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Teamwork & Communication

Last Updated: January 15, 2019

“I have always had an intense sense of personal responsibility and pride for my patients. I considered any errors or bad outcomes to be personal failings. There was a team around me to give me support but I did not always welcome their input and I am sure on several occasions, unintentionally, I created an environment in which others found it difficult to challenge me. I resisted standardized approaches, thinking that my work was as much art as science. Altogether, I am sure this compromised patient care on a number of occasions.
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Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS, FACS, at the 2013 AANS Presidential Address1

Introduction

As the scope of neurosurgical practice continues to expand, neurosurgeons increasingly function within complex, multidisciplinary teams.2 Effective teamwork is fundamenta...