• SANS Lifelong Learning Evolving, Focused, and Growing

    Author: Ashok R. Asthagiri

    For decades, surgeons have depended on SANS Lifelong Learning, an exclusive CNS product designed to enhance medical knowledge and self-assessment in neurosurgery, reinforce practice patterns, and recognize knowledge gaps to help neurosurgeons prepare for standardized examinations. The CNS is now making it easier for users to delve into important concepts within neurosurgical specialties by offering new subspecialty-focused SANS modules designed to explore medical knowledge in a more in-depth, comprehensive curriculumbased format.

    The vision is to embrace the concept of milestones-based curriculum development and transform SANS into a comprehensive, up-to-date assessment and learning tool. Over the past two years, we have bolstered the editorial process through the formation of an Editorial Review and Advisory Board, and have brought in national leaders in various subspecialties to collaborate with content generation and the question revision process.

    Through the course of the next few years, users of SANS will notice a significant increase in the number of educational offerings that can provide meaningful ways to provide self-assessment— from aspiring medical students who want to prepare for a rotation to experienced neurosurgeons who need to brush up on key concepts before taking the MOC exam. Among the many benefits of turning SANS into a modular format guided by senior advisors in each subspecialty of neurosurgery is that we will now be able to consistently identify and assimilate ratifying developments that should change clinical practice.

    The first module unveiled was the SANS Cerebrovascular Module, with the SANS Pain and Peripheral Nerve Module arriving in early 2016. This year we will also embark on a major change toward embracing a mobile platform, which will make SANS not just a unique tool that provides curriculum through a questionbased interactive format, but also provides a convenient and efficient way to use SANS, no matter where you are. Because it will be mobile friendly on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, users will be able purchase what they need, when they need it. The evolutionary principle is for SANS to continue to develop interactively, providing a more relevant, comprehensive curriculum to our users.

    In addition to our online offerings, the SANS team guides a highly-successful Maintenance of Certification (MOC) live course that helps prepare American Board of Neurological Surgery Diplomates for their ten year Cognitive Examination. Now in its fourth year, the 24-hour SANS MOC Board Review Course incorporates SANS questions in an interactive review session which complements the ongoing, online subspecialty curriculum. The course also fulfills the ABNS MOC Part II requirement for self-assessment and dovetails with the Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves held every spring. The SANS MOC Board Review Course offers a broad and comprehensive review of the neurosurgical specialty and provides a unique opportunity to prepare for recertification or to receive a refresher on the neurosurgical specialty


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