2012 Banff Retreat

The inaugural neurosurgery resident retreat took place over a weekend in early September 2012. Residents were excused from academic commitments for the duration of the event and encouraged to attend. The academic portion of the retreat centered around visiting professor Dr. Chris Wallace, who provided a stimulating lecture on his experience with the diagnosis and management of cavernous malformations. Thereafter, the residents presented challenging case rounds to draw on Dr. Wallace’s experience in the management of cerebrovascular diseases.

After the academic events a group of 15 residents and faculty made their way to Canmore for the remainder of the retreat. On Friday evening the group enjoyed a night out at the Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue restaurant. Saturday morning Drs. O’Kelly and Wallace led a breakfast seminar on goal setting. Next, the group participated in a Texas Scramble golf tournament at Silvertip Golf Resort. Saturday evening, Dr. Findlay hosted dinner highlighted by a candid discussion led by Dr. Wallace on work-life balance in neurosurgery. To round out the retreat, on Sunday morning Dr. Findlay led the group on a rigorous mountain hike followed by a refreshing dip in a crisp mountain stream.

All in all, the neurosurgery resident retreat of 2012 was a very enjoyable educational and recreational experience, and participants appreciated the contributions of Drs. O’Kelly, Wallace, and Findlay