Educational Sessions

2016 Annual Meeting Educational Sessions

The AANEM Annual Meeting is the premier educational event for those involved in neuromuscular (NM) and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine. The top-notch educational content offered will include topics such as:

  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine in Challenging Circumstances,
  • Neurogenetics of Neuromuscular Disease,
  • Diagnostic Insights and Therapeutic Advances
  • And much more.

Earn continuing education credits through interactive workshops, lively discussions, and engaging sessions. See the registration brochure for session details.

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Plenary: Insight and Innovation in Neuromuscular Medicine

Speakers include: 

  • William Pease, MD
  • Vern Juel, MD
  • Plenary Lecture: John Kissel, MD, "Emerging Gene Therapies in Neuromuscular Disease:  SMA as Prototype"
  • Edward H. Lambert Lecture: Ted Burns, MD, “Measurement of NM Diseases in the Clinic Setting”
  • Richard K. Olney Lecture: Merit Cudkowicz, MD, "Developing Multidisciplinary Clinics for Neuromuscular Care and Research"
  • Plenary Lecture: Pushpa Narayanaswami, MD, "Evidence Based Guidelines vs. Consensus Guidance Statements: Comrades or Foes?"
  • Stuart Reiner Lecture: Jay J Han, MD, "Innovative Technology for Patients with NM Disorders: Towards Improving Upper Extremity Function"
  • Plenary Lecture: Kevin A. Schulman, MD, MBA, "The Economics of Specialty Pharmaceuticals"

More information about the Plenary Sessions

Overview of Session Types


Included in General Meeting Registration:

Plenary Sessions

The plenary are keynote sessions intended for a large audience which address the focused meeting topic, this year "Insight and Innovation in Neuromuscular Medicine". Plenaries begin on Wednesday afternoon, followed by morning plenaries each remaining day of the conference. Each plenary session will also include an award ceremony honoring a variety of designees.


Courses are designed for a larger audience and often include presentations with video and multimedia. They will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

SIGs vary in size depending on interest in the particular topic. They will be held on Wednesday through Saturday.


Symposia sessions vary in size and focus on cutting edge and current topics in NM and EDX medicine. 

Abstract Poster Sessions

Posters of medical research abstracts chosen for the 2016 AANEM Annual Meeting will be displayed in the Hall of Research from Wednesday morning through Friday evening. Abstract poster authors will also be available to discuss their research on Thursday and Friday after the Plenary.

New this year: Abstract Award Recipients for the Golseth Young Investigator, Best Abstract, Best Abstract Runners-Up and the President’s Research Award will present their industry-leading research and be available for discussion at the Abstract Award Winners' Reception on Thursday evening.

Ask the Expert Sessions

Ask the Expert sessions allow you to pose questions to experts in the field and discuss them with a small group of up to 30 or more participants. They are held on Thursday and Friday mornings. New this year: Ask the Experts sessions are now included in your registration fee. Please register for these sessions to help us with room setup. No breakfast will be provided - be sure to come early and bring your coffee (limited seating available.)


Elective sessions - Require advance registration and require a fee in addition to general meeting registration


Small Group Demonstrations

These sessions are demonstrations, similar to workshops, but are meant for approximately 25-50 attendees.


Workshops are small group sessions (6-10 participants) designed for hands-on learning and led by an expert in the field. Typically, there is a subject that workshop participants gather around while the expert teaches a technique or concept. Workshops are held throughout the day on Wednesday and Saturday.


Self-Assessment Courses - Incuded in general meeting registration


Earn Additional CME and SA Credit by Completing One of the Designated Meeting Self-Assessment Courses

Four courses at the 2016 Annual Meeting will be designed to offer Part II Self-Assessment (SA) credit towards maintenance of Certification (MOC). These opportunities are included free of cost with your general meeting registration.

Completion of a pre- and post-test in addition to course attendance will be required to obtain full SA credit. Do not record CME separately for the course you attend; this CME count will be included in the total activity CME once the post-test is completed. Only one self-assessment course may be attended per day. AANEM will report completion of each SA activity to ABPN and ABPMR.

2016 Self-Assessment Courses:
  1. NM Topics in Sports Medicine – Wed, 9/14 8 am-12 pm
  2. The Approach to the Pediatric Patient with NM Disorders – Wed, 9/14 8 am-12 pm
  3. EDX and Ultrasound of Focal Neuropathies – Thurs, 9/15 1:30 pm-5:30 pm
  4. Principles of NCS and Needle EMG – Thurs, 9/15 1:30 pm-5:30 pm
All four courses are eligible for 9 Self-Assessment CME—that’s an opportunity to earn SA credit and an additional 12 CME on top of your general meeting registration.

Pre-test surveys will be available August 15, 2016.


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