Department of Neurosurgery

Resident Duty-Hour Restriction Impact on Teaching Hospital Craniotomy/Craniectomy Outcome

Ian Churnin’s abstract was selected for presentation at the 83rd annual scientific meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). His project examined the association between the 2003 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) residency duty-hour restriction and the outcomes of patients who underwent craniotomy and craniectomy procedures. This retrospective cohort study analyzed teaching and non-teaching hospital data recorded between 2000 and 2010 from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) database. Ian’s findings suggest that the duty-hour restriction might have had a negative impact on teaching hospital patient outcomes, as evidenced by a post-reform transient increase in mortality rate and length of stay.
Ian graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity University, where he participated in research involving nociceptive pathways of TRPA receptors. He is now entering his third year as a medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center and has continued his passion for research under the mentorship of Ali Seifi, MD, FACP of the UTHSCSA Department of Neurosurgery. Ian is currently working on several projects that focus on the effects of the ACGME duty-hour restriction on the proficiency of neurological and neurosurgical patient care.

Ian Thomas Churnin
Ian Thomas Churnin
Medical Student, 2017 MD candidate