The CME Mission of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons, as well as descriptions of the scope, target audiences, content areas, expected results and goals are as follows:

The AANOS CME Program is organized to provide continuing medical education of the highest quality to its members and serve as a forum for the sharing of medical and surgical knowledge and expertise.

The overall goals of the CME Program of the AANOS are:

  • To promote an interchange of surgical technique and skills among member physicians through the sponsorship of educational activities and the publication of the peer-reviewed, scientific journal, The Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine and Surgery
  • To present state-of-the-art techniques and procedures in neurological and orthopaedic surgery through the sponsorship of educational activities for specialists
  • To provide an opportunity for physicians to present research and share clinical experiences through the presentation of scholarly papers in The Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine and Surgery
  • To enhance patient care by promoting physician excellence in the specialties of neurological and orthopaedic surgery
  • To maintain CME credit hour records of member physicians earned at AANOS sponsored educational activities
  • To ensure that CME activities and decisions are free of the control of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME, i.e., “any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients”.
  • To make a concerted effort to avoid “relevant financial relationships” that create a conflict of interest of the members of AANOS Planning Committee, a teacher, or an author of CME, and those who have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management, presentation or evaluation of CME activity. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within 12 months that create a conflict of interest. [Rev. May 2010]

The educational activities sponsored by the CME Program range from a review of the basic sciences to state-of-the-art advances in medical knowledge related to the surgical practice of neurology and orthopaedics.

The primary audience for the activities of the CME Program is the membership of AANOS. Additional target audiences include medical students, medical residents, physical therapists, and nurses.

The AANOS CME Program is responsible for four activities:

  • Planning, production, and evaluation of the annual scientific meeting which presents current advancements in medical knowledge and surgical techniques in neurological and orthopaedic surgery
  • Sponsorship of networking activities for AANOS members during the annual scientific meeting for the purpose of providing a forum for the interchange of surgical technique and skills among its members
  • Production of the scientific journal, The Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine and Surgery, to allow leading experts in the field to present research and share clinical experiences
  • Maintenance of CME transcripts documenting members’ participation in AANOS sponsored educational activities

The expected result from the provision of educational activities and other endeavors of the CME Program is to equip AANOS member physicians with state-of-the-art training; and to support members in the development of clinical excellence for the ultimate enhancement of patient care within the specialties of neurological and orthopaedic surgery.