WORLD NEUROSURGERY is excited to announce the launch of a new column, Early Career Forum, to be comprised of submissions from neurosurgeons in early career stages including residents, fellows, and recent graduates. This column will provide a forum to explore important issues specific to those in training and in the early years of practice.
There are unique challenges for neurosurgeons in these career stages that are under-discussed and could be the focus of meaningful and beneficial discussion. The intent is for this column to appeal to young neurosurgeons who may or may not have the interest or time to engage in scholarly activity, yet still are passionate about relevant career issues which may have broad appeal. Potential topics may include but are not limited to mentorship, work-life balance, neurosurgical education, and career-challenges, as well as, emerging research questions and opportunities. Submissions may also address controversial topics, which may not yet have sufficient data or an adequate venue for discussion.
Articles are meant to be thoughtful, inquisitive, and scholarly in nature with references where appropriate. While research discussions are invited, the intent is not to primarily showcase research data. Articles do not need to follow scientific format but traditional scientific and evidence-based submissions are welcome. The author limit is three, the word-limit for submissions is 1,500 and figures and tables will be limited to a total of two per article (submission).
For submissions and review, we aim to facilitate clear and easy communication prior to the submission of an article to this column. We will generate a periodic call for papers on specific topics but we also welcome authors to submit proposals at any time for topics of exploration prior to the preparation of a full manuscript. We encourage prospective authors to complete a thorough review of the literature prior to submission to this column to avoid duplication of previously discussed topics. Any proposals submitted should be directly applicable to neurosurgical residents, fellows, or those in the early post-graduate career stages. Papers and proposals should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we wish to recognize the Journal of the American College of Cardiology‘s Fellows-in-Training/Early Career column and its original editors, Pradeep Yadav MD, Prashant Kaul MD, and Valentin Fuster, MD PhD, for creating the model for such a forum among early career physicians and to express appreciation to Edward Benzel, MD and Michael Steinmetz, MD for their support of this idea for early career neurosurgeons. We look forward to your articles!