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ANNUAL MEETING MISSION
The main goals of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' Annual Meeting are to serve as a primary source of continuing medical education, tailored specifically to our specialty; to advance neuroscience research; and to promote a climate conducive to excellence in clinical practice. The Annual Meeting Committee is dedicated to meeting these goals. The AANS Annual Meeting is the principal mechanism for the transfer of scientific, technical, and intellectual information to the neurosurgical community. Feedback obtained from attendee evaluation forms is one important factor in determining the program content of this meeting. Special recognition is extended to the individuals of the 2008 Annual Meeting Committee and the committees they represent for their perseverance and commitment to making the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons a success.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The AANS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AANS designates this educational activity for up to a maximum of 46.75* AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
* A maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for general sessions only.

CME CREDIT FOR BREAKFAST SEMINARS
Attendees will receive a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for each breakfast seminar they attend. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME CREDIT FOR PRACTICAL CLINICS
Attendees will receive a maximum of four AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for all eligible half-day clinics and eight AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsT for all eligible full day clinics. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME CREDIT FOR POSTERS
Physicians may claim AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM directly from the AMA for preparing a poster presentation, which is also included in the published abstracts. To obtain credit from the AMA for this, physicians can either claim them on their AMA PRA certificate application or apply directly to the AMA for an AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM certificate.

Physicians may claim AMA PRA Category 2 CreditTM for viewing scientific posters. Physicians should self-claim credit to the AMA on their AMA PRA certificate application form.

CLAIM CME CREDIT THE EASY WAY
Again this year, Annual Meeting attendees will self-report CME credit for the programs they attend by going online to MyAANS.org from any computer with internet service. Please have your My- AANS.org user name [e-mail address] and password handy during and after the meeting for convenient completion and submission. Self reported CME will not be credited if the individual does not pick up his/her registration packet.

Do not self-report CME credit for optional ticketed events such as breakfast seminars and practical clinics. By turning in your tickets on site, credit will automatically be added to your record in www.MyAANS.org. Please contact the AANS if you are not in attendance for the full breakfast seminar or practical clinic so that your credit can be adjusted accordingly.

DISCLOSURES
ACCME's Updated Standards for Commercial Support require that anyone in a position to control the content of the education activity has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest. Failure or refusal to disclose or the inability to satisfactorily resolve the identified conflict may result in the withdrawal of the invitation to participate in any AANS education activities. The ACCME defines a "commercial interest" as any entity producing marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Disclosures will be published in the Annual Meeting Program Guide and Annual Scientific Program CD, which will be distributed to all registrants at the meeting. Disclosures will also be published online and CDs for AANS Session Captures

DISCLAIMER
The material presented at the 76th Annual Meeting has been made available by AANS for educational purposes only. The material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily the best, method or procedure appropriate for the medical situations discussed, but rather it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations. Neither the content (whether written or oral) of any course, seminar or other presentation in the program, nor the use of a specific product in conjunction therewith, nor the exhibition of any materials by any parties coincident with the program should be construed as indicating endorsement or approval of the views presented, the products used, or the material exhibited by the AANS, or by its committees, commissions or affiliates. The AANS disclaims any and all liability for injury or damages to any individual attending the Annual Meeting, and for all claims which may arise out of the use of the techniques demonstrated therein by such individuals, whether these claims shall be asserted by physicians or any other person. There may be, on occasion, changes in faculty and program content.


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