The San Francisco Neurological Society Continuing Medical Education Mission Statement
The San Francisco Neurological Society (SFNS) is committed to excellence in the neurosciences as well as the professional and intellectual development of its members. Our program is designed to improve and amplify critical thinking and analysis of the latest neuroscientific information, to help promote innovation in the basic neurosciences, and to enhance performance and increase competence in the care of persons with diseases of the nervous system. This is accomplished by providing diverse, advanced, relevant, judicious, challenging and sometimes, controversial information in the neurosciences, provided through didactic programs and scholarly debate.
Included in the SFNS educational offerings are updates on diagnosis and management of neurological and neurosurgical diseases, information on disease prevention, cultural/sexual/linguistic specific issues, information designed to improve communication and practice procedures, issues related to professional development in bioethics, leadership, and patient safety, and advances in neuroscience research to promote better understanding of neurological disease.
The expected result of the SFNS educational activities is that participants increase their competence in the subject areas and their ability to apply their knowledge and skills to improve practice performance in their field, and where appropriate, to improve ability to assess relevant research and apply this toward advances in the neurosciences. Educational activities are evaluated by the participants and by the CME committee. Results are summarized for review and analyzed by the CME Committee. The CME Committee measures the impact of the educational activity, determines which expected results have been achieved, identifies remaining gaps, and establishes needs and plans for future programs, including ways of assessing future program results.
In compliance with California AB1195, speakers are asked to address and reviewers are to identify course curriculum that includes cultural and linguistic competency, including issues relating to ethnicity, religion, age, gender, disability, etc.
The purpose of the SFNS CME program is to provide high-quality, evidence-based educational opportunities that are designed to advance physician competence in treatment of diseases of the nervous system, and to provide the latest neuroscientific information in a forum which encourages critical thinking and debate, and which fosters innovation and creative thinking for further research and academic pursuit.
The SFNS CME program targets neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurses, residents, radiologists, and other medical professionals interested in research, improvement in patient care, and clinical advances in the neurosciences.
Types of Activities Provided
As a CME provider for healthcare professionals ranging from research and academia to clinical practice and to associated neurosciences, our CME activities include conferences, symposia, seminars, debates, clinical presentations, research presentations, and other possible forums. The educational design, instructional method and learning format for each event is chosen to best serve the educational needs and learning objectives of the planned educational activity. The SFNS CME activities offered range from one hour dinner programs to longer symposia of one or more days in length. The activities presentation methodology may include a one person lecture with power point slides, interactive demonstrations, panel discussions, or breakout groups. The SFNS currently holds only live CME activities, but provides accompanying enduring printed materials.
Continuing Education Committee
Director of CME
Steven J. Holtz, MD, FAAN