• Online Learning-Education Division

    The CNS maintained its reputation as the leader in online continuing education in 2017 with a growing, on-demand portfolio of products, webinars, recordings, and study aides designed to bring reliable, relevant content to neurosurgeons across subspecialties and around the globe.

    The Education Division also launched its new CNS Online Education Catalog, with over 150 archived webinars and recorded live courses available anytime and anywhere, and all mobile friendly. Members can now search the catalog by product type, specialty, or keyword to get an overview of the products available.

    The improved catalog also includes new live and on-demand offerings, like the Seven Aneurysms Bundle, led by Michael T. Lawton, a series of seven live webinars and a SANS exam held over the course of seven months. Dr. Lawton joined each of the series for a live Q&A. This webinar series was a valuable tool that helped impart techniques and nuances to young neurosurgeons and future generations who may have limited open surgical opportunities.

    For the first time ever, the CNS archived a number of CME-eligible sessions from the 2017 Annual Meeting via digital recordings, so members who were unable to attend in person still have the opportunity to share in the educational benefit.

    2017 Online Learning Catalog Counts

    • Board Prep - 69
    • On-Demand Products - 177
    • Live Webinars - 22
    • Annual Meeting Recordings - 124


    The CNS launched Nexus, a case-based compendium of surgical techniques and approaches, at the CNS Annual Meeting. This mobile friendly, intuitive reference allows surgeons to quickly review a case similar to their own before heading into the operating room. Residents have also found Nexus to be an essential tool for reference during specific rotations. The beta launch, released in October, featured over 150 cases, primarily within spine and vascular subspecialty topics. Each case efficiently highlights the approach and alternatives, walks through the procedure step by step, and covers the outcomes, pearls, and pitfalls. High quality intraoperative videos and illustrations add essential details and clarity to the cases. The approach section reviews the current best practices for cranial approaches, with spinal approaches coming in 2018.

    Nexus is accessible free of charge for a limited time at cns.org/nexus. The Education Division and Nexus Editorial Board have an aggressive plan to populate all subspecialty areas in 2018. We invite our members to submit cases for inclusion on this relevant platform. To submit your case for consideration, contact the CNS at education@cns.org.

    Nexus Stats

    • Unique users since launch - 2,261
    • Sessions - 4,312
    • Average session duration - 3:20

    Neurosurgery Survival Guide

    The CNS mobile app portfolio also expanded this year with the addition of the Neurosurgery Survival Guide (NSG). Developed in 2011 by CNS member Neil Roundy during his residency, this multi-platform app has become a trusted reference for mid-levels, residents, PAs, and those working in neuro-intensive care units.

    The content is organized and formatted for quick reference in the OR with easy access to information on common neurological conditions. The NSG currently has over 250 entries and continues to grow through the work of the CNS Resident Ambassador contributions and consistent updates. If you have the guide and want to see the addition of articles not already covered, send a note to nsgsuggestions@cns.org, so that we can make the app better serve the specialty. The NSG app is available for both iPhone and Android devices at cns.org/apps.


    SANS, the CNS' Self-Assessment in Neurosurgery, continues to be the most trusted self-assessment tool in the field with 16 self-assessment exams. In 2017, we rounded out our catalog of Subspecialty SANS Modules. Each subspecialty module offers 100 peer-reviewed questions, worth up to 10 CME credits.

    • SANS Vascular Module
    • SANS Pain and Peripheral Nerve Module
    • SANS Spine Module
    • SANS Tumor Module
    • SANS Functional Module
    • SANS Pediatrics Module
    • SANS Trauma and Neurocritical Care Module

    The CNS also bundled these seven exams together in the SANS Written Board Module Bundle as the premier reference for residents in primary exam preparation. Attendees of the SANS Written Board Exam Preparatory Course received access to the bundles with registration, while Residency Programs have the opportunity to license the bundle and gain access to detailed question reporting.

    The SANS Institutional License Platform helps residency programs by offering critical support in residents' learning curriculum and primary exam preparation.

    • 67 Residency Programs have obtained SANS Module Institutional Licenses in 2017. Does your program participate? Subscribe at cns.org/sanslicense

    The CNS also continues to offer three general SANS Examinations, each offering 250 questions worth up to 24 CME. Exams provide immediate feedback and are mobile friendly.

    • SANS General
    • SANS Spine
    • SANS Pediatrics

    The CNS thanks the 2017-2018 SANS Committee for their dedication to generating peer-reviewed questions that contribute greatly to outstanding SANS exams. The committee is planning to develop several new products in 2018 including: SANS Neuroradiology, SANS Neuropathology, SANS Critical Care, SANS Pain, Opioid, End-of-Life Management, SANS Ethics and Risk Management modules.

    The Congress prides itself on being the most innovative and dynamic provider of online education for neurosurgeons. Access online education at cns.org/education.

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