Reviews of Educational Material  |   July 2019
Neuroanesthesia: A Problem-Based Learning Approach
Author Notes
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (J.F.B.). j-bebawy@northwestern.edu
  • (Accepted for publication March 28, 2019.)
    (Accepted for publication March 28, 2019.)×
Article Information
Reviews of Educational Material / Neurosurgical Anesthesia
Reviews of Educational Material   |   July 2019
Neuroanesthesia: A Problem-Based Learning Approach
Anesthesiology 7 2019, Vol.131, 221. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002767
Anesthesiology 7 2019, Vol.131, 221. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002767
Neuroanesthesia: A Problem-Based Learning Approach is a welcome addition to the literature in the sometimes unapproachable and often dry world of instructional materials designed for those desiring to further their neuroanesthesia skills, education, and training. By using a problem-based learning approach, David E. Traul and Irene P. Osborn have taken the complex world of neuroanesthesia and broken it down into digestible and applicable cases, not only for those studying for board exams, but also for those anesthesiologists and trainees who seek a quick “refresher” in many facets of neuroanesthesia. The 29 high-yield case-based chapters cover a wide variety of topics and are well organized into sections (e.g., oncologic procedures, vascular procedures, spine procedures, functional procedures, neuroanesthesia concepts). The chapters each begin with a case stem followed by a series of key questions designed to mimic an oral board exam. The chapters end with a more generalized discussion that delves into greater depth and breadth regarding the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative concerns related to these surgeries and anesthetics. Each chapter has 10 additional questions with answers available online in a full practice exam.