Author: Krystal Tomei
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Resident Committee is proud to report that we recently approved the addition of residents to seven different CNS committees, a successful start to increasing leadership opportunities for residents within our organization.
Continuing our mission to foster leadership development, we sought applications from residents in ACGME-accredited residency programs to serve on the following CNS committees: Development, International, CNS University, SANS, Resident, Fellowship, and the Congress Quarterly. After receiving an overwhelming response to the call for applications, we selected the first round of residents for this prestigious opportunity. A warm congratulations to all those who were selected, and thank you to all the residents who applied!
The CNS Leadership Fellows, as the new resident committee members are being called, will work on ways to reach CNS resident members with communications, educational offerings, and opportunities. It is never too early for residents to begin thinking about becoming a leader in neurosurgery, and there are many ways to get involved with the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Consider attending the 2015 CNS Annual Meeting in New Orleans this September 26–30. The opportunities for residents range from recruitment socials and luncheons to case-based 3-D anatomy sessions and hands-on SIM Neurosurgical Training for PGY3–PGY5 residents.
Table 1: CNS membership categories as of February 26, 2015
As of February 26, the CNS has 8,897 members (Table 1). Residents account for 21 percent (1,841) of the total membership, with 1,648 North American residents and fellows, and 193 International Vista resident members. On completion of residency, North American neurosurgeons are promoted into the Transitional membership category before converting to full Active members. There are currently 70 Transitional members. Medical Student membership sits at 266.