Spring 2014 Newsletter

Spring 2014 Newsletter

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2014

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEUROSURGICAL SOCIETY, INC.

Jointly Sponsored by AANS

48th Annual Meeting – June 14-18, 2014

The 2014 Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting will be held from June 14th through June 18 at Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa, Victoria, British Columbia. Dr. Lee Krauth is serv-ing as the local arrangements chairperson, and is putting togeth-er an exciting array of activities for members, guests, and their families at this pristine iconic Mountain Resort.

With a charming resort village perfect for strolling and loads of activities to enjoy, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria truly has something for everyone. Try a round of golf on Canada’s only resort with 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf on either the Mountain or Valley courses. Take a swim in the Mountainside Athletic Club’s year-round heated outdoor pool, or work out in its excellent facilities. Indulge in a pampering treatment at the Santé Spa, which offers traditional spa therapies as well as medical aesthetics treatments. From the moment you arrive at the resort, our friendly and knowledgea-ble staff will take care of your every need. From parking your car to storing your golf bags to suggesting exciting itineraries, we’ll make sure you get the most out of your visit to this special place.

In addition to our scientific program, we all look forward to our annual Opening Recep-tion and Awards Banquet and Dance, with the addition of an opportunity to experi-ence fantastic 2 hour zip line adventure. During the week you can look forward to our traditional golf and tennis tournaments with other activities available on an individual basis. A short drive to downtown Victoria offers a myriad of activities. From museums and castles to whale-watching and kayaking, wine and beer tours, gardens and zoos, Victoria’s attractions invite visitors into a world of history, entertainment, and color

Located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, Victoria, British Columbia boasts the mildest climate in Canada. Victoria receives an average of 2,183 hours of sunshine per year. The average monthly temperature for June 67°F.

1999 Country Club Way • Victoria, British Colum-bia V9B 6R3 • Canada
Phone: (250) 391-7160
Fax: (250) 391-3792
frontdesk@bearmountain.ca

12:00 p.m. Meeting Adjournment

Exhibitors

This year we have the pleasure of welcoming the following exhibitors to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgi-cal 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.

Exhibitors should plan to arrive on or before Satur-day, June 14, 2014 to set up their booths and stay through the end of the meeting, with tear down Wednesday afternoon. Exhibitors and their families are invited to all recreational and social functions for the same fees offered to members.

 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

Victoria, BC

49th ANNUAL RMNS – JUNE 2014

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Opening Reception

Children’s Fun Time

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2013

7:00 – 7:55 a.m. Physician Breakfast

7:00 – 11:00 a.m. Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scientific Session: Trauma

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Western Barbecue and Skeet Shoot

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

7:00 – 7:55 a.m. Physician Breakfast

7:00 – 11:00 a.m. Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scientific Session: Neoplasia

12:30 – 6:00 p.m. Golf Tournament

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. President’s Dinner (executive board and guest speakers)

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

7:00 – 7:55 a.m. Physician Breakfast

7:00 – 11:00 a.m. Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Annual Business Meeting

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scientific Session : Spine

12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Tennis Tournament

6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Annual Award Banquet and Dance

5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Kids’ Party

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

7:00-7:55 a.m. Physician Breakfast

7:00-11:00 a.m. Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Scientific Session: Vascular/Functional

Travel, Lodging, and Registration Information

Because Victoria is on an island, you are going to have to take some other means be-sides just a car to get here. But because there is so much to see in the area, many will want to rent a car to take in all Victoria has to offer. The two most common means are either by plane of ferry.

There are direct flights into Victoria from San Francisco on United and Seattle on Horizon. If you are flying into Vancouver, there is a quick flight in on Air Canada. For added adventure there are seaplane charters out of both Seattle and Vancouver.

The BC Ferry runs from Vancouver to Victoria (actually Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay). It takes just under 2 hours and costs approximately $45.00 for a car and $13.00 per person, see web site www.bcferries.bc.ca for more accurate fare and schedule infor-mation. The Washington State Ferry runs from Seattle to Victoria (actually Anacortes to Sidney) and takes about 2 hours. It cost approximately $55.00 for car and $16.00 per person, see web site www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries for all details.

Options for room accommodations include one bedroom suites and traditional rooms with king, queen or 2 double bed options. Please book accommodations through the RMNS website in order to get the prearranged rates.

Our room block expires May 12, 2014, so please make your arrangements online at our website as soon as possible.

Honorary members and guest speak-ers are not charged registration fees. Fees for social activities will be avail-able to everyone online when regis-tering for the meetingPreferred payment for registration and activities is accepted online with a credit card. Any checks should be made payable to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Soci-ety, and mailed, before arriving at the meeting, to:

Kelly Schmidt M.D., Treasurer, RMNS 1041 Bayhead Ct.
Las Vegas, NV 89138
kellyschmidtmd@yahoo.com

Payments and Dues

Full payment for registration fees is expected by the start of the meeting. You should also make sure your membership dues are current. Refunds of registration fees or social activity fees cannot be honored after May 12th. Please contact Dr. Kelly Schmidt at the aforementioned address if you have any questions regarding the meeting or registration.

Scientific Program Dr. Brad Duhon is this year’s Scientific Program Chairman and is preparing a stimu-lating program. The conference facilities at the hotel will provide the perfect location for the open exchange of ideas and discussion of interesting neurosurgical topics. We are pleased to announce that our president, Dr. Paul Elliott, has selected our two honored guests speakers. We welcome Dr. Sean Grady MD, Charles Harrison Frazier Professor & Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Dr. James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, R.S. McLaughlin Chair in Surgery at the University of Toronto and former President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Scientific Awards

Again this year we will have the Resident Award Competition to entice resident par-ticipation and ongoing meeting attendance. Thanks to our membership participa-tion, awards have been generously increased to $750, $500, $250 for 1st through 3rd place, with $750 travel reimbursement to the first 10 residents registering for our meeting. Do not forget the Eleventh Annual Academy Cup to be presented for the best paper from a practicing neurosurgeon (active or associate member). As in the past, we encourage you to bring interesting or difficult Firing Line cases for presentation and discussion with our distinguished guest professors.

Abstracts

If you missed the deadline, we encourage you to still submit your abstracts online at www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org. We are always looking for interesting talks and this is a great venue to discuss preliminary findings or case studies.

CME

Certification of continuing medical education is under the direction of Dr. Kris Smith and the CME Committee. This activity has been planned and implemented in accord-

ance with the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the AANS and Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, Inc. The AANS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AANS designates this education activity for ap-proximately 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All board members and speakers must complete and submit a disclosure form in keeping with AANS rules and regulations.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee and the Executive Committee are reviewing the following applicants for membership in the Society:

Justin Davis—Overland Park, Co.

Final approval will be determined by a vote of the membership at the annual business meeting. The Society encourages membership applications from those practitioners within our geographic boundaries who specialize in neurosurgery or the allied neuro-sciences. Applications are available through the Secretary of the RMNS (see address below), or from the website (www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org), and we encourage applicants to submit their application six months in advance of the annual meeting to ensure consideration for membership that year.

Other News

Our 50th Anniversary will be next year and hope we will return to our original meeting site in Colorado Springs in 2015. We have a new website, please visit and make com-ments or suggestions. Pay your dues online. We are also updating our membership roster so please review your contact information and submit any address changes.

We look forward to seeing you and your family in Victoria

J. Brett Dietze, MD, FAANS
Secretary, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society
1002 Texas Blvd., Suite 406
Texarkana, TX 75503
Email: secretaryrmns@gmail.com

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