• Educational Division

    This past year has been an exciting and productive year for the CNS Educational Division.

    • A more modern and streamlined curriculum has been implemented that includes non-traditional modalities of education.
    • Standardized objective and validated measures have been employed to appraise the progress and skill levels of our participants.
    • The CNS has demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in knowledge levels and skill dexterity after attendee participation in CNS educational activities.
    • Adopted strategies this year include integration of the educational modules across the CNS product line, linking the CNS to other societies and with the journal.


    • The CNS Spine Complications Course kicked off January 2016 in Park City, Utah, with the theme Crossing the Chasm, Critical Peer Review for Spine Surgeons. Set in an intimate environment, this unique course allows a small group of participants to present their spine complications in an open discussion format and receive feedback and insight from colleagues and faculty. CME provided: 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
    • The 2016 CNS SANS MOC Board Review Course fulfills the ABNS MOC Part II requirement for self-assessment and helps to prepare for the ABNS MOC Cognitive exam using resources from SANS Lifelong Learning. The course drew over 90 participants to Orlando, Florida. CME provided: 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Plus, an optional 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™).


    • The CNS Oral Board Exam Preparation Early Review Course grew a significant 27 percent over 2015. This success is the result of a thoughtfully designed multi-pronged strategy to help neurosurgeons prepare for the often intimidating process of taking the oral boards.
      • In August, a live webinar was conducted where examinees met Oral Board faculty. During the webinar each subspecialty faculty member gave their top ten lists of references and areas of focus.
      • In September, a dynamic live one-and-a-half-day course was held at the CNS Annual Meeting, consisting of case presentations by national neurosurgical leaders along with round table discussions on test-taking strategies.
      • In October, seven evening webinars were held on every subspecialty of neurosurgery the week prior to the Oral Boards.



    11,758.5 CME Credits Claimed Through the CNS


    The CNS is the top provider of CME for neurosurgeons

    Neurosurgeons participating in the MOC process claimed more CME hours from the CNS than from another single source.

    The CNS was the first neurosurgical organization to receive ACCME’s highest level of accreditation, Accreditation with Commendation. We are proud to be among this elite group of committed educators.


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