January 2009 Update: Education on AAN.com

January 13, 2009


By Daniel B. Hier, MD, MBA, FAAN

As we enter 2009, it is a pleasure to look back at the activities of the Education Section of AAN.com. Our mission for the past year has been to inform our members about the diverse educational resources and activities of the AAN. During 2008, these activities were spearheaded by the energetic Education Committee of the AAN, led by its Chair, Ralph Józefowicz, MD, FAAN.

I wish to thank my distinguished Education Section Editorial Board, Steven L. Lewis MD, FAAN, Barney J. Stern, MD, FAAN, Linda M. Selwa, MD, FAAN, Sung Bae Lee, MD, Joseph E. Safdieh, MD, and Barbara Scherokman, MD, FAAN, FACP.

A tremendous amount of neurologic education is now available on the website. Both Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology® and Quintessentials® are available at AAN.com. CME may be obtained by completing assessments online. The popular feature "Test Your Knowledge" provides stimulating questions that are regularly updated. The AAN's NeuroSAE™: Self-Assessment Examination in Clinical Neurology is a 100-question, multiple-choice online examination designed to help neurologists meet the Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning component of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). The content outline for the exam is based on the outline used by the ABPN for the MOC cognitive examination.

Neurologists who want to further their education can purchase at AAN.com a CD with syllabi from the 2008 Annual Meeting Courses in Chicago, more than 173 audio presentations in MP3 format, or a DVD with more than 240 hours of webcasts and slide presentations.

On AAN.com, neurologists may also obtain 1.5 CME credits from each issue of Neurology® by completing the assessment.

The Education Committee has created a valuable tool for tracking CME called My CME. This tool tracks AAN CME automatically, and neurologists can add CME earned elsewhere to their transcript manually.

News about Education at the AAN is regularly updated in the Education Newsstand found on the Education page of AAN.com. During the past year we have kept members informed about Maintenance of Certification, the Fall and Winter Conferences, as well as educational events for program directors, residents, fellows, and clerkship directors.

On the Education page, we have also carried in-depth articles on Maintenance of Certification, innovative education initiatives at the Partners Neurology Program in Boston, as well as an article on how to find neuroimages on the Internet. We have begun a series of interviews with prominent figures in neurology education that have included Ralph Józefowicz on course selection for the Annual Meeting, Barney Stern, MD, FAAN, on neurology education research , and Eric Eggenberger, DO, FAAN, on the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library.

AAN.com also offers web pages devoted to Clerkship Directors, Residency Directors, as well as a site devoted to Residents and Fellows.

During 2009, I look forward to keeping our membership informed of the Education resources and activities. We plan to work hard to improve the assets of our Digital Resource Library. We are also planning to improve navigation in the Education Section and make it even easier to get the information members want about Education resources. I plan to bring additional information to the Education Newsstand and to continue a series of published interviews that highlight the activities of the Education Committee.

With best wishes,
Daniel B. Hier, MD, MBA, FAAN
Education Editor, AAN.com