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3rd Annual Mayo Clinic Advances and Innovations in Complex Neuroscience Patient Care: Brain and Spine 2020

Sedona, AZ US
February 26, 2020 to February 29, 2020

Course Director:  Bernard Bendok, M.D.
Associate Director:  Joseph Sirven, M.D.                                
Co-Course Directors: Chandan Krishna, M.D.Maciej Mrugala, M.D., Ph.D.Alyx Porter, M.D.


The Enchantment Resort Group Room Block is Sold Out. Please see LOCATION tab for a discounted room block at the Courtyard by Marriott Sedona. 

Learn more about what this course and the workshops have to offer: 


Brain & Spine:

  • Multidisciplinary team approach of modern care for patients who suffer from challenging clinical neuroscience problems.
  • This course provides neuroscience care team members the latest advances and innovations in complex brain, spinal and peripheral nerve disorders including brain and skull base tumors, neurovascular diseases including complex arteriovenous malformations, spinal disorders including scoliosis, acute stroke, epilepsy, and other exciting and important neuroscience frontiers. 
  • The format will be case-based, with simulation demonstrations, panel discussions and hands-on workshops. 
  • The latest in procedural neuroscience technologies will be showcased.

Advanced Practice Provider Pre-Course:

  • Provides the physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and other advanced practice providers with a diverse learning approach to the neurosciences. 
  • Wide variety of neurosurgical topics, including pain and stress management. 
  • Engaging faculty bring forth a level of excitement that will make the learning experience rewarding.

Also provided are optional workshops, designed to provide participants with a hands-on experience in neuroscience cutting edge procedures.

Pre-registration required for General Session, Hands-on Sessions and Advanced Practice Provider Hands-on Workshop.  Workshop space is limited; early registration is advised.

General Session - February 27-29, 2020Register on or Before 1/26/2020Register after 1/26/2020
M.D., D.O., Scientist$600$675
NP, PA,  Resident, Fellow, Allied Health Professional, Retiree$450$525

Welcome Reception and early Registration - Feb 26
Additional Adult $50
Additional Child $25

Attendee and one Guest Included

Thursday Dinner Presentation - Feb 27
Additional Adult $100
Additional Child $50

Attendee and one Guest Included
Workshops  Note some of these workshops are concurrent
(separate registration required)
Pre-Course Workshop: 
Advanced Practice Provider (NP/PA) Hands-on Workshop:
Neurosurgery Brain and Spine Concepts 
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hands-on Bypass Workshop – Session I
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hands-on Bypass Workshop – Session II
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm 
Optional Embolectomy and Intracranial Stenting Workshop
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Optional Image Guided Surgery Workshop
(Included in registration fee, separate registration required)
No Credit
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm

No Charge

Advanced Practice Provider Hands-on Workshop:  Neurosurgery Brain and Spine Concepts  (Separate Registration Required)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:30 am - 5:00 pm   
5.5 CME credit hours 
The purpose of this course is to provide the physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and other advanced practice providers with a diverse learning approach to the neurosciences.  It covers a wide variety of neurosurgical topics and also includes pain management and stress management.  The course features an exciting lineup of passionate and engaging speakers to give attendees a rewarding, learning experience.

Hands-on Bypass Workshop  (Separate Registration Required)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Session I: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Session II: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

2.0 CME credit hours
Bypass - Microvascular anastomosis is one of the most complex and technically challenging surgical procedures. It demands high levels of manual dexterity, fine motor skill, hand-eye coordination, as well as respect and safe manipulation of the tissue to avoid damage to the fragile endothelium and the entire vessel wall. In addition, improved proficiency in microanastomosis has been shown to translate to other microsurgical skills. With the decrease and dilution of the surgical volumes amongst increasing numbers of tertiary medical centers, as well as work hour limitations there is concern for a loss of proficiency among graduating neurosurgical trainees and practicing neurosurgeons alike. In this unique hands-on course, you will have the opportunity to complete an end-to-end anastomosis under the microscope using the same tools available in the operating room. You will also be graded on a validated scale (NOMAT) and given direct feedback on your skill and the areas of deficiency in your technique.

Embolectomy and Intracranial Stenting Workshop  (Separate Registration Required)
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:45 pm - 4:00 pm
3.0 CME credit hours
Embolectomy - Ever since the publication of the 3 positive trials (MR-CLEAN, ESCAPE, EXTEND-IA, REVASCAT and SWIFT-PRIME) in 2015, mechanical thrombectomy has become a gold standard in stroke care. This has led to the development of multiple clot retrieval devices. In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn about these devices, their design, their limitations, and their specific characteristics. You will also get to test your skills in deploying them and attempt to retrieve a clot in a hands-on model. This will allow you to understand the different available tools, the pros and cons of each, and compare them side by side. You will also be graded on a Likert-scale and given direct feedback in order to determine your proficiency and improve your deficiency in these procedures. 
Intracranial Stenting - Endovascular aneurysm treatment has witnessed a large expansion in the last decade. Multiple new devices have become available in the last few years making it difficult for trainees and neurointerventionalists alike to maintain a level of proficiency in all devices. In this course, you will learn about all intracranial stents for aneurysm treatment, including flow diverters. During the hands-on session you will be able to deploy all stents and understand their mechanics, their design, their specific characteristics, their differences and their specific indications. You will also be graded on a Likert-scale in order to determine and improve your proficiency.

Image Guided Surgery Workshop:    (Separate Registration Required)
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm
No CME credit hours
• Image Guidance
• Fluorescence
• Virtual and Augmented Reality
• Robotics and Spinal Surgery

Exhibitor Opportunities
This course offers the unique opportunity for commercial companies to interact with health care providers and highlight their products and services. If you are interested in exhibiting at this course, please complete Exhibit Documents and submit to Kristy Badder.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians practicing in neurology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, medical oncology and primary care, as well as advanced practice nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others interested in the neurosciences.

Learning Objectives

Brain & Spine

  • Summarize the latest approaches pertaining to minimally invasive intracerebral hemorrhage treatment and acute ischemic stroke management
  • Review up-to-date multimodal management of brain arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas and aneurysms
  • Identify modern indications for pediatric and adult scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Demonstrate modern multimodal management of skull base tumors and brain tumors

Advanced Practice Provider

  • Explore neurosurgical subspecialties and their disease processes. 
  • Practice performing minor invasive procedures common to neurosurgery. 
  • Identify the importance of advanced practice provider as part of the multidisciplinary neurosurgical team.

Attendance at this Mayo Clinic course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 24.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 24.25 AOA Category 2-A
  • 24.25 Attendance
Event starts: 
02/26/2020 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
02/29/2020 - 2:00pm
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Enchantment Resort
525 Boynton Canyon
Sedona, AZ 86336
United States
+1 (855) 421-1088


The Enchantment Resort Group Room Block is Sold Out.  
We apologize, but due to high interest in the Mayo Clinic Brain & Spine course, the group room block has already sold out at The Enchantment Resort, Sedona. For your consideration, listed below are additional hotel options.

A limited number of rooms are available now through February 14, 2020 or until the room block quickly fills, at a discounted group rate of $219.00 at:  

Courtyard by Marriott Sedona   

4105 W State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 325-0055

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 13.3%).  
The Courtyard by Marriott Sedona is located 6.4 miles (15 minutes) from the conference. 

Book your group rate for Mayo Clinic at the Courtyard by Marriott Sedona
This reservation link works for the dates of February 25 to March 1, 2020

​​​​​​If you wish to extend your dates either prior to or after the group room block, please make your reservations for the dates of the contracted dates, then send the confirmation number and the additional dates you would like to 
Mr. Conklin with then alter your dates if rooms are available, and forward a new confirmation number when completed. 

Lodging arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

Alternative Hotel Accommodations
For your consideration, listed below is an additional option.  Please contact the hotel for rates and availability.

HotelDistance to Enchantment
Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
2250  W State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 641-6523
Approximately 6.3 miles, 
or 15 minutes

Lodging arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.


Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) 

To move around Sedona and surrounding areas, a vehicle is recommended.

Ground Transportation
Hertz is offering a reduced daily rate for course registrants. Visit Hertz online and enter discount code CV03NR0015. Special rates include unlimited mileage and are subject to availability. Advance reservations are recommended; blackout dates may apply.

Shuttle Service: Ace Xpress offers door-to-door transportation from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (or a Sky Harbor Airport hotel) to the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. You must make your reservation at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival in Phoenix. This is not a direct shuttle.

Additional Information 
Telephone: (800) 336-ACEX ext. 2239 (toll-free) or (928) 649-2720
Click here for online reservation requests

Travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

Go to Visit Sedona or Sedona.Net for additional recreation and leisure activities.

Course Director
Bernard R. Bendok, M.D.

Associate Director:
Joseph I. Sirven, M.D.

Course Co-Directors:
Chandan Krishna, M.D. 
Maciej M. Mrugala, M.D., Ph.D. 
Alyx B. Porter, M.D.

APP Pre-course Course Co-Directors: 
Orland K. Boucher, PA-C 
Alexandra (Lexy) E. Richards, DNP, FNP-BC

Special Guest Faculty
Ramiro Del Valle, M.D.
Médica Sur
Mexico City, Mexico

Walter Stummer, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Department of Neurosurgery of the University Hospital Münster
Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Alejandro Zavala, M.D.
Médica Sur
Mexico City, Mexico

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Faculty – Phoenix, Arizona
P. David Adelson, M.D.
Judson W. Karlen, M.D.
Gregory R. White, M.D.

Mayo Clinic Faculty 

Marie D. Acierno, M.D.
Christopher H. Bailey, M.D.
Sara M. Batson, CNIM R. EEG / EP T. CLTM
Patrick B. Bolton, M.D.
Amy Z. Crepeau, M.D. 
Kara L. Curley, P.A.-C.
Arthur “Jason” De Luigi, D.O., M.H.A.
Bart M. Demaerschalk, M.D.
Radhika Dhamija, M.B.B.S.
Joseph B. Farnsworth, P.A.-C.
John A. Freeman, D.O.
Marie F. Grill, M.D.
Allyson E. Hamacher, P.A.-C.
Sarah Oakley Holbert, C.C.C.-A
Leland S. Hu, M.D.
Maziyar A. Kalani, M.D.
Sameer R. Keole, M.D.
Pelagia E. Kouloumberis, M.D.
Devyani Lal, M.D.
Mark K. Lyons, M.D.
Maria D. Mangione, Psy.D.
Michael J. Marino, M.D.
Jamal McClendon, Jr., M.D.
Shyamal H. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D.
Iryna M. Muzyka, M.D.
Katherine H. Noe, M.D., Ph.D.
Shelley S. Noland, M.D. 
Devi P. Patra, M.B.B.S.
Alyx B. Porter, M.D.
Rudy Rahme, M.D.
Kara A. Sands, M.D.
Nora J. Schaefer, R.N., C.N.R.N.
Ayan Sen, M.D.
Robert J. Spinner, M.D. 
Rabih G. Tawk, M.D.
Cynthia O. Townsend, Ph.D., L.P.
Vanesa K. Vanderhye, M.S.N., R.N.
Sujay A. Vora, M.D.
Peter A. Weisskopf, M.D.
Michael D. Whitaker, M.D.
JoDee A. Winter, P.A.-C., MSPAS
Jonathan J. Wood
Richard S. Zimmerman, M.D.

Mayo Clinic Adjunct Faculty

Karl R. Abi-Aad, M.D. 
Lynda M. Christel
Ryan A. Hess
Brian D. Kalen
Cynthia K. Kocinski
Christian J. Manly
Eric S. Radcliffe, M.B.A.
Arjun Syal
Evelyn L. Turcotte
Matthew Welz

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (15.75 general session; 5.50 APP workshop; 2.0 Bypass workshop; 3.00 Embolectomy and Intracranial Stenting workshop). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Breakdown:
General Session
Thursday: 4.50
Friday:  5.75
Saturday:  5.50
General Session Total:  15.75

Optional Session Credit Breakdown:
Wednesday: Advanced Practice Provider Hands-on Workshop: 5.5
Wednesday: Bypass Workshop (Session I or Session II):  2.0
Thursday:     Embolectomy and Intracranial Stenting Workshop: 3.0
Friday:          Image Guided Surgery Workshop  0.0 

This program has been accredited by the American Osteopathic Association for 24.25 credits of AOA Category 2-A.

Other healthcare professionals
A certificate of attendance will be provided to other healthcare professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations.

For disclosure information regarding Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development accreditation review committee member(s) and staff, please go here to review disclosures.

Available Credit

  • 24.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 24.25 AOA Category 2-A
  • 24.25 Attendance
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