The American Neurological Association hosts a wide range of educational programs. These programs seek to enhance the development and success of those pursuing a career in academic neurology at all levels. There are educational offerings to benefit those at the beginning stages of their career as well as those looking for best practices in Chair level positions. These programs seek to enhance attendee's success in the field of academic neurology and to contribute to the overall education of neurologists and neuroscientists.
The ANA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Below are descriptions for a few of our most sought after programs:
ANA Annual Meeting
Each year, over the course of three days, the ANA annual meeting features a wide range of educational sessions, including courses in career development, scientific symposia covering a broad spectrum of subspecialty areas, clinical updates and the stunning announcement of results from clinical trials. The poster sessions are packed with leading-edge science and the interactive lunch workshops take breakout sessions to the next level.
Recent keynote speakers have included Thomas C. Südhof, M.D., Avram Goldstein Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and President William Jefferson Clinton, who served from 1993 to 2001 as the 42nd President of the United States.
ANA supports neurologists and neuroscientists with individual recognition at every career stage. Travel awards, prizes, and fellowships are in place to recognize those outstanding scientific achievements and contributions to the field. Each year, ANA honors leading neuroscientists around the world with more than $50,000 in prizes and compensation, including complimentary travel and registration for the Annual Meeting.
Translational and Clinical Research Course
The course is designed to further the development of young physician-scientists interested in or engaged in translational or clinical neuroscience research. This three-day course will provide selected research fellows, residents, and junior faculty members with strategies for career development and developing research grant proposals that are designed to encourage trainees and junior faculty to pursue careers in academic neurology.
The purpose of this course is to encourage trainees and junior staff to pursue careers in neurology, in particular academic neurology.
NINDS/ANA Career Development Symposium
The NINDS/ANA Career Development Symposium is designed to provide the K08, K12, K23 and K99 recipients with the essential tools to enhance their ability to write successful grant proposals and to obtain grant funding from NIH and other institutions. The Symposium is led by senior neurologists and neuroscientists who have proven success in scientific grant writing. Senior staff from the NINDS will provide advice concerning the mechanisms involved in grant submission and evaluation.
Faculty Development Symposium
Taught by academic leaders from around the country, the Faculty Development Course take place during the ANA Annual Meeting each year. There are Early Career, Mid/Senior Level and Chair Level courses which run concurrent each day. These courses address topics such as, "Choosing Your Career Path," "Developing a Novel, Transparent, and Equitable Compensation Plan," and "Recruitment and Retention of Women in Academic Neurology" to name a few.
ONLINE: Grant Writing Symposium
This widely acclaimed seminar, developed by Stephen W. Russell and David C. Morrison, comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for faculty members and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience. Each presentation is tailored to meet the needs of the audience, i.e., to emphasize the funding agencies (federal, private, and/or industrial sources) that are of greatest interest to the attendees. Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.