Research Requirements  

Overview

As part of the Training Program training requirements trainees must complete the following components which combined constitute the research requirement prior to the end of Intermediate Training:

  • An approved supervised research project (see Regulation 5.2)
  • An approved research presentation (see Regulation 5.3)
  • A publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal (see Regulation 5.4)

The research requirements must be completed prior to the end of Intermediate Training.

 Download the Training Program Regulations here

Supervised Research Project

It is the responsibility of the trainee to make all applicable arrangements for their supervised research project and to obtain the prior approval by the end of their first year of Intermediate Training and final completion approval by their end of their Intermediate Training from the NSA Research Committee.  The completion report must be accompanied by the completed publication manuscript. Trainees participate in the Research Committee meeting by videoconference for approvals and to provide progress reports as requested. 

The cut off dates for consideration by the Research Committee are as follows: 

  • Due date of Friday, 4 February 2022 for presentation on Tuesday, 15 February 2022
  • Due date of Friday, 1 April 2022 for presentation on Tuesday, 12 April 2022
  • Due date of Friday, 3 June 2022 for presentation on Tuesday, 14 June 2022
  • Due date of Friday, 2 September 2022 for presentation on Tuesday, 13 September 2022 
  • Due date of Friday, 18 November for presentation on Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Full details can be found in the Regulations. The proposal form and the completion report are also available below. 

Download the Training Program Regulations here
Download the Research Project Proposal Form here
Download the Research Project Completion Report here

Research Presentation

Trainees must present an oral presentation (excluding poster side presentations) of the research findings from the supervised research project approved in accordance with Regulation 5.2 at the NSA Annual Scientific Meeting or at an alternative national or international meeting approved by the NSA Research Committee which is subject to competitive abstract selection prior to the end of Intermediate Training.

For accreditation of the research presentation, a letter from the meeting organisers at which the presentation was given must be submitted. The letter must confirm the trainee personally presented the paper and the title of the same. This can be submitted at any time during Intermediate Training to [email protected].  

Download the Training Program Regulations here

 

Research Publication

Trainees must have one neurosurgical publication (not a case report or abstract) in a peer reviewed scientific journal indexed for MEDLINE or Scopus based on the research findings from the supervised research project approved in accordance with Regulation 5.2. The publication must be as primary author and must be accepted for publication prior to the end of Intermediate Training. For accreditation of the research publication requirement, a copy of the final article as published must be submitted prior to the end of Intermediate Training.  This can be submitted at any time during Intermediate Training to [email protected].  

 Download the Training Program Regulations here