Education & Meetings
Education and Meetings

AANS/SNS Neurosurgical Online Sessions




Welcome to the Neurosurgical Online Learning Sessions developed by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS). The organizations introduced these sessions as convenient, easily accessible courses in the core cognitive curriculum of neurosurgery. Developed principally for resident education, they are also a valuable learning tool for physician assistants, nurses, or any neurosurgeon looking to review areas they might not see regularly in their practice. Each free online session runs thirty minutes. These courses are available to AANS and SNS members only.

Online Module Content Committee:
E. Sander Connolly Jr, MD - Chair
Kim J. Burchiel, MD, FACS
William F. Chandler, MD
Ralph G. Dacey, Jr, MD
Ann-Christine Duhaime, MD
Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FACS
Javad Hekmatpanah, MD
Robert L. Martuza, MD
Dennis D. Spencer, MD
Vincent C. Traynelis, MD

Watch your AANS E-News or visit this site to learn about new topics and "go live" dates.
After completing the online course, each participant enters an evaluation area to test his or her knowledge of what they have learned. Training program directors and neurosurgical department directors can access the results for their residents. Residents can also print report results to turn into their director. Learn More



Anatomy, Embryology, Physiology

BIOLOGY OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Ross Bullock, MD, PhD
The presenting faculty will discuss the biology of traumatic brain injury.

CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW & ICP REGULATION
Peter J. Lennarson, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss cerebral blood flow and intracranial pressure regulation.

EARLY EMBRYOLOGY OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Mark S. Dias, MD, FAANS
The presenting faculty will discuss the early embryology of the nervous system. Participants will also learn six basic processes that take place during early neuro-development.

FUNCTIONAL SPINAL CORD ANATOMY & SPINAL CORD INJURY SYNDROMES
Kim Burchiel, MD, FACS


LATE EMBRYOLOGY OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Mark Dias, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss late embryology of the nervous system and cover five basic processes of early neuro-development that follow primary and secondary neuralation.

Clinical Research

EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE
Elana Farace, PhD
The presenting faculty will discuss evidence-based medicine and neurosurgery.

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
Jeffrey A. Hollier, PhD
The faculty will present a conceptual introduction to statistics.

Diagnostic Evaluation

FLUOROSCOPY PERSONNEL INITIAL TRAINING PART 1: RADIATION SAFETY
Louis P. Caragine, Jr., MD, PhD
The presenting faculty will discuss fluoroscopy personnel initial training in regards to radiation safety.



CEREBRAL VASCULAR ANATOMY & BLOOD FLOW
H. Richard Winn, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss cerebral vascular anatomy and blood flow. Normal anatomy and physiology with the vascular anatomy both of the extra- and intra-cerebral circulation will be reviewed.

EMG NERVE CONDUCTION STUDIES: USE & INTERPRETATION
Jeremy M. Shefner, MD, PhD
The presenting faculty will discuss EMG and nerve conduction studies - their use and interpretation.

IMAGING OF SPINAL INSTABILITY
Philip R. Weinstein, MD


MR IMAGING AND MR ANGIOGRAPHY
John Wasenko, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss MR imaging and MR angiography and provide an introduction to the basic physics of MR imaging.

Patient Evaluation

CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS
Frederick "Rick" Boop, MD, FACS
Peter E. Boehm, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss craniosynostosis.



EVALUATION OF CERVICAL SPINE TRAUMA
Kenneth Vives, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss the evaluation of cervical spine trauma.

EVALUATION OF CSF SHUNT MALFUNCTION
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP
The presenting faculty will discuss the evaluation of CSF shunt malfunction.

EVALUATION OF THE PATIENT WITH A NEUROENDOCRINE DISORDER AND THE CLINICAL EVALUATION OF HYPOPITUITARISM
William F. Chandler, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss guidelines for evaluating the patient with a suspected neuroendocrine disorder and the clinical evaluation of hypopituitarism.

EVALUATION OF THE UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT
Charles Joseph Hodge Jr., MD


NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF THE NEWBORN AND INFANT
Frederick "Rick" Boop, MD, FACS
Kristian Aquilina, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss the neurological examination of the newborn and infant.



Patient Management

ACUTE MANAGEMENT OF CEREBRAL ISCHEMIA-FOCAL & GLOBAL
E. Sander Connolly, Jr., MD
The presenting faculty will discuss the acute management of focal and global cerebral ischemia.

BASIC OPERATIVE TECHNIQUE
Eric M. Deshaies, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss basic operative techniques. Pre-operative issues that should be considered in the care of every neurosurgical patient, pre-operative care positioning, operative techniques in the operating room, and post operative care plans will be discussed.

MANAGEMENT OF THE PATIENT WITH SPINAL INSTABILITY
Ross R. Moquin, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss the management of the patient with spinal instability.

NEUROANESTHESIA: RISK EVALUATION & MANAGEMENT
Rene Tempelhoff, MD
Jeffrey Yoder, MD


NON-OPERATIVE TREATMENT OF SEVERE HEAD INJURY
Laurie L. Ackerman, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss non-operative treatment of severe head injury.

VENTRICULOSTOMY
Vincent C. Traynelis, MD
This lecture will review indications for ventriculostomy and list common entry sites for placement of an external ventricular catheter. The course will describe the procedure for coronal ventriculostomy and potential complications.

Professionalism

COMMUNICATING WITH PATIENTS
Javad Hekmatpanah, MD


DEATH & DYING IN THE ICU: PATIENT & FAMILY INTERACTIONS
J. Randall Curtis, MD MPH
The presenting faculty will discuss death and dying in the ICU with a focus on patient and family interactions.

GENDER ISSUES & CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN NEUROSURGERY
Gail Rosseau, MD, FACS
The presenting faculty will discuss gender issues and cultural competencies in neurosurgery.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS: HOW TO STAY IN THE OPERATING ROOM AND OUT OF THE COURTROOM
James Bolus, JD
The presenting faculty will discuss how to stay in the operating room and out of the courtroom.

PATIENT RESEARCH: YOUR OBLIGATION TO THE PATIENT
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP
The presenting faculty will discuss patient research and your obligation to the patient.

SELF EVALUATION
Javad Hekmatpanah, MD
The presenting faculty will discuss the importance of self evaluation during residency. This session is directed mainly towards the residents in neurosurgery.