A Year in Perspective

A Year in Perspective: PGY-7

by Jarod Roland, MD, PhD

Jarod Roland, MD, PhD

As a senior resident in Washington University’s neurosurgical training program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, I not only have had the opportunity to advance surgical technique and knowledge, but am required to do so. Here we are responsible for managing the pediatric neurosurgical service, working side by side with a pediatric neurosurgery fellow and attendings. SLCH has a high volume of cases, many of which are complex.

Our department has several experts across the spectrum of neurosurgery. This, combined with a culture of collaboration, leads to exciting opportunities to innovate and customize care to the individual patient. There is a diverse and comprehensive patient mix here and because of the collegial atmosphere on campus, we collaborate between pediatric and adult disciplines as well as across specialties.

In the past several years, I have been involved in a variety of exciting epilepsy surgeries at Children’s Hospital. One case in particular I enjoyed was working one-on-one with my attending for a functional hemispherotomy for a patient severely affected by medically refractory epilepsy. After having previously participated in a similar case, I was able to take the lead for this procedure and perform all parts of the operation with the attending. The patient recovered well post-op without new deficits and did not have any seizures at the time of discharge, which had previously occurred daily. I was left feeling impressed by the outcome, which is exemplary of the benefit kids can receive from a well-rounded epilepsy center.

For more than 100 years, from the origins of neurosurgery as a specialty to present-day surgeon-scientists who are actively advancing the field, Washington University has had a history of excellence in neurosurgery and neurosurgical training.

I chose to train at Wash U because of its all-encompassing coverage of science and medicine — from basic to clinical research as well as in patient diversity and volume. We have no shortage of learning opportunities available to us.

Fun interests: I love all things technology-based, computing, programming