Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Gathers to Discuss Changing Neurosurgical Culture and How to Empower Today’s Practitioner

Article ID: 601765

Released: 16-Apr-2013 12:35 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Newswise — ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (April 16, 2013) — The Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) will convene the organization’s spring meeting — themed “Changing Our Culture” — on April 26-27, 2013, at the New Orleans Marriott hotel. This meeting of the organization, which is focused on addressing the socioeconomic issues confronting today’s contemporary neurosurgical practitioner at both the national and state/local level, will cover a wide range of topics, and is being held in association with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' 81st Annual Scientific Meeting, which takes place in New Orleans from April 27-May 1, 2013.

“Our challenge as great neurosurgeons is to envision being exemplary neurosurgeons for the future, not just to be better at where and what we are now. To accomplish this requires having satisfying careers and providing the highest quality of patient care in a medical world that will look different than today’s world of medicine, and remote from the one in which most of us have worked and trained during our careers,” said CSNS Chair Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FAANS. “As individuals and neurosurgeons, we must look inward, shed our comfort zone and commit to change — accepting that the status quo might not be perfect and likely suboptimal for the future.”

Staying in context with the meeting’s theme, renowned author Douglas Brinkley will address meeting attendees during the CSNS Luncheon on April 27 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. as he speaks about “Historical Lessons on the Importance of Innovation and Diversity.” Mr. Brinkley, who presently is a professor of history at Rice University, most recently penned the New York Times bestseller “Cronkite;” has written five books that were named “notable books of the year” by the New York Times; and has been given numerous awards for his work, including the BusinessWeek Book of the Year for his 2003 title “Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress.”

In addition to Mr. Brinkley’s luncheon address, other meeting highlights include:• A visual history of the CSNS during the program’s evening reception on April 26.• Fourteen current resolutions slated for debate and vote, including:creation of national databases for measurement of outcomes and quality-of-care delivery; creation of a national safety committee; and ethics of physician-owned distributorships (more commonly known as PODS).• Special reports on a variety of pressing socioeconomic issues, including:coding and reimbursement; cost-effective/high-quality care; raining for future neurosurgeons; and emergency/intensive care unit issues.

The purpose of the CSNS is to provide a national forum for the State Neurosurgical Societies of the United States. This forum is primarily for discussion, consideration and proposals of action regarding socioeconomic issues concerning neurological surgery. For more information about the CSNS or its upcoming meetings and events, please visit Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with nearly 8,300 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the spinal column, spinal cord, brain and peripheral nerves. For more information, visit

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