2013 AANS Annual Report - page 10

Mapping Out a Road to Success for Residents
For the past eight years, the AANS has redefined resident education through its approach to bring the best and
brightest minds together. In FY13, the association’s nine resident courses educated 247 residents, and AANS has
now had nearly 1,100 residents participate in its resident courses since the program was initiated in 2006. These
educational opportunities are the result of the tremendous work put forth by outstanding faculty, along with the
support and assistance of AANS corporate supporters.
AANS also has continued to invest and promote its innovative Resident Mentoring Program, which gives
neurosurgical residents an opportunity to discuss topics such as fellowships, academic versus private practice
career options, and work/life balance with someone other than their program director — a mentor who can share
their real-life experiences to someone coming into the specialty. Residents take a short survey, the results of
which are used to pair the resident with a mentor. From there, the mentor and resident determine how often to
communicate, and build a relationship forged in trust as they discuss options and issues. In FY13, the program
continued to grow and evolve, with 362 mentors and 242 residents participating. Of note is the fact that 18 mentors
are international members — a tremendous resource to international residents who may have unique concerns,
issues or questions as they aspire to learn and grow in the field.
Through the drive of the AANS’ Education and Practice Management Committee, as well as the backing of
the Development Committee, the 2013 fiscal year again featured outstanding partnerships between organized
neurosurgery, residents and industry. Courses held over the past fiscal year included the following:
Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Residents
, Aug. 3-5, 2012, NorthShore Evanston
Hospital, Evanston, Ill.,
Course Directors: Jason Sheehan, MD, PhD, FAANS; and
John Suh, MD
Supporters: Brainlab AG; Medtronic, Inc.; Mevion Medical Systems, Inc.; Accuray Inc.;
Elekta AB; Varian Medical Systems, Inc.; and Siemens Corp.
Number of attending residents: 30
Endovascular Techniques for Residents
, Oct. 18-19, 2012, Medical Education &
Research Institute (MERI), Memphis
Course Directors: Adam Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS; and Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS
Supporters: Covidien; MicroVention, Inc.; Penumbra Inc.; Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.;
Siemens Corp; and Methodist University Hospital
Number of attending residents: 24
“I think this [Mentoring Program] is an absolutely crucial part to the
maturation and professional development of young neurosurgeons. I
correspond once a month with my mentor and his advice has not only
been helpful, but also directly influential on my career path. I think
anyone who is willing to, should sign up.”
— Brian Gantwerker, MD
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