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ARMC Neurosurgery Resident Dr. Rebecca Houston Wins First Place at CANS

ARMC Neurosurgery Resident Dr. Rebecca Houston Wins First Place at CANS

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC) Neurosurgery Resident Physician Rebecca Houston, D.O., PGY5, won First Place at the prestigious California Association of Neurological Surgeons’ (CANS) Annual Meeting.

CANS’ Annual Meeting was held in San Francisco earlier this year. Eleven neurosurgery residency programs from across California participated in the research competition. Rebecca Houston, D.O., PGY5, presented on behalf of ARMC.

Her research paper, “The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Relative Value Unit (RVU) Assignment to Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes and the Impact on Neurological Surgeons and Patient Care, won First Place for best research paper, rising above formidable competition from top academic institutions such as Stanford, USCF, USC, and UCLA.

Javed Siddiqi, HBSc, MD, and ARMC neurosurgeon, shared, “This is the first time any of our residents have won First Place at this head-to-head competition at CANS, and naturally I am very proud of Dr. Houston, whose achievement for credible work of high caliber reflects well on our faculty.” Reflecting on her win, Rebecca Houston, D.O., PGY5, shared, “It was an honor to represent ARMC at CANS and win First Place. I’m very proud of this accomplishment and appreciate the support of ARMC and faculty that will allow me to continue to contribute to neurosurgery research in the future.”

The goal of ARMC’s Neurosurgery Residency Program is to educate the next generation of neurosurgeons to become compassionate and competent specialists in the exciting and evolving specialty of neurosurgery.

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health, operated by San Bernardino County, and governed by the Board of Supervisors. It is ARMC’s mission, in an environment of learning and innovation, to serve our diverse community with high-quality, compassionate care. The hospital, located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, California, operates the Edward G. Hirschman Burn Center, a level I trauma center, a comprehensive stroke center, a behavioral health center, and five primary care centers. ARMC also provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the countywide vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. ARMC is the primary teaching hospital for the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM). The University welcomed its first class of students in 2018. For more information on CUSM, visit For more information about ARMC, visit