2012 AANS Annual Report - page 12

Record Submissions, New Programs, Outreach Initiatives
Showcase Specialty’s Diversity and Growth
The 2012 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, the organization’s 80th
convention, truly embraced its theme of “We Are Neurosurgery.”
Attendees from around the world and every facet of the specialty
descended upon Miami April 14-18, 2012, engaging in a wide swath
of educational programs, social events, fundraising opportunities
and community outreach initiatives that showcased the many positive
ways that neurosurgery impacts society. The Scientific Program
Committee had to sort through more than 900 abstract submissions
— a record number — as some 3,342 medical attendees and nearly
6,900 Annual Scientific Meeting attendees listened and learned from
an outstanding collection of speakers and presenters.
Saturday featured numerous internationally focused programs,
including practical clinics and an international symposium with
partner organization FLANC (the Latin American Federation of
Neurosurgical Societies), concluding with FLANC’s international
reception. Following Sunday’s full day of practical clinics, all
attendees were invited to sit in on a new town hall-style discussion
with former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson, who shared his thoughts on
health-care reform and took questions from the audience on a wide
range of topics. The evening concluded with the Opening Reception,
where attendees were able to roam among the animals and mingle
with colleagues on Jungle Island.
The plenary sessions at the 2012 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
began on Monday, and for the first time, viewers from around the
world could view the presentations live via streaming video through a
portal AANS created on its AANS
professional networking site.
Monday also saw the AANS, in conjunction with ThinkFirst National
Injury Prevention Foundation and WalkSafe, educate 90 children
on helmet safety as part of a bike-helmet fitting at the Fienberg
Fisher School in Miami Beach, Fla. AANS members, including those
from the Young Neurosurgeons Committee, gave presentations
on how to prevent head injuries, which coincided with the AANS’
National Neurosurgery Awareness Week program about concussion
awareness. In addition, every child received an AANS bike helmet.
Another first occurred during Tuesday’s program, as a 180-minute
program titled “Operative Nuances for Managing Complex Cranial Cases:
A 3-D Video Presentation” was moderated by Aaron Cohen Gadol, MD,
FAANS, with Robert Spetzler, MD, FAANS; William Couldwell, MD, PhD,
FAANS; Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS, FACS; and Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD,
FAANS, serving as faculty. The session — which was standing-room
only — utilized vivid high-definition 3-D to help review crucial technical
nuances that can help improve patient outcome in complicated cranial
cases. All attendees, whether in person or watching online, could text or
ask questions about the techniques being shown.
The AANS also held a unique tribute program for Albert L. Rhoton
Jr., MD, FAANS, as the Albert L. Rhoton Tribute for the Establishment
of the Rhoton Endowment for Research, through the NREF, gave the
entire specialty the opportunity to honor the father of microscopic
neurosurgery. The endowment’s funds will provide future research
and training opportunities specifically geared to promote continuous
learning in microsurgical advances. The fundraiser featured both live
and silent auctions, donations, corporate support and a special tribute
book — and with AANS matching donations at a one-to-one ratio,
well over a half-million dollars was raised for the new endowment.
Held at Bongos Cuban Café in downtown Miami, a kaleidoscope of the
profession came together to both show their appreciation to a “legend”
of the field, as well as to enjoy camaraderie and entertainment, the
latter of which was provided by the Grammy-award winning band
The Sound Machine.
Reshaping the Definition: We Are Neurosurgery
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