Continuing Medical Education
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), through its volunteer committee leadership and staff, offers a multi-level and multi-disciplinary approach to the educational needs of all neurosurgeons. Through a variety of venues (such as surveys, evaluations, focus groups), education is created that address gaps in knowledge and skills. The AANS continually strives to bring state-of-the art continuing medical education (CME) programming to advance the skills of neurosurgeons and positively impact patient safety.
CME refers to a specific form of continuing education that helps those in the medical field maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. These activities may take place as live events, written publications, online programs, audio, video, or other electronic media. Content for these programs is developed, reviewed, and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas. Similar to the process used in academic journals, any potentially conflicting financial relationships for faculty members and planners must be both disclosed and resolved in a meaningful way.
Fellow (FAANS), Provisional and Affiliate members are required to document receipt of the Continuing Education Award in Neurosurgery to maintain membership in the AANS. This Award is earned by documenting at least 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 40 of which are recommended to be neurosurgical credits, within the CME cycle. Neurosurgical credit is offered to individuals who have attended a neurosurgery-related meeting, course, or activity, which has been granted AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.