2013 AANS Annual Report - page 14

As neurosurgeons and those allied to the field made their way to New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention
Center for the 2013 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, they were surrounded at every turn by the theme of the
association’s 81st annual convention, “Changing Our Culture to Advance Patient Safety.” From April 27-May 1,
2013, attendees found the topic of patient safety embedded in every element of the meeting, from educational
programs and presentations to the inaugural neurosurgical face-offs discussing some of the field’s most poignant
topics. And whether the meeting theme was carried in a breakfast seminar or practical clinic, or through the
dynamic presidential address of Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS, the impact of the message was the same:
organized neurosurgery is leading the way in improving patient safety, and there is so much more that it will do in
the future.
The 2013 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting again exemplified why the AANS is the leader in organized
neurosurgery. The Scientific Program Committee needed to comb through more than 1,000 abstract submissions
— a record number that exceeded 2012’s then-record 943 submissions — as 3,207 medical attendees and more
than 6,300 Annual Scientific Meeting attendees were treated to a tremendous variety of presentations and
information from the event’s presenters and speakers.
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