Winter 2022 CSNS Liaison Report

I would like to start off by saying that being the NERVES Liaison to the Congress of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my time in NERVES. I have had the opportunity to interact with both professionals and physicians from across the practice spectrum. For those who don’t know much or anything about the CSNS it is the grassroots socio-economic organization that sits between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgery (CNS). It is made up of various appointees and volunteers from all practice venues and state and regional neurosurgery societies. It has a Chair, currently Dr. Joseph S. Cheng, that serves a two-year term as well as various other officers. There are also several committees that have a Chair like the Practice Committee and the Medico-Legal Committee, among others. It also offers great exposure for residents. The CSNS take around 12 Socio -Economic Resident Fellows each year that get to learn many aspects of practice that they get little or no exposure to during their six to seven years of training in an academic program. The CSNS meets in-person at both annual meetings of its parent organizations and all neurosurgeons are welcome to attend and vote on the various resolutions that are put forward during the meeting. The CSNS also meets in the Summer and Winter either in-person or through a video to keep things moving forward between the annual meetings.

At the CNS meeting in San Francisco in October, several resolutions were put forward for consideration, of which only a few were adopted and are moving forward. Some of the following resolutions will be moving forward during the next year: 

  • The processes and framework of a lawsuit: A guide for the neurosurgical trainee
  • Evaluation and analysis of non-spine surgeons performing endoscopic spine surgery
  • Informal consultation and clinical advice by a neurosurgeon

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