Department of Neurosurgery


“Sutton and Rao write about “jargon monoxide” that confuses and complicates workplace communication.

They cite a 2024 article in the New England Journal of Medicine reporting that Lifespan, the largest healthcare system in the state of Rhode Island, fed their surgical consent form for patients into ChaptGPT-4 with this 14-word prompt: “’While preserving content and meaning, convert this consent to the average American reading level.’”

The original form was at the 12th grade reading level, then revised at 7th grade level. Note: the average American reads at about the 6th grade level.

Sutton says that in the original form one instruction was, “You have the right to be informed about the surgical procedure(s) which your provider recommends so that you can make an informed decision whether or not to undergo the procedure(s). The purpose of this form is to provide written acknowledgment of your consent.” Thanks to ChatGPT-4, the revised instruction is, “You have the right to know about your surgery and other treatments. This form is your agreement in writing.”

Lifespan rolled out this new form in September of 2023. It’s now completed by about 35,000 patients per year.”

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Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD

Julius Stoll, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital
Clinical Director, Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute
President, Neurosurgery Foundation

Curtis E. Doberstein, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Executive Vice-Chair, Clinical Operations
Director, Cerebrovascular and Skull-base Surgery Division
Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program

Albert E. Telfeian, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice-Chair, Quality Improvement
Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Vice President, Neurosurgery & Neurosurgical Innovation

Rohaid Ali, MD


Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Vice-Chair, Research
Director, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery Program
Director, Laboratory for Neurophysiology and Neuromodulation
Associate Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program
Director, Fellowship in Functional & Epilepsy Neurosurgery