2013 AANS Annual Report - page 9

A Dynamic Approach to Neurosurgical Learning
In FY13, the AANS continued to reevaluate and build on the success of its educational offerings, using feedback
and input from attendees and faculty to reinforce the strongest slate of educational programming available to
neurosurgeons, nurses, neurosurgical office staff and mid-level practitioners. A few of the examples include:
Individualized question and answer reports were implemented for
Neurosurgical Update: Interactive Review by
Case Management
attendees via the audience response system (ARS). This allowed those at the course to create
a personalized self-study guide for use in preparing for the MOC exam. The written reports from the ARS resulted
in an individualized study guide, which allowed diplomates to see areas of clinical practice they would have to
focus on in preparation for the American Board of Neurological Surgery MOC Cognitive Exam. The course, which
employs a fast-paced, supportive and interactive format to review a broad range of clinical neurosurgical topics,
offers a large number of CME credits in just one weekend by covering more than 100 cases that span the breadth
of neurosurgical practice.
AANS also has worked diligently to develop a robust joint sponsorship program that allows members to attend
some of their favorite courses and meetings while concurrently earning CME credit. Within the framework of the
Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME’s) requirements, ACCME-accredited providers
have an opportunity to plan and implement CME activities with organizations not accredited by ACCME. In the case
of joint sponsorship activities, it is the ACCME-accredited provider’s (in these cases, AANS’) responsibility to be
able to demonstrate this compliance to the ACCME.
Groups such as the Southern Neurosurgical Society, Society of Neurological Surgeons, American Academy
of Neurological Surgery and the joint Sections jointly sponsor their meetings with AANS. AANS makes the
accreditation of these meetings possible through a stringent process that includes applications, guidelines,
samples and definitions, all of which can be found on the AANS.org website. In FY2013,
was revamped in an effort to streamline the joint sponsorship process.
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