The North American Spine Society (NASS) recently underwent a comprehensive Board and Council restructure
. Through these changes, the NASS Board of Directors aims to create a more nimble and responsive structure, and provide greater transparency to members about their strategy for the organization.
As part of the initiative, Council Directors of the Board of Directors have participated in a strategic planning process to delve into the implications of these changes for the various committees under their umbrella. In a recent interview, Alan Hilibrand, MD, the Council Director for the NASS Education Council, answered the following questions:
Q. What are the highest priority issues, challenges, or opportunities within your Council's mandate you wish to address in 2024?
NASS would like to be the premier provider of spine CME. We aspire to bring attendees to diverse locations and diverse learning opportunities to satisfy the needs of our diverse membership. This will include city and vacation destinations, hands on and virtual as well as traditional course CME formats, to include a focus on discussions, debates, and small group learning around contemporary concepts and controversies.
Q. What are your goals for your Council in 2024?
We would like to consolidate NASS offerings to high yield courses focused on our different member types (surgeons, physiatrists, NP/PA, and other spine practitioners). We seek to make the CME program more attractive to our membership.
Q.How will the NASS Board/Council restructure assist your Council in achieving these goals?
Our focus on financially successful courses, a wider audience of attendees, and fewer courses should fit with the mission of the NASS Board.
About Dr. Hilibrand
Dr. Hilibrand is the Joseph and Marie Field Professor of Spinal Surgery and serves as the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development and Co-Chief of Spinal Surgery for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and The Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He is also Professor of Neurological Surgery, as well as Director of Medical Education for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has authored or co-authored 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American Medical Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as the Chairman of the Communications Cabinet, and is the President of the Cervical Spine Research Society. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA and his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.