• Practical Courses Offer a New and Interactive Experience

    Authors: Nicky Copland
    James S. Harrop, MD FACS

    Many people learn best when not just listening to new information, but getting practical, hands-on experience. That's why the CNS offers two days of Practical Courses designed to provide high-impact, indepth exploration of the topics most relevant and meaningful to attendees. Offered on Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, Practical Courses are half-day sessions, with the exception of PC02 and PC14, which is a comprehensive, endoscopic skull base surgery cadaver course offered in two, full-day parts. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of each day with a Practical Course in both the morning and afternoon, followed by a Dinner Seminar on Saturday, and General Scientific Session followed by a star-studded Opening Reception on Sunday.

    Additionally, Luncheon Seminars throughout the meeting provide opportunities to delve into highly specialized topics of interest each day. These 90-minute sessions held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, are intense reviews of the latest innovation, research, and techniques, discussed over a catered lunch. These sessions are categorized by subspecialty interest, allowing attendees to build a meeting schedule most relevant to their personal practice and interests.


    Attendees can spend their weekend exploring advanced cerebrovascular surgery (PC02), thrombectomy (PC03), new devices and technology (PC09), and complications (PC10). Luncheon Seminars will explore aneurysms (M02), hematology and coagulation (M03), dural AV fistulas (T15), flow diversion and intra-saccular devices (W29), and venous stenting for pseudotumor (W30).


    Neurotrauma specialists can choose between a symposium (SYM3) or spinal trauma update (PC21), sports concussions (PC13) and have Luncheon Seminar options on each day, including athletic concussion (M10), ICP management (T24), and pediatric head trauma (W33).


    Pain specialists can review the neurosurgical treatment of chronic headache (PC29), and discuss retreating trigeminal neuralgia (T17) and SCS-evidence and expertise (W32) over lunch. Pediatric Pediatric neurosurgeons have multiple Luncheon Seminars to attend, including those on fetal surgery (M04), tethered cord (T18), and head trauma (W33).

    Spine and Peripheral Nerves

    There is a robust catalog of Practical Courses for spine and peripheral nerve neurosurgeons, including surgical complications (PC07), deformity (PC07), nerve surgery (PC11), cervical pathology (PC12), trauma (PC16), innovation (PC17), biomechanics (PC24), and thoracolumbar cases (PC25). There are also courses for peripheral nerve surgery (PC11), brain tumors (PC18, PC27, PC31), and 3D surgical neuroanatomy (PC19, PC26). Relevant Luncheon Seminar topics include peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes (M05), spinal column metastases (M06), robotics (M07), controversies (T19, T21), cervical radiculopathy (T20), and complication management (W34).

    Stereotactic and Functional

    Stereotactic and functional neurosurgeons can learn about laser ablation surgery (PC33) or new technology (PC28). Luncheon Seminar options include minimally invasive epilepsy surgery (M08), clinical trials review (M09), and building a functional neurosurgery practice (T22).

    General topic Practical Courses include practice management tips (PC20, PC23), and clinical reviews (PC30, PC32), plus Luncheon Seminars on similar topics, such as teaching (M14), partner onboarding (W28), mentorship (W39), and career advice (W38). Don't forget, Saturday's full-day symposium (SYM1) is a functional neurosurgery update.


    Tumor-focused neurosurgeons have a full weekend of options, including the endoscopic skull base cadaver course in two parts (PC01, PC14), management of eloquent area tumors (PC05), pituitary adenomas and other sellar pathology (PC08), and degenerative and traumatic cervical pathology (PC12). Luncheon Seminar possibilities include glioma-focused discussions (M11, M12, T23), an ICH trial update (T16), meningioma management (T25), laser interstitial thermal therapy (T26), intra-arterial therapies (W31), non-functioning pituitary adenomas (W35), brain metastasis (W36), and acoustic neuromas (W37).

    Tickets to all Practical Courses and Luncheon Seminars are available for purchase at cns.org/2017. Reserve your spot early to guarantee your participation in your can't-miss sessions!

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