2014 AANS Annual Report - page 12

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2014
ANNUAL REPORT
In fiscal year 2014,
the AANS was resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education (ACCME) and awarded accreditation with commendation for six years as a
provider of continuing medical education for physicians.
ACCME reaccreditation is an intensive, multi-month process, which was spearheaded
by MOC Committee Chair, H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS, in coordination with AANS
staff. Earning the Accreditation with commendation is the highest level of accreditation
bestowed by the ACCME, and reflects the AANS’ commitment to providing the highest quality of
educational materials.
“One of AANS’ primary goals as a provider of exceptional continuing medical education is to
continually improve and expand our robust educational programing,” said AANS Executive Director,
Thomas Marshall. “Earning full accreditation with commendation is an affirmation of our mission to
advance the specialty in the promotion of the highest quality of patient care.”
The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions’ CME programs, requiring
dutiful compliance from all those involved in AANS education courses. Fifteen AANS courses were selected
at random to be evaluated by the ACCME, and through a process of reporting and interviewing, the AANS
demonstrated compliance with the 20 criteria for accreditation with commendation.
“Achieving commendation is extremely gratifying,” said Joni Shulman, AANS Associate Executive Director,
Education and Meetings. “We have worked effectively to create processes that meet the needs and close
the gaps for our learners and have fulfilled our CME program mission through demonstrated success in
advancing ‘physician competence’ with activities built upon evidence-based medicine and supported by
adult learning principles. To be recognized for this by our CME colleagues is the highest honor.”
This commendation from the ACCME lasts until March 31, 2020
— the longest period possible. The reaccreditation sets the stage
for the AANS to continue providing neurosurgical education to
meet member needs for the next six years, and reinforces AANS
commitment members’ educational needs.
SETTING THE STANDARD
FOR NEUROSURGICAL EDUCATION
EDUCATION BY THE NUMBERS
10
Directly Sponsored AANS Courses
21
Jointly Sponsored CME Meetings
6
Resident Education Courses
MORE THAN 100
Total Educational
CME Activities Offered by the AANS in FY14,
Including Online Courses and Enduring Materials
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