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From Cranial to Spine:​ An Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practice Provider

The purpose of this course is to provide physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice providers (APPs) with an overview of a wide spectrum of neurosurgical topics through lectures and case studies. This course offers a diverse range of neurosurgeon and APP faculty to give each attendee a unique learning experience. Each year, the course grows and adapts to meet the needs of advanced practice providers based on feedback and popular requests.

This year, From Cranial to Spine has four optional courses designed to instruct and meet the needs of advanced practice providers.

  • New to Neurosurgery Workshop This session is designed for recent graduates or those new to the neurosurgical setting. This half-day workshop will address pertinent anatomy and execution of a comprehensive neuro exam.
  • Cranial Skills* This hands-on practical clinic covers a variety of cranial skills in a small group setting. This session will cover only cranial topics such as EVDs, cranial shunts, and tong application.
  • Spine Skills This hands-on practical clinic covers a variety of spine skills essential to the neurosurgical Advanced Practice Provider. The clinic provides a small group setting to practice spine skills, such as spine shunts, lumbar puncture, and positioning for common spine procedures.
  • Advanced Neuroimaging* This half-day practical clinic will cover a variety of neuroimaging techniques and interpretation skills. This didactic clinic provides APPs with a strong neuroimaging knowledge base the opportunity to expand their experience.

*Cranial Skills and Advanced Neuroimaging PC is sold out. Please keep in mind you must be registered for the full course in order to be placed on the wait list. There is no guarantee that there will be availability.Please send your course confirmation along with your request to be placed on the waitlist to


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss different treatment options for a variety of neurosurgical conditions
  • Discuss therapies that are ordered by neurosurgeons for a variety of conditions
  • Review radiation therapies and updates in neuro-oncology

Aug. 30- Sept. 2, 2017
Chicago Marriott Downtown Mag Mile

Wednesday, Aug. 30
12–5 p.m. Registration
New to Neurosurgery Workshop
*Separate registration required.
12:30–1:30 p.m. Neuro Anatomy: Spine
1:30–2:30 p.m. Neuro Anatomy Cranial
2:30–3:00 p.m. Abbreviated Neuro Exam
3:00–3:30 p.m. Break
3:30–5:00 p.m. Interactive Comprehensive Neuro Exam
Thursday, Aug. 31
7-8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
General Session
8–8:15 a.m. Introduction
8:15–9:15 a.m. Anti-platelet Reversal
9:15–10:15 a.m. Post-operative Anticoagulation
10:15–10:45 a.m. Coffee Break With Exhibitors
10:45–11:30 a.m. Pediatric Conditions in Adults
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Pediatric On-call Pearls
12–1 p.m. Lunch
1–2:15 p.m. Overview of Radiation Therapies - Updates in Neuro-Oncology
2:15–3:15 p.m. Chemotherapy and Adjunct Therapies
3:15–3:30 p.m. Coffee Break With Exhibitors
3:30–4 p.m. Panel Discussion & Case Studies Tumor
4-4:45 p.m. Introduction to Coding for the APP
4:45–5:15 p.m. Question and Answer
5:15–6:15 p.m. Networking Reception
Friday, Sept. 1
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
General Session
8–8:45 a.m. Non-surgical Management of Back Pain
8:45–9:45 a.m. Spine Complication Management
9:45–10:15 a.m. Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
10:15–10:45 a.m. Coffee Break With Exhibitors
10:45–11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion & Case Studies: Spine
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45–1:15 p.m. Stroke: What You Need to Know
1:15–2 p.m. Management of Acute Traumatic Brain Injury
2–2:30 p.m. Coffee Break With Exhibitors
2:30–3:30 p.m. Management of Acute Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patient
3:30–4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion & Case Studies: Cerebrovascular
4:30–5 p.m. Question and Answer
Saturday, Sept. 2
Hands-On Practical Clinics
*Separate registration required.
8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 30 min. Coffee Break With Exhibitors
Cranial Practical Clinic
Spine Practical Clinic
Advanced Neuroimaging Practical Clinic
Agenda is subject to change.
Registration Date/Time AANS Member Non-Member
General Session Aug. 31 - Sept. 1
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$525 $525
New to Neurosurgery Workshop Aug. 30
12:30p.m. - 5 p.m.
$75 $125
Cranial Skills Practical Clinic Sept. 2
8 a.m. - 12:30p.m.
$200 $250
Spine Skills Practical Clinic Sept. 2
8 a.m. - 12:30p.m.
$200 $250
Advanced Neuroimaging Practical Clinic Sept. 2
8 a.m. - 12:30p.m.
$200 $250

Chicago Marriott Downtown Mag Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Reservations: 877.303.0104
Room Rate: $190 per night
Reservation Deadline: August 8, 2017

Hotel Accommodations
Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Please identify the AANS course you will be attending when making your hotel reservations. While a sufficient number of rooms have been set aside at the hotel for course registrants, there are occasions when the room block sells out prior to the cut-off date. Please make your hotel reservations as early as possible. Reservations made after the course registration deadline will be accepted on a space-available basis and may not qualify for discounted rates.

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Registration Policy
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrants will receive a letter of confirmation from the AANS within 14 days of receipt of their registration. Should you fail to receive a letter of confirmation prior to departure, please contact the AANS Department of Education and Meetings at 888.566.2267.

Cancellation Policy
For cancelling your registration, practical clinic or workshop, please refer to the registration confirmation that outlines the cancellation policy for all events.


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