Under the leadership of Chair Nicholas Bambakidis and Vice Chair Ashok Asthagiri the CNS Education Committee introduced four live courses, new online and mobile resources, and a modernized, online learning catalog, all while expanding and building upon some of the CNS' most popular and time-honored educational offerings. This was accomplished through the efforts of 24 volunteer committee and work group members and over 180 live and online course faculty members.
CNS Board Exam Preparation
The CNS prides itself on being a leader in ABNS exam review and preparation, and in 2017, the Education Division expanded its catalog, creating a comprehensive curriculum of opportunities to help residents and early career surgeons navigate the certification process.
Written Board Review
New for 2017, the CNS premiered the SANS Written Boards Highyield Review Course in March to a group of 45 residents. This two-day intensive course combined summative didactic sessions with integrated real-time testing covering the breadth of neuroanatomy, neurobiology, neuropathology, neuroimaging, neurology, neurosurgery, critical care, and core competencies-from synaptic physiology to cranial nerve anatomy to complex spine surgery. The case-based approach and the tailored SANS examination study guide were designed to help reinforce the most important topics to review for the exam. The live course is complemented by the CNS' new SANS Written Board Module Bundle, comprised of seven 100-question subspecialty modules, which were provided to all 2017 attendees with their registration. In 2018, the Education Division plans to expand the curriculum with a recorded version of the live course and a series of Written Board preparation webinars.
Oral Board Review
The popular CNS Oral Board Exam Preparation Review Course is designed to help candidates get a head start on Oral Board preparation, identify the parts of the exam that will be more challenging to them, and start to get comfortable with the exam format. Held in Boston, just prior to the Annual Meeting, this two-day intensive review course was retooled this year to address the recent changes to the Oral Examination format. Attendees also had access to three new videos on test taking strategies presented by course faculty and other neurosurgeon experts.
The live Oral Board Review Course is complemented by an on-demand recorded course and two live Oral Board Review webinar series, each held just prior to the ABNS Exam in the spring and fall. For 2018, the Education Division added a second Oral Board Review Course in the winter, allowing participants to attend the live course closest to their examination date.