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2015 ANNUAL REPORT

Neurosurgery is recognized as a specialty with a high bar of

entry. Yet while neurosurgeons begin practice after a decade

or more of training, nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician

assistants (PAs) often have little experience in neurosurgery.

Consequently, advanced practice providers (APPs) in a

neurosurgical setting face a steep learning curve. This

challenge is compounded by a lack of time and resources

for APP-specific education.

“New NPs and PAs do not get a lot of exposure to the

complex field of neurosurgery in their training,” explained

Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS, chair of the

AANS Educational and Practice Management (EPM)

Committee. “And, most of us are too busy to dedicate a lot

of time for formal neurosurgery training on the job.”

CLOSING THE GAP: NEUROSURGICAL TRAINING

FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE PROVIDERS