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Mark Maier Discusses His NeuroMedical Internship

Biochemistry sophomore Mark Maier II spent his #OgdenSummer learning about neurosurgery as an intern at the NeuroMedical Center (NMC) and Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL). Starting in May, with over 200 cumulative hours and continuing, Maier distributed his time between the clinic at NMC, administrative tasks, training, education and surgery at NMC and OLOL.

Maier learned about brain and spine anatomy and physiology, the various diseases that can arise, and how to diagnose and treat them. He learned about and witnessed diseases such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, vertebral body fractures, Chiari malformation, hydrocephaly, aneurysms, brain bleeds, and brain tumors.

“An important part to patient diagnosis and understanding of the field is being able to read and interpret CT, MRI, and sometimes even PET scans” he explained. 

Typically, Maier observed spine surgeries at the Spine Hospital of Louisiana (part of NMC), whereas brain and more complex surgeries took place at OLOL.  He explained that, for many patients, the road to recovery is a long one.

“While the entire experience was amazing and invaluable, the most rewarding factor was witnessing the incomparable contributions that modern medicine and surgery can have on patients toward improving upon their overall quality of life,” he said.

Maier also had the opportunity to observe different surgeries, including anterior cervical discectomies and fusions (ACDF), anterior and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions (ALIF/TLIF), laminectomies, spinal cord stimulator placements, craniotomies, posterior fossa decompression and endovascular coiling.  

“I am so thankful to the administrators, doctors, and staff at both NeuroMedical Center and Our Lady of the Lake,” he added. “I have always been welcomed with open arms to learn and observe.”