2012 AANS Annual Report - page 6

In today’s fast-paced, constantly changing health-care environment,
the AANS takes great pride in its unending effort to consistently
deliver outstanding continuing medical education (CME) activities
for neurosurgical practitioners and allied health professionals —
helping those attending AANS educational programs to provide the
best in patient care. AANS provided more than 100 CME educational
activities in fiscal year 2012. These CME-accredited courses
allowed individuals to conform to licensure requirements, AANS
membership requirements, and Board certification and Maintenance
of Certification. During FY12, the AANS offered 10 directly sponsored
CME activities, some 24 jointly sponsored activities, and five resident-
education courses as it pushed the envelope in providing excellent
educational programs in some of the specialty’s most unique areas.
Over the course of the 2012 fiscal year, the AANS made several
program improvements and added a much more involved hands-on
clinical course. The organization also launched new enhancements that
contributed to the growth of the organization by expanding its reach,
while concurrently assisting neurosurgeons, neurosurgical office staff
and mid-level practitioners with their educational needs.
Masterful Resurrection
The AANS Education and Practice Management Committee revived
the AANS Master Series courses, offering
Minimally Invasive Lateral
Interbody Fusion (Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw Approaches)
This clinical hands-on experience for board-certified neurosurgeons
interested in learning a new spinal technique took place June 29-30,
2012, at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Ill., under the
direction of Praveen Mummaneni, MD, FAANS; and Juan Uribe, MD.
This Master Series course covered the indications, contraindications,
anatomy and techniques of MIS lumbar interbody fusion techniques
utilizing a high faculty-to-participant ratio (15 faculty members for 24
attendees) for optimal learning. Six different industry-related suppliers
presented their systems, allowing attendees to learn a new technique
while trying unique systems within a balanced CME venue. The course
sold out quickly, and the evaluations from the program were excellent.
Committing Resources, Enhancing Education
Fiscal year 2012 saw numerous enhancements that contributed to the
evolution and/or growth of the AANS by expanding the organization’s
reach and assisting neurosurgeons, neurosurgical office staff, and
mid-level practitioners with their educational needs. Here are some of
the most visible examples.
Improving the AANS’ coding course —
Two new breakout sessions
greatly improved the coder’s ability to interpret and apply CPT coding
for neurosurgery. Thanks to coding workshop Director Joseph S.
Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS; and Co-director John K. Ratliff, MD, FAANS,
FACS, course attendees may now take advantage of two optional
sessions, at no additional charge, offered prior to the course. The
sessions —
Neurosurgeon’s Coding Update and Revenue Strategies
intended for neurosurgeons only and discussing RUC audits, along
with new technologies and how to code for these technologies; and
Introduction to Coding with Anatomy and Terminology
, intended for
beginner coders who desire additional information on neurosurgical
anatomy in order to optimize the full course experience — both have
been widely attended and highly rated.
Benefiting Goodman Oral Board Review course attendees —
As a
way to aid participants attending this course in FY12, cases presented
by faculty who were part of the plenary session were available for
viewing on a monitor outside the general session room so that all
attendees could see the examples. Having this access has proved to
be a tremendous benefit for those attendees who have been called
out of the full plenary session for their one-on-one sessions and,
thus, missed viewing these important cases. The feedback about this
improvement has been excellent.
Enhancing the AANS Mid-Level Practitioner course —
For a
modest fee, those attending
From Cranial to Spine: An Overview of
Neurosurgical Topics for the Mid-Level Practitione
were able to add
optional breakout sessions. The course, held Sept. 9-10, 2011, in
Chicago, was again co-directed by Robert E. Wharen Jr., MD, FAANS;
David Bissonette, PA-C; and Twyila Lay, NP, MS. Well-attended by
170 nurses and physician assistants, the course was expanded to two
full days, with the addition of two optional hands-on sessions. Both of
these additions, which took place on Saturday afternoon and covered
suturing and neuro-monitoring, sold out.
Transforming Neurosurgical Education for
Practitioners Today — and Tomorrow
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