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Section 5.01 Education Committee
The Education Committee shall serve to coordinate and assist the American
Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological
Surgeons in selecting scientific papers and developing programs. Additional
subcommittees may be formed as necessary to coordinate, and/or develop
scientific and educational programs for other organizations. The Chairperson
of the Education Committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the
Section 5.02 Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members appointed
by the Joint Section Executive Committee and the Committee Chairperson.
The immediate past Joint Section Chairperson shall serve as chairperson
of the Nominating Committee. One member shall be appointed each year
to replace the member rotating off of the committee. Each member's appointment
shall last three years. This committee shall present candidates for the
officer positions within the Joint Section to the Executive Committee
at the time of the CNS Annual Meeting. In February, the slate is presented
and nominations are taken from the floor. Fifteen days after presentation,
the full ballot will be circulated to the full voting membership. The
balloting shall be conducted by mail and only the ballots received on
or before March 15th of the year of the election shall be counted. A
simple majority of those voting shall be necessary to elect an officer.
Section 5.03 Annual Meeting Committee
The Annual Meeting Committee shall consist of five (5) members, two
(2) to be appointed each year by the Executive Committee. One experienced
member shall be appointed to serve as the Annual meeting Chairperson.
One senior member will be the Exhibits Chairperson, who will serve a
three year term. The other senior member shall be appointed to serve
as the Scientific Program Chairperson. The two newly appointed members
shall be appointed to serve as Assistant Annual Meeting Chairperson,
and Assistant Scientific Program Chairperson, and shall assume their
respective responsibilities for the annual meeting the subsequent year.
The Exhibits Chairperson will serve as the liaison between the Executive
Committee and vendors who wish to exhibit at the Joint Section Annual
Section 5.04 Newsletter Committee
The Newsletter Committee shall consist of two (2) members, one member
appointed every two years. Their appointment shall last four (4) years.
The senior member shall be Newsletter Editor for two (2) years. The junior
member shall serve as Assistant Newsletter Editor.
Section 5.05 Research and Awards Committee
The Research and Awards Committee shall consist of seven members, each
serving a three year term. The Executive Committee shall appoint 2 new
members each year. The current Chairpersons of the Awards Committee and
the Research Committee will serve as Co-Chairpersons of this Committee
until the next Annual Meeting of the Combined Section, at which time
a new Chairperson or Co-Chairpersons will be appointed by the Chairperson
of the Section. Every three years thereafter, the Section Chairperson
shall appoint a new Committee Chairperson(s), subject to ratification
by the Executive Committee, who shall serve an additional three year
term. This Committee shall conduct and coordinate the scientific and
research activities of the Joint Section, at the will of the Joint Section
Executive Committee. The Committee shall be responsible for soliciting
applications for and selecting finalists and awardees for the Research
Awards, Fellowship Awards, the International Fellowship Awards, and the
Mayfield Award(s). The nomination and selection of candidates for the
Meritorious Service Medal will not be the responsibility of this Committee,
but will be the responsibility of the Past-Chairperson, the current Chairperson,
and the Chairperson-Elect of the Joint Section.
These Awards may be awarded each year at the Joint Section Annual Meeting
and are intended to establish funding for clinically relevant research
related to the spine and peripheral nerves, and to provide a means of
peer review for clinical research projects to help improve the quality
of the proposal and therefore enhance competitiveness for N.I.H. funding.
A secondary goal of the Awards is to create an annual funding mechanism
aimed at answering questions pertaining to the treatment of disorders
of the spine and peripheral nerves.
Two FellowshipAwards may each be awarded annually at the Joint Section
Annual Meeting, each to a U.S. or Canadian neurosurgical resident to
provide supplemental funding for advanced education and research in disorders
of the spine or peripheral nerves. This funding is to be provided for
post-graduate or residency fellowship training away from the parent institution.
Two International Fellowship Awards may each be awarded annually at
the Joint Section Annual Meeting, each to a neurosurgical resident or
a neurosurgeon from outside of the U.S. or Canada to provide supplemental
funding for advanced education and research in disorders of the spine
in the form of fellowship experience in the United States or Canada.
The Mayfield Award may be awarded annually at the Joint Section Annual
Meeting to a neurosurgical resident or fellow who authors an outstanding
manuscript detailing a laboratory or clinical investigation in the area
of spinal or peripheral nerve disorders. The intent of the Award(s) is
to recognize and promote research among residents and fellows in training
in the surgical subspecialty of Neurological Surgery. Two Awards are
available, one for clinical research and one for basic science research
Section 5.06 Rules and Regulations Committee
The Rules and Regulations Committee shall consist of three (3) members,
one member appointed by the Joint Section Executive Committee each
year. Their appointment shall last three years with the senior member
acting as Chairperson. This Committee shall review the Joint Section's
Rules and Regulations and make written recommendations to the Executive
Committee. Changes in the Rules and Regulations approved by the Executive
Committee must be ratified by the AANS Board of Directors and the CNS
Executive Committee. Approved changes or amendments must be presented
and explained to the membership in the Joint Section Newsletter. Rules
and Regulations thus presented will be voted upon by the membership
at the next Joint Section Annual Meeting. A two-thirds majority is
required for ratification.