgeons, particular care must be taken so as not to use or learn
from unreliable sources. Therefore, one should always try to access information displayed
or supported by well-known neurosurgical institutions and/or professionals and, in
some cases, double checking data are also advisable. Anyway, even though the worldwide
web is nowadays an extraordinary means to access knowledge, we can never forget that
the basis of the formation of a neurosurgeon must take place at well-organized and
structured centers of neurosurgical practice and teaching, and experience must never
be put aside.