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CME Accreditation

The AANS achieves excellence in continuing medical education (CME) through educational activities built on evidence-based medicine and adult learning principles. The AANS CME program is designed for national and international general neurosurgeons, neurosurgical specialists, residents, fellows and other neurosurgical health professionals.

Activities sponsored by AANS are concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system, including the spinal column, spinal cord, brain and peripheral nerves. The activities are intended to enhance physician and other health care professionals' competence and neurosurgical skills for purposes of enhanced patient care through live activities, enduring materials, online CME, manuscript review for journals and joint providership activities with AANS constituencies.


Fellow (FAANS), Provisional and Affiliate members are required to document receipt of the Continuing Education Award in Neurosurgery to maintain membership in the AANS. This Award is earned by documenting at least 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 40 of which are recommended to be neurosurgical credits, within the CME cycle. Neurosurgical credit is offered to individuals who have attended a neurosurgery-related meeting, course or activity that has been granted AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

New CME Submission Guidelines

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) defines joint providership as the providership of a CME activity by one accredited and one non-accredited organization. The accredited provider must take responsibility for a CME activity when it is presented in cooperation with a non-accredited institution or organization and must use the appropriate accreditation statement. An ineligible company, formerly known as a commercial interest, cannot take the role of non-accredited entity in a joint providership relationship.

In order to be considered for joint providership, you must meet each of the following requirements:

  • The audience of your activity must be at least 50 percent North American neurosurgeons.
  • Your organization must be a non-ACCME accredited provider.
  • The mission statement, purpose or function of your organization must be congruent with the AANS CME Mission Statement.
  • You must submit the AANS joint providership application at least six months prior to your activity start date.

If you do meet the above criteria, final approval will come from the AANS Education Committee. Should AANS jointly provide the meeting and find that the criteria ultimately were not met, the AANS reserves the right to charge an additional fee to the group above and beyond the regular joint providership fee.

Please contact AANS via email at with questions regarding joint providership.