SNS Neurosurgery Portal

    As you know, neurosurgery residency programs will be utilizing the new ACGME Milestones version 2.0 in the upcoming CCC meetings. We’ve launched a new set of evaluations on the SNS Neurosurgery Portal, compliant with the structure of these newly revised Milestones. The new evaluation tools are freely available on the Neurosurgery Portal for you to use.

    To access the Neurosurgery Portal, go to https://www.neurosurgerylogin.org/ and click on the top blue "Login" button under "neurosurgeryportal.org." If you have questions about the Portal or have technical issues, please contact portalsupport@societyns.org. 

    Tracking Resident Abstracts

    We know that tracking resident research presentations can be a challenge. For your convenience, you can request resident abstract submission/selection engagement history from the CNS by contacting residentabstracts@cns.org. Please provide the resident name(s) and the range of dates (i.e., CNS, Spine Section, Tumor Section, or CV Section Meetings), and allow two weeks for report.  


    In order for your residents to enjoy all CNS member benefits, including those listed belowwe need to create a complimentary resident member account for each of them. Please send your residents’ names, email addresses, and expected date of completion to membership@cns.org.


    A critical component of residency training that helps prepare residents for the primary examination, available for Residency programs to purchase. The CNS offers two types of products for institutional licenses: 

    • Self-Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS): Particularly helpful for residents working toward full certification, our extensive bank of peer-reviewed questions offers a comprehensive review of clinical applications across neurosurgical specialties, as well as several non-clinical core competencies. In addition:
      • With a residency program license, you'll receive reporting that provides visibility into individual performance (strengths/deficiencies) and program performance compared to national averages, allowing you to provide one-to-one feedback, guidance, and assistance to better position residents for success.
      • Coupled with the SANS Written Boards Module Bundle, the Residency program license becomes the single most comprehensive study resource and exam preparation tool available for the primary certification exam. 
    • Quality Science Curriculum (QSC)This online tool helps residents understand the importance and value of nonclinical ACGME milestones. QSC is a simple, turn-key training solution your program can implement today to address ACGME milestones in 5 non-clinical domains, via 10 narrated presentations with companion pre- and post-test question assessments. 

    Ordering SANS Institutional License Products

    Order SANS Institutional License Products by visiting https://www.cns.org/sanslicense and logging in to your CNS account.

    Don’t have an account? Create a free nonmember account at https://directory.cns.org/createaccount.aspx.

    After you submit payment and your license is set up, you can access your SANS institutional license reports by:

    • Logging into your account at www.cns.org.
    • Clicking My Learning in the upper left corner under Welcome and your name.
    • To the far right of the CNS logo, clicking the Admin tab.
    • To the far right of your Institution's name, clicking Edit.
    • Clicking the Products tab.
    • In the drop-down that says Nonmember, selecting Member.
    • Clicking Search to access your current products.
    • If you click the Reports tab, you can generate different survey results and status reports about your residents' exams and their progress.


    Residents can view hundreds of live webinars and on-demand products—SANS products, Written Board and Oral Board preparation products, archived webinars, course recordings, and more—in the CNS Online Catalog. Many are free with special resident code 18CNSLife at checkout.

    SANS Products

    Residents can purchase individual SANS products, including:

    • SANS Written Board Module: Residents can access all seven SANS Modules—a total of 700 questions—to help them prepare for the Written Board examination. Or, they can purchase each separately:
      • SANS: Functional Module for Residents
      • SANS: Pain and Peripheral Nerve Module for Residents
      • SANS: Pediatric Module for Residents
      • SANS: Spine Module for Residents
      • SANS: Trauma and Neurocritical Care Module for Residents
      • SANS: Tumor Module for Residents
      • SANS: Vascular Module for Residents
    • SANS Boards App: This CNS app provides a convenient resource to prepare your residents for the ABNS Primary Examination. It contains critical information covered on the exam and is comprised of 200 questions from the following categories: neurology, neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, neurobiology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and critical care. Accessible via iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
    • SANS: Competencies for Residents: Residents will learn about the medicolegal ramifications of landmark federal regulations that impact the profession of neurosurgery, current non-clinical core competency scenarios, and the latest practice management and socioeconomic developments that affect the profession of neurosurgery.
    • SANS: General for Residents: This product allows resident to assess the latest guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of various disorders of spine, trauma, vasculature, and tumors; evaluate medical knowledge across the various neurosurgical subspecialties, such as spine, tumor, trauma, critical care, pediatrics, cerebrovascular, epilepsy, radiosurgery, functional disorders, and medicolegal issues; and recognize the latest evidence in the treatment of various neurosurgical disorders across subspecialties.
    • SANS: Indications for Residents: Through this product, residents will be able to comprehend indications of common neurosurgical procedures; identify, prioritize, and apply the correct diagnostic test; and discuss decision making in common neurosurgical cases.


    The CNS offers a wide range of apps and reference resources, many of which are free to your residents.

    • Neurosurgery Survival Guide (NSG) App: Created by neurosurgeons, for neurosurgeons, this is the definitive rapid reference guide! It encompasses the massive breadth of knowledge and information needed when caring for neurosurgery patients. With hundreds of unique topics, content is kept up-to-date with the latest in practice recommendations.
    • CNS Guidelines App: This free app brings neurosurgical guidelines to your residents’ ļ¬ngertips! They’ll get immediate, at-the-point-of-care access to guideline recommendations in these subspecialties: pain, pediatrics, spine and peripheral nerves, stereotactic and functional, trauma, and tumor.
    • Nexus: Residents can explore 250+ cases and 13 approaches through the CNS’ freecomprehensive, case-based repository of neurosurgical operative techniques and approaches enhanced with intraoperative images, medical illustrations, and operative video.
    • The Surgeon’s ArmamentariumNew Look and Experience for 2019!Users receive customized search results from Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery‘s vast resources on medical conditions, operative techniques, technology, surgical procedures, complications, and more. The Surgeon’s Armamentarium is neurosurgery within reach. 
    • Resident Roadmap: Provides helpful education, research, and employment resources, as well as a timeline with important milestones.


    Resident members receive complimentary online subscriptions to the following publications.

    • Congress Quarterly: The official newsmagazine of the CNS written by members, for members. It reflects the changing nature of neurosurgery and fosters discussion among neurosurgeons on non-clinical topics such as practice management issues, regulatory and legislative affairs, and technological advances.
    • NEUROSURGERY® Publications:
      • Neurosurgery: The official journal of the CNS, Neurosurgery brings readers the latest in clinical and experimental neurosurgery covering the very latest developments in science, technology, and medicine. To access, residents can visit www.neurosurgery-online.com, click "sign in" in the upper right corner, and choose “sign in via society site” under the CNS logo.
      • Operative Neurosurgery: The practical resource for cutting-edge material that brings the surgeon the most up-to-date literature on operative practice and technique. To access, residents can visit www.operativeneurosurgery-online.com, click "sign in" in the upper right corner, and choose “sign in via society site” under the CNS logo.
      • Clinical Neurosurgery: Published once per year, it is the official register of the CNS Annual Meeting. It stands as a record of the previous year’s honored guest lectures and presidential address alongside a preview of the coming year's abstracts.


    Encourage your residents to expand their neurosurgical knowledge and enhance their leadership skills through these CNS opportunities:

    • NEUROSURGERY® Publications Resident Fellowship: Provides residents the opportunity to serve on the Editorial Boards of Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery and immerses them in the strategies and mechanics of scholarly publishing.
    • CNS Resident Fellows: Resident Fellows influence the direction of CNS educational initiatives and participate in CNS governance from the ground level, with an extensive array of volunteer opportunities. Selected fellows serve for a two-year term and work with volunteer leaders in key CNS committees.
    • CNS Resident Committee: After completing a CNS Resident Fellowship, residents have the valuable opportunity to join the CNS Resident Committee. They will work closely with CNS leadership, as well as leaders in neurosurgical education, on projects and topics pertaining to residency training. 
    • Journal Submissions: Your residents are invited to submit their work to Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery. Those interested are encouraged to read each journals’ instructions for authors which include information on editorial policy, the online submission process, and requirements per article type. Please click the following links to access our instructions for authors: Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery

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