Annual Meeting Update
The 40 th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, co-sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, will be held from June 18, 2005, through June 22, 2005, at the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The resort is set in the town of Whistler against the backdrop or Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. This idyllic mountain setting will provide a spectacular venue for both scientific exchange and recreation. The town of Whistler is located approximately 75 miles from Vancouver, British Columbia along the Sea to Sky Highway. It has all the modern amenities including world class restaurants, award winning spa and health club, and high-speed internet access.
A range of accommodations are available including one- and two-bedroom suites.
Studio Jr. Suite- $189.00 (CAD)
One Bedroom Suite- $249.00 (CAD)
Two Bedroom Connecting Suites- $438.00 (CAD)
Two Bedroom Suite- $700.00 (CAD)
Whistler can be easily reached from either Seattle or Vancouver. From Seattle, it is about a four and a half hour drive along the scenic Interstate 5 North. From Vancouver, it is about a one and a half hour drive through fjord like mountain lakes. Both the Seattle and Vancouver airports are serviced by several major airlines. Be advised that due to heightened security, all passengers should have a passport including young children.
The meeting is structured to allow arrival on Saturday, June 18, 2005. The exhibit hall will be available in the afternoon for vendors to set up their booths. The Opening Reception will take place in the evening on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the Scientific Program will begin. In celebration of the 40 th Anniversary, the program will feature several historical perspective lectures on clinical topics. Dr. Jonathan White is this year’s Scientific Program Chairman and has secured Dr. Alex Valadka and Dr. Kim Burchiel as guest speakers. Sunday evening will be open for attendees to explore their own dining arrangements in Whistler. Each morning, their family members and their will be periodic coffee breaks during the scientific sessions. On Monday afternoon, the annual golf tournament will take place at the nearby Whistler Golf Club. Monday night will also be open for the general membership to dine on their own. The President’s Dinner will also be held on Monday night. On Tuesday afternoon, the annual tennis tournament will be conducted at a venue to be determined. This year in lieu of a barbeque and a separate banquet, the two events will be combined into a resort casual banquet and awards ceremony. A kids’ party will also be available during the banquet. The final Scientific Session will be held on Wednesday morning. Those attending the meeting have the option of extending their stay at the negotiated rates. Please refer to the schedule of social and scientific events posted on the website.
The mountains, lakes, and rivers surrounding Whistler provide and unending range of recreational opportunities. World class fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all-terrain vehicle touring are just a few. There are four golf courses within the town of Whistler alone. The town has numerous boutique-style shops as well as bars and restaurants, all within walking distance of the hotel. It is also quite likely that the upper faces of Whistler and Blackcomb will still be open during the meeting for those interested in spring skiing.
June in British Columbia can be quite varied. Temperatures are usually in the 60’s but rain and cooler temperatures are not uncommon.
The Government of Canada applies a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 7% to items purchased in Canada and a Hotel Services Tax (HST) of 15% Visitors to Canada are entitled to a tax refund upon leaving the country. To qualify, a refund claim must be in excess of $14.00 and must be comprised of original receipts in excess of $3.50. There are several agencies for processing the refund both in Whistler and at the airports.
Please Note the Following: In an effort to continue to save on printing expenses and to expedite the registration process, ALL REGISTRATION THIS YEAR IS ONLINE. Please go to WWW.RMNS.ORG to register for this years meeting. Please register prior to May 1 st to take advantage of the lowest registration rates. You will also need to arrange you lodging reservations through the online system. If you need specific information regarding the accommodations at the resort, visit the website at WWW.WESTINWHISTLER.COM . The Society does not have arrangements for credit card payment online. Payments should be made by check to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society and mailed prior to the meeting to the following address.
Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, INC
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Utah
30 North 1900 East, Suite 3B409 SOM
Salt Lake City, UT 84123-2303
The 40th Annual Meeting promises to be a special experience and will be commemorated for each attendee with a DVD containing photographs from each of the previous Annual Meetings. We sincerely hope to see you in Whistler.
Doctor Jonathan White is this years Scientific Program Chairman and is preparing another stimulating scientific program. This years honored guest at Whistler are Dr. Alex Valadka and Doctor Kim Burchiel. Doctor Valadka’s primary areas of intrest are Neurotrauma and neurosurgical critical care. Doctor Burchiel is widely known for his surgical care of patients with pain and his expertise in functional and stereotactic surgery. Both of these speakers promise to present intresting talks in their respective fields. Once again we will have an outstanding Resident Award competition that offers a 400 dollar cash award plus travel expenses, hotel and registration fees to the best resident paper in the neurosciences. Don’t forget the Fourth Annual Academy Cup will be presented to the best paper from a practicing (active or associate member) neurosurgeon. Check out the scientific meeting schedule in this mailing, and don’t forget to bring your copy to the meeting as we will have limited extra copies available. AS in the past, Firing Line cases are encouraged. Please consider bringing special or difficult cases for discussion with Drs. Burchiel and Valadka.
Certification of continuing medical education is under the able direction of Dr Paul Elliott and the CME Committee. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, Inc. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons designates continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 16 hours in Category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Remember, each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in educational activity.
This year we have the pleasure of welcoming the following exhibitors to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society’s annual meeting. Additional exhibitors are still in the process of making plans to attend. Don’t forget to thank your representatives for their company’s support.
Medtronic Sofamor Danek
The Membership Committee and the Executive Committee are reviewing the following applicants for membership in the Society. Final approval will be determined by a vote of the membership at the annual business meeting in British Columbia:
The Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society also has a tradition of informing our members of the loss of any of our colleagues, in as timely a fashion as possible. The condolences of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society are expressed to the friends, family and colleagues of Dr. George Nash of Tucson, Arizona.
The Society encourages membership applications from those practitioners within our geographic boundaries who specialize in neurosurgery or the allied neurosciences. Applications are available through the Secretary of the RMNS (see address below) and must be submitted six months in advance of the annual meeting in order to be considered for membership that year.
• Spring and Fall Newsletters are available on our website, www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org . If you’ve misplaced your registration or housing materials, want to review the newsletter, or just need to remind yourself (or spouse) about meeting specifics, you can easily access the materials on-line.
• The reproduction of the RMNS historical archive into electronic format is available on-line at our website, www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org . Our historian, Dr. Krauth, is requesting submission of any digital photographs of past or future meetings for inclusion in the digital archives .
• The member directory is updated twice annually, during the annual dues cycle and again after the annual meeting, as well as when we receive your notification of changes. The RMNS Member Directory will soon be available in a limited format on the website, www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org . Posting personal member information on the web site raises privacy concerns, so only business addresses will be published on the web site. Since access to full information (spouse names, personal address and contact information, etc.) remains important, full member information will continue to be presented in the annual meeting program and mailed to the membership every other year as we have done in the past. Please be sure to send any corrections and updates to your personal membership information or mailing addresses to the Secretary:
Micheal W. Brown M.D. Secretary
175 South Union Suite 310
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
• 2005 annual dues statements have gone out. Don’t forget to submit them to:
Dr. Joel MacDonald, M.D., Treasurer, RMNS
University of Utath
50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132