Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows Guide


If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to build your neurology career, then look no further than the 2017 AAN Annual Meeting. Because we want to see you excel, we've worked hard to ensure that the Annual Meeting remains as accessible as possible. Member medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, and PhD candidates all receive significantly reduced rates on our full lineup of educational offerings. 

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Highlights

The meeting's lineup of programs, courses, and events of particular interest to medical students and residents will prove invaluable to helping you establish and grow a successful neurology career.

What's New

Neuroscience in the Clinic Sessions
These new sessions will feature a mix of scientists and clinicians actively engaged in lively case discussions to integrate scientific research with clinical application. Scientists will introduce and provide background on a case, clinicians will apply the case to a patient, and related abstracts will be presented. All will come together for audience Q&A.

Expanded Experiential Learning Areas
Get ready to experience interactive, and totally flexible, new ways of exploring, engaging, and learning, throughout each day of the Annual Meeting. Experiential learning areas will offer a variety of real-world experiences designed to engage you intellectually, emotionally, and socially while serving up fresh ideas to help you personally and professionally.

Exhibit Hall Opening Lunch
A special opening lunch on Sunday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will give you a chance to socialize with fellow attendees and preview the latest products and services available in the neurologic industry.

Added Leadership University Offerings
Explore how to become an emerging female leader in your organization or learn how to lead by example in promoting personal well-being and resiliency with new course offerings from the AAN's suite of Leadership University courses.

Best of Science Sessions

Platform sessions that will bring together the top four abstracts rated the most important research by our reviewers and lead into the daily Plenary Sessions.

Clinical Discussions
Short clinical discussions will give platform sessions a new twist with invited speakers wrapping up the session with clinical application.

Poster Session Neighborhood
No more long aisles or rows, we're clustering topic-related posters together into “neighborhoods” to enhance your discussions and make the posters easier to navigate!

Office of the Future
Located inside the Exhibit Hall, this exciting new area will let you experience how an office of the future will look and operate. Reimagine your exam room with the latest ergonomic equipment and cutting-edge technology that engages your patients and encourages shared decision-making, from teleneurology to office furnishings, and everything in-between! 

Programs of Interest by Day

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

  • Hot Topics Plenary Session
    5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Features translational research related to clinical issues of importance. Four outstanding physician-scientists provide summaries of their recent research findings and describe the clinical implications of the results.
    Lecturers and topics will be identified in February 2017.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

  • Presidential Plenary Session
    9:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
    Features the AAN's premier lecture awards for clinically relevant research and a presentation by a leading lecturer. Top researchers speak on some of the most significant findings in neurology in 2017.

MONDAY, APRIL 24

  • Contemporary Clinical Issues Plenary Session
    9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Highlights issues most critical to practicing neurologists, including abstracts related to new therapeutic developments, clinical applications of basic and translational research, and innovative technical developments. Commentary and discussion follow each presentation.
    Lecturers and topics will be identified in February 2017.


  • Faculty and Trainee Reception
    6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 
    Meet and socialize with your peers, institutions, private practice representatives, and program/fellowship directors to find the residency, fellowship, academic/research position, or private and group practice position that is perfect for you. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 25

  • Clinical Trial Plenary Session
    9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Covers important clinical topics identified from other society meetings that affect patient care. The latest updates on several clinical trials conducted over the course of the last year will be presented with an open panel discussion at the conclusion.
    Lecturers and topics will be identified in February 2017.

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 

  • Frontiers in Neuroscience Plenary Session
    9:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Focuses on translational research related to clinical issues of importance. Six physician scientists outline their recent research findings, along with the clinical implications.
    Lecturers and topics will be identified in February 2017.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

  • Controversies in Neurology Plenary Session
    9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Features experts discussing the most current and controversial issues in neuroscience. It is set up as a debate format in which two speakers argue one side of a single topic, followed by a rebuttal. Each round concludes with a question and answer period.
    Topics and lecturers will be identified in February 2017.

  FRIDAY, APRIL 28

  • Neurology Year in Review Plenary Session
    9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Features six speakers, each focusing on the latest research that has happened in the last year within a specific subspecialty topic. 
    Topics and lecturers will be identified in February 2017.
Programs and Events All Week Long

Experiential Learning Areas
These areas will feature novel ways to connect and thrive. They will be open Saturday through Friday, positioned throughout the convention center, and offer dynamic and interactive learning opportunities designed to continue the learning outside of a traditional classroom. 

  • Navigating Your Career: Choose a Track, Stay on Track, Change Tracks Looking for useful advice for every stage of your career development? One-on-one mentoring and small-group sessions and a lively presentation stage will offer something for everyone: medical students, residents, fellows, junior faculty, senior faculty, and advanced practice providers.
  • Education and Publications Station: Knowledge Is Power Are you up-to-date on the latest news and information in the world of neurology? Explore the AAN's host of top-quality e-learning and other publications offering the very latest science and news in neurology, and valuable CME, like Neurology® journal, Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology®, Neurology Today®, Neurology Now®, NeuroSAE®, NeuroLearnSM, NeuroPISM
  • Maximize Your Value: Improve Your Neurology Practice  Are you employing the best strategies for ensuring the success of your practice? Discover the best business practices for neurology and leave with readily implementable strategies on how to grow and sustain your practice. Get your most pressing questions answered at the daily “Ask the Expert” booth and learn about a variety of topics from quality improvement to demonstrating your value as a neurologist at the presentation stage.
  • Research Corner: Moving Neurology Forward  Do you know how important research is to the future of neurology? See how it's making a significant impact on patient care and everyday neurology, discover new and valuable resources to help you move your research forward, and celebrate and congratulate recipients of the 2017 AAN awards.
  • NEW! HeadTalks Stage Interested in out-of-the-box learning? Engage in creative and provocative presentations on some of the timeliest topics in neurology. These unique talks will follow a wide variety of formats and include everything from the history of neurologic medicine in Boston to live neuro exams, panel discussions with past AAN presidents, and “ask-the-expert” and interactive style sessions that challenge your creativity.
  • NEW! Advocacy to Action: Empowering Patients and Physicians  Did you know you can make an impact on the future of neurology through advocacy? Learn how you can get involved and make your voice heard for you, your patients, and the future of neurology. Get inspired to make a difference when you hear directly from AAN member advocates and AAN advocacy staff on initiatives such as BrainPAC, Neurology on the Hill, and the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum. Get inspired to make a difference!

Neuroscience in the Clinic Sessions
Features a mix of scientists and clinicians actively engaged in lively case discussions to integrate scientific research with clinical application. Scientists will introduce and provide background on a case, clinicians will apply the case to a patient, and related abstracts will be presented. All will come together for audience Q&A.

  • Sunday, April 23
    1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 
    Neurobiology and Treatment of Disorders of Language and Action
    3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

    Child Neurology: Neurologic Disorder Through a Lifespan - A Focus on MS

  • Monday, April 24
    1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Cutting Edge Concussion Data from the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance

  • Tuesday, April 25
    1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 
    Zika Virus: The Global Outbreak of a Neurotropic Virus
      
  • Wednesday, April 26
    1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Stress and Neurologic Diseases: Effects Through the Neuroendocrine System 
    3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

    Functional Recovery in Neurology and Neuroscience

  • Thursday, April 27
    3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Novel Therapeutic Targets in Critical Care Neurology: Intracerebral and Intraventricular Hemorrhage

  • Friday, April 28
    1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Afferent and Efferent Visual Pathway Manifestations of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment 

Neurology Career Center
Even if you are not in the job market, you'll want to visit AAN's Neurology Career Center locations in the Exhibit Hall and North Lobby. Access the AAN's career resources and participate in the Online Job Fair by searching more than 500 available positions.

Create a new job seeker profile or update an existing profile to be entered into a drawing to win $500! Pick up your free gifts including the Career Compass Job Guide, pens, t-shirts, and more (while supplies last). For more information, visit the Career Center.

Exhibit Hall
A unique opportunity to mingle with fellow attendees and preview the latest products and services available in the neurology industry.

  • Sunday, April 23: 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • New! Exhibit Hall Opening Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 24: 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • New! Exhibit Hall Networking Reception: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26: 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Futures in Research Luncheon and Mentoring Sessions
Monday, April 24 - Thursday, April 27

Mentoring sessions for medical students, residents, and fellows in various subspecialty areas. For more information or to sign up, contact Nate Kosher at (612) 928-6088.

Social Events by Day

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

  • Opening Party
    6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Join your friends and colleagues for an exciting evening filled with delicious food, beverages, and entertainment. Each registered meeting attendee will receive one free ticket to these events. Guest tickets are available through registration for $50.
  • Neurobowl®
    6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Former AAN President Thomas R. Swift, MD, FAAN, will host another year of competition by the best and brightest in neurology for the enviable Neurobowl title.
  • Trinity Irish Dance Company
    8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
    Billed as “everything you expect but nothing you imagine,” Trinity Irish Dance Company quickly dispels whatever notions you may have about Irish dance. The company dazzles audiences with hard-driving percussive power, lightning-fast agility, aerial grace, and the awe-inspiring precision of its dancers that led them to win an unprecedented 17 World Championships for the US and appearances in feature films by Disney, DreamWorks, Touchstone, and Universal and on the Tonight Show.
  • Live DJ and Dancing
    9:15 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Get down with friends and colleagues to some of the most memorable dance tunes spanning the past six decades.

MONDAY, APRIL 24

  • Faculty and Trainee Reception
    6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 
    Meet and socialize with your peers, institutions, private practice representatives, and program/fellowship directors to find the residency, fellowship, academic/research position, or private and group practice position that is perfect for you.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25

  • Run/Walk for Brain Research
    6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
    Support research in neurology and join us for a 5k-run or one-mile walk along the stunning Boston waterfront. Both occasional and seasoned runners, as well as walkers, will enjoy this beautiful event for a good cause. All proceeds will go to the American Brain Foundation to help support research. The race is open to all meeting attendees and their families. Water and refreshments will be available following the race. The registration fee is $50. Bus service to and from the race site will be provided. Registration details coming soon. 
  • Commitment to Cures
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

  • Closing Party Happy Hour
    5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Celebrate the end of a great meeting at a special early-evening happy hour event! Enjoy music, drinks, and socializing with colleagues. Each registered meeting attendee will receive one free ticket to this event. Guest tickets are available through registration for $50.

Money-saving Opportunities

The Annual Meeting offers a number of opportunities for medical students and residents to save with big discounts.

Volunteer
  • Education and Scientific Program Monitors
    Monitors are needed for all education program offerings and scientific platform sessions to assist directors, faculty, session co-chairs, and staff as required. The AAN will give discounts to registration fees as well as grant CME credit for the monitored program. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for current Junior and Student AAN members. For an application form or more information, contact Laurie Dixon at (612) 928-6154. 
  • Skills Workshop Volunteers
    Volunteers are needed to participate in the following:
    • Clinical Uses of Botulinum Toxin for Dystonia Workshop on Sunday, April 23
    • Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Skills Workshop on Monday, April 24
    • Neuromuscular Ultrasound Workshop on Tuesday, April 25  
    • EMG Skills Workshop: Basic on Wednesday, April 26
    • Clinical Uses of Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity Workshop on Thursday, April 27

Skills workshop subjects will receive a waived meeting registration and workshop fee as well as payment of $40 per noninvasive session and $60 per invasive session. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for current Junior and Student AAN members. For more information, contact Laurie Dixon at (612) 928-6154. 

Travel and Hotel

Discounted Airline Tickets
ATC Travel Management is the official travel agency for the Annual Meeting. For airline tickets to the Annual Meeting discounted 2-10 percent, contact ATC Travel Management at:

ATC Travel Management
Phone: (800) 458-9383
Email: reservations@atcmeetings.com
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday
(Closed weekends and holidays)

A $33 service fee will be assessed per ticket for reservations made via phone.

Discounted Hotel Rates for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows
The AAN has set aside a limited number of discounted rooms for medical students, residents, and fellows at the Midtown Hotel. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The housing deadline passed on March 8, 2017.

Direct Through Airlines
You may also contact your preferred airline directly. You must reference the AAN Annual Meeting and provide the appropriate airline discount codes listed below.

Delta Airlines
Discount Code: NMMBY
Phone: (800) 328-1111 

United Airlines
Discount Code: ZVM8 820754
Phone: (800) 521-4041

Discounts are subject to availability, book well in advance. Normal mileage and status upgrades apply for all airline programs. A service fee will be charged for reservations made via phone.

Travel Website

Housing Questions and Reservations
Phone US/Canada: (800) 676-4226 
Phone International: (415) 979-2286
Hours: 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. PT, Monday-Friday

Need help? Submit your questions online.

Registration
  • FREE Registration for Medical Students
    Annual Meeting registration is FREE to medical students who present a student ID card or are AAN members. Register online or by phone.
  • Phone: US/Canada (800) 676-4226
    Phone: International (415) 979-2286
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. PT

    Need help? Submit your questions online.
  • Registration Savings Options
    • Annual Meeting Registration*
      Access to most of the Annual Meeting's 230+ education courses, the popular Scientific Program, and much more, with no pre-registration for most individual courses required.
    • Gold Registration
      Upgrade to Gold Registration to receive a copy of Annual Meeting On Demand.

2017 Annual Meeting Fees 

The deadline for early registration passed on March 30, 2017. 

  • Early Registration (Before March 30, 2017)
    Students: $0
    Junior: $245
  • Late Registration (After March 30, 2017)
    Students: $0
    Junior: $335
  • Early Gold Registration (Before March 30, 2017)
    Students: $199
    Junior: $444
  • Late Gold Registration (After March 30, 2017)
    Students: $199
    Junior: $534

*Skills Workshops, Maintenance of Certification Exam Preparation Course, Improving your Leadership Skills: A Practical Approach, Women in Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness for Clerkship and Program Directors Academy, Early Career Research Training Symposium, The Most Important Tool in Your Black Bag: Gallup StrengthsFinder™ Assessment Courses, and Mentoring…Growing the Next Generation of Neurologist are not included in the Annual Meeting registration price. These courses require pre-registration, may have a separate registration fee, and are subject to closure due to reaching maximum capacity.

  • Discounts on Annual Meeting On Demand
    Annual Meeting On Demand is a CME accredited comprehensive digital library with more than 500 hours** of presentations from the 2017 AAN Annual Meeting programs including syllabi from more than 450 presentations. AAN Junior members who pre-order by March 30, 2017, pay only $199 (list price $1,399). 
    • Upgrade your Annual Meeting Registration to Gold Registration to include Annual Meeting On Demand
    • Online access to content within 24 hours of live presentations and streaming content for viewing on iPad® and most mobile devices
    • Companion portable hard drive for offline access (shipped after the meeting)

**Total hours of presentations available subject to speaker permissions.

Syllabi On Demand
All attendees will receive complimentary online access to all Annual Meeting Syllabi for one year. Upgrade to a permanent USB archive for only $29. Order online or by phone at (800) 501-2303.

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I go to the Annual Meeting?

A: Since 1948, the AAN Annual Meeting has celebrated the scientific achievements of neurologists and neuroscience professionals. With more than 13,000 neurology professionals and affiliate members attending, it is the largest international meeting of neurologists and attracts the best and brightest researchers. The Annual Meeting delivers a comprehensive collection of the latest advances in neurology with more than 2,700 platform and poster presentations.

The Annual Meeting is the epicenter of continuing medical education for neurologists, offering more than 240 educational programs. In addition to a wealth of scientific presentations and educational programs, the Annual Meeting offers a variety of original programs to encourage involvement in AAN activities and projects.

Q: How do I register?

A: You can register online before March 30, 2017; after that date, Annual Meeting registration fees will increase. Annual Meeting Registration is FREE to medical students who present a student ID card or are AAN members!

To register contact CMR: 
US/Canada (800) 676-4226
International (415) 979‑2286

Q: How can I find out about events and programs that will be offered at the Annual Meeting?

A: The Early Look provides a description of all events and education programs offered at the Annual Meeting. You can obtain a copy by contacting Member Services at (800) 879-1960 or you can view a copy online.

Q: As a Medical Student or Junior member, what courses are geared towards my career stage?

A: View a full listing of courses offered at the Annual Meeting. From the Annual Meeting Program Search you can select a recommended audience of “Trainee” to find courses geared towards your career stage.

Q: What if I can't find an answer in the meeting program?

A: Before the meeting, you can call Member Services at (800) 879-1960. On-site, questions can be answered in the Annual Meeting Information Booth or Meeting Administration Office in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Q: How do I find rooms and events?

A: The Room Locator (in your on-site materials) lists all events, their location, and includes maps. You can also find rooms and events using the Annual Meeting App.

Q: How do I find the time of an abstract presentation?

A: The Abstract Listing, available in February 2017, will detail all abstracts, including the time and location of their presentation. You can obtain a copy by contacting Member Services at (800) 879-1960.    

Q: How can I earn money as a Skills Workshop volunteer?

A: Volunteers are needed to participate in the Clinical Uses of Botulinum Toxin for Dystonia Workshop on Sunday, April 23, the Neurophysiologic Interoperative Monitoring Skills Workshop on Monday, April 24, the Neuromuscular Ultrasound Skills Workshop on Tuesday, April 25, the EMG Skills Workshop: Basic on Wednesday, April 26 and the Clinical Uses of Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity Workshop on Thursday, April 27.  Skills workshop subjects will receive a waived meeting registration and workshop fee as well as payment of $40 per noninvasive session and $60 per invasive session. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for current Junior and Student AAN members. For more information, contact Laurie Dixon at (612) 928-6154.

Q: How can I save money as a Program Monitor?

A: Monitors are needed for all education program offerings and scientific platform sessions to assist directors, faculty, session co-chairs, and staff as required. The AAN will give discounts to registration fees as well as grant CME credit for the monitored program. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for current Junior and Student AAN members. For an application form or more information, contact Laurie Dixon at (612) 928-6154. 

Q: Where can I go to network with my peers?

A: The Experiential Learning Areas, available all week, will feature novel ways to connect and thrive. In addition, check out the Faculty and Trainee Reception on Monday, April 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Q: How do I find out about the Boards?

A: Visit the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Booth in the Exhibit Hall. View resources online.

Q: How do I find out about Maintenance of Certification (MOC)?

A: Attend the AAN/American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) MOC informational session on Monday, April 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This session is free and open to all registered Annual Meeting attendees, this session provides important information to board-certified neurologists about the requirements for MOC. 

Q: Are there resources at the Annual Meeting for finding a residency, fellowship, academic/research or private and group practice positions?

A: The Faculty and Trainee Reception will be held on Monday, April 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Meet and socialize with your peers, institutions, private practice representatives, and program/fellowship directors to find the residency, fellowship, academic/research position, or private and group practice position that is perfect for you.

Q: I am attending the Annual Meeting for the first time. What recommendations do you have for me?

A: We recommend several excellent opportunities for first-time attendees, including the Annual Meeting Orientation Session. You can also stay in the know by downloading the Annual Meeting mobile app. 

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