2011 AANS Annual Report - page 5

he AANS continually strives to offer stellar continuing
medical education (CME) activities that positively impact
the educational experience, and enhance neurosurgeons’
and allied health professionals’ ability to provide the best in patient
care. These courses are designed to enable members to conform
to licensure requirements; AANS membership requirements; Board
certification; and Maintenance of Certification. This year, the AANS
offered a total of 11 directly sponsored activities as well as 28
jointly sponsored activities coordinated under a streamlined new
application process, launched the exciting and innovative Master
Series On-Demand/AANS Operative Grand Rounds program, and
made available a variety of enduring materials.
Along with AANS’ clinical topics, two courses helped expand the
organization’s educational reach to neurosurgeons, neurosurgical
staff and midlevel practitioners in fiscal year 2011 by providing
relevant information needed to remain vital in the ever changing
field of neurosurgery.
From Cranial to Spine: A Comprehensive Overview of Neurosurgical
Topics for the Mid-Level Practitioners
was the first-ever standalone
course designed solely for midlevel practitioners. Held in Las
Vegas in September 2010, the course was a rousing success,
with 190 registrants in addition to 12 faculty, exceeding
expectations by nearly 400 percent. Expertly codirected and
arranged by David J. Bissonette, PA-C; Twyila Lay, MS, ACNP;
and Robert E. Wharen Jr., MD, FAANS, lectures and case studies
were included on a variety of neurosurgical topics pertinent
to physician assistants, nurses and allied health professionals.
Among the topics were CT and MRI Interpretation; Cervical and
Lumbar Spine Decompression, Instrumentation and Fusions;
Hydrocephalus Update; Management of Traumatic Brain Injury;
Neurocritical Care; Innovations and Management of Brain Tumors;
Comprehensive Management of Aneurysms; Innovations and
Management of Stroke; and Functional Neurosurgery.
The always popular
Neurosurgeon as CEO
: The Business of
Neurosurgery was offered for the third time under the expert
leadership of moderators James R. Bean, MD, FAANS; and James
I. Ausman, MD, PhD, FAANS. Close to 100 participants enjoyed
the New York City location in August 2010, making it the most
well-attended series to date. The highly interactive course focused
on sophisticated concepts that ensure business-management
success in a rapidly changing practice environment. Strategic
topics encompassed small to large private practices as well as
academic settings. In addition, a health-care reform update was
made available, along with discussion about hospital employment.
Sunday activities included a Stark Law and anti-kickback update,
plus a panel discussion on risk-taking and negotiating.
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