The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Meeting was held in Los Angeles from April 21-24, 2023, with the theme of advocacy and the role of neurosurgeons in advocacy. The meeting was a great success, with a high turnout of physicians, advanced practice providers (APPs), and industry representatives, who had the opportunity to network, learn about the latest technological advancements in the field, and gain knowledge on how to become better advocates for their patients and in healthcare in general.
The meeting kicked off with pre-meeting courses on April 22, which were ticketed and specialty-specific. These courses were designed to provide participants with focused, in-depth knowledge on specific topics, tailored to their particular areas of interest. Attendees were able to choose from a range of courses, based on their individual needs and preferences.
On April 23, the meeting continued with a practical clinic and the official opening, which took place that Friday afternoon. The day also featured an excellent all-day session for APPs, which focused on their unique role in the field of neurological surgery and provided them with the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from others.
Throughout the meeting, there were multiple receptions, including a Global reception, an Opening reception, and a Women in Neurosurgery Breakfast. These events provided participants with the chance to meet and connect with their peers, exchange ideas, and forge new relationships.
The trade exhibits were extensive and showcased a lot of new technology, including robotics and navigation. This was an opportunity for industry representatives to showcase their latest products and services, and for participants to learn about the latest technological advancements in the field.
One issue that some participants faced was finding the Main lecture hall, as the entry was through the exhibit hall. However, this was a minor inconvenience and did not detract from the overall success of the meeting.
Industry lunch and learns were a highlight of the meeting, with new biologics and artificial intelligence hubs showcased, as well as PTP surgery. These sessions provided participants with the opportunity to learn about the latest research and developments in the field, and to engage in lively discussions with their peers.
On the evening of April 22, there were multiple alumni receptions/reunions for various academic programs, which provided a chance for attendees to reconnect with their colleagues and mentors, and to share their experiences and knowledge.
The presidential address was given by Ann Stroink MD, who focused on neurosurgeons as advocates for patients and various facets of healthcare. This was a timely and relevant topic, given the current state of healthcare in the US, and provided participants with valuable insights into how they can become better advocates for their patients and in healthcare in general.
The location of the meeting in Los Angeles at LA Live was ideal, as it also allowed participants access to the crypto.com arena, with playoff games in progress during the meeting. The weather was also gorgeous, adding to the overall success of the meeting.
In conclusion, the AANS Annual Meeting in Los Angeles was a great success for networking and knowledge update, with an excellent location. The focus on advocacy and the role of neurosurgeons in advocacy was timely and relevant, and the extensive trade exhibits showcased the latest technology in the field. The industry lunch and learns were informative and engaging, and the various receptions provided participants with the opportunity to connect with their peers and mentors. Overall, the meeting was a positive experience for physicians, APPs, and industry representatives, and it felt like the shutdowns with the COVID pandemic were behind us. The meeting was a great opportunity for participants to gain knowledge, connect with their peers, and become better advocates for their patients and in healthcare in general.
Dr. Sekhon has no conflicts of interest to report.
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