• Online Education & Engagement

    Online Education continues to provide a convenient way for neurosurgeons and residents to gain the necessary skills to improve patient care and prepare for exams. Online education saw dramatic growth as it helped to guide CNS membership into a dynamic, increasingly electronic future.

    • Four new limited-time bundles were created to provide an efficient way to earn CME while studying specific areas of interest.
      • Cerebrovascular Surgery Bundle
      • Practice Management Bundle
      • Spinal Trauma Bundle
      • Trauma: Brain Injury Bundle
    • Quality Science Curriculum (QSC), a new online tool for residents was rolled out. The QSC includes ten narrated presentations with companion pre- and post-test question assessments that train residents on the nonclinical ACGME milestones they need to learn.
    • Residents received complimentary access to CNS online education. In 2016, 1,680 residents accessed 138 on demand products (online and archived webinars), and 1,244 residents attended live webinars.
    • Live Webinars have enjoyed tremendous popularity and growth in attendance, and the program was bolstered with 25 new and unique offerings.
      • Oral Boards Study Tips Webinar: A summary of the popular full Oral Board Webinar Series (seven webinars that are offered in the spring and fall), was available for the Oral Board Early Preparation Course participants.
      • Joint Webinars: Four new webinars co-hosted with the Pain Section, Pediatric Section, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and Zeiss were presented throughout the year. Look for more successful collaborations in 2017.
      • Endoscopic Webinar Series: Parts one and two of the seven-part webinar series were broadcasted in June and November. The remaining five will be held throughout 2017.



    CNS members and nonmembers alike engage in CNS online activities outside of educational courses. Platforms such as Case of the Month, Neurosurgery Watch, and CNS social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) provide a virtual community where participants can interact and share ideas.



    Case of the Month continues to be one of the CNS’s most popular online educational tools, providing a forum for discourse regarding the management and treatment of ordinary and extraordinary cases.

    Neurosurgery Watch gives neurosurgeons an easy way to stay up-to-date with the latest clinical findings. Key points of significant papers from over 50 journals are summarized monthly by a panel of member volunteers. 

    Social Media grew exponentially in 2016. Twitter following (@CNS_Update) grew 31 percent, Facebook grew 40 percent, and LinkedIn grew 15 percent. CNS followers enjoy sharing and reading about upcoming events, CME opportunities, neurosurgery news, journal articles, patient success stories, inspirational quotes, and more. On Twitter, CNS Annual Meeting attendees shared their personal experiences, photos, and videos in record numbers.


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