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2015 ANNUAL REPORT

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In 2010, the AANS addressed this gap in training

by launching the inaugural

From Cranial to Spine: An

Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practice

Provider

. With an expected attendance of 50, course

directors were surprised when the course quickly filled

with nearly 200 participants.

In fiscal year 2015, the course reached a new milestone,

educating more than 300 APPs and offering an expanded

selection of breakout sessions and practical clinics. By filling

this educational gap, the AANS helps APPs at neurosurgical

practices perform more quickly at a higher level and with

less need for on-the-job training.

Much of the course’s success can be attributed to the

cooperation within a diverse faculty. Current course co-

directors Twyila Lay, NP; Josh Beardsley, PA; and Erol

Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS, lead a faculty comprised

of NPs, PAs and neurosurgeons. From these diverse

perspectives, APPs receive training geared towards their

level of practice and with a deep understanding of their day-

to-day challenges.

In September 2015, attendees at the

From Cranial Spine

course can look forward to new content, including a hands-

on practical clinic with training in common techniques

related to cerebrovascular, spine, trauma and tumor

subspecialties. “Every year it gets better,” said F

rom Cranial

to Spine

attendee, Christine Gray, NP. “Having the talks

geared specifically towards NPs and PAs and what they deal

with, more than physician-based, is excellent.”

AANS Education by the Numbers

n

11

Live Courses

n

8

Resident Education Courses

n

19

Jointly Provided CME Programs

n

3

Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Junior

Resident Courses

n

More than 100

Total Educational CME Activities

in FY15, including Online Courses, Webinars and

Enduring Materials