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

June 23-25, 2021 Virtual Course
Registration Now Open

The From Cranial to Spine: An Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practitioner course provides an overview of relevant neurosurgical topics through lectures and case studies. The diverse neurosurgeon and advanced practitioner faculty give attendees a unique learning experience. The New to Neuro and Advanced Imaging tracks as well as subspecialty breakout sessions offer the opportunity to customize the educational experience.

This popular course features:

  • Interactive, lectures, case studies
  • Neurosurgeon and advanced practitioner faculty
  • Network with peers and faculty

Registration Options

Full Course

(Includes Neuroimaging Workshop and General Session)

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Discuss emerging technologies as well as diagnosis and treatment paradigms for spine, cerebrovascular and trauma, including pharmacology, in a variety of neurosurgical conditions.
  • Discuss diagnostic tests and therapies that are ordered by neurosurgeons/advanced practitioners for a variety of conditions.
  • Review new research in neurosurgical practice and the implications for practice.
AANS Member
AANS Member Non-Member
Full Course (Includes Neuroimaging Workshop & General Session) $525.00 $675.00 $600.00 $750.00
General Session $350.00 $425.00 $400.00 $475.00
Neuroimaging Workshop $200.00 $275.00 $250.00 $325.00

*Early Registration deadline June 11, 2021.

We anticipate offering Nursing Contact Hours and will be submitting an application to the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Track 1: New to Neuro Workshop
Designed for APPs with 1-3 years in neurosurgery setting
Track 2: Advanced Neuroimaging
Designed for APPs with more than 4 years in neurosurgery setting
NeuroAnatomy: Basic Surgical
Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN FAAN
8:00 – 10:30 am When, What and How to Order Neuroimaging – Spine
John Heymann, MD
Break 10:30 – 10:45 am Break
NeuroAnatomy: Basic Surgical Anatomy – CV
Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN FAAN
10:45 am – 12:30 pm When, What and How to Order Neuroimaging – CV
John Heymann, MD
Lunch Break 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
Intro to Neuroradiology
John Heymann, MD
1:30 – 3:00 pm Spine Surgical Anatomy and Clinical Correlates to Common procedures:
Michael Wang, MD
Break 3:00 – 3:30 pm Break
Intro to Neuroimaging Cases
John Heymann, MD
3:30 – 4:30 pm CV Surgical Anatomy and Clinical Correlates to Common Procedures:
Rudy Rahme, MD
Q&A 4:30 – 5:00 pm Q&A
Thursday, June 24, 2021
  • Pre-op workups
  • Common Techniques
  • Possible Complications
(2-hour session)
Mandy Binning, MD
Danielle Brown, PA-C
8:00 – 9:00 am Neuro Change Evaluation 101
Peter LeRoux, MD
Session continued from above 9:00 – 10:00 am Common Floor Calls
Michael Johnson, PA-C
Break 10:00 – 10:30 am Break
Stroke Alert: APP Workup of Acute Ischemic Stroke in the ER
Michael Johnson, PA-C
10:30 – 11:30 am Spinal Cord Injury
Steven Kirshblum, MD
Panel Discussion & Case Studies
As Above
11:30 – 12:30 pm Follow the Patient Panel Discussion
As Above
Lunch Break 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
Breakout 3: PHARMACOLOGY Breakout 4: TUMOR
Pain Management
Natalie Gofman , PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
1:30 – 2:15 pm Types of Tumors
Treatment options
Nicole Shonka, MD
Implications for Steroid Use
Deb Sherman, PharmD
2:15 – 3:15 pm Palliative Care: when, Benefits, Family Discussion
Erica Smeltz, CRNP, ACHPN
Break 3:15 – 3:45 pm Break
Panel Discussion & Case Studies
As Above
3:45 – 4:30 pm Ask the Experts Case Discussion
As Above
Q&A 4:30 – 5:00 pm Q&A
Friday, June 25, 2021
Breakout 5: SPINE
8:15 – 9:15 am Spinal Excellence Center Criteria
Michael Wang, MD
9:15 – 10:15 am Conservative Measures to Treat Spine Patients
John Gillick, MD
10:15 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:30 am Emerging Spine Trends
Peter Lennarson, MD
11:30 – 12:30 pm Panel Discussion & Case Studies
As Above
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:15 pm E/M Coding Update
Cheerag Upadhyaya, MD, FAANS
2:15 – 3:00 pm Contract Negotiations
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 – 3:45 pm Professionalism and Advancement
Cathy Rosenberg
3:45 – 4:45 pm Panel Discussion/Q&A
As Above
4:45 – 5:00 pm Final Remarks

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