Purpose: The Goals of the North American Skull Base Society are to promote dissemination of information about diseases involving the skull base, including the anatomy, physiology, pathology, and clinical management, in order to facilitate coordinated excellence in the delivery of care to patients, and to promote advancement of the scientific basis for treatment of patients with skull base disorders.
Content Areas: The content areas focus on the development, validation and dissemination of basic scientific information and clinical application of evidence-based approaches useful to specialists in the care of diseases of the skull base, and to provide broader distribution of this information among the various scientific disciplines caring for patients with skull base diseases. We encourage the application of these advances and encourage efforts to stimulate further interest in skull base diseases.
Target Audience: Our participants are physicians with sub-specialty interest in the diseases of the skull base, particularly neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons, and plastic surgeons, as well as ophthalmologists, radiologists, pathologists, rehabilitation specialists, medical and radiation oncologists, and others with interest in diseases involving the cranial base. Physicians within the North American continent are particularly targeted, but the Society is also open to participation from qualified international members from around the world.
Types of Activities: The primary activity for the NASBS is its Annual Meeting. This meeting is held annually, either in the late winter or early spring, at locations chosen by the executive leadership for access, facilities and the ability to support the educational program. In addition, a Practical Course in Skull Base Anatomy and Surgery has been a prominent addition to the educational mission since 1995. This Practical Course, which now includes both Traditional and Endoscopic Surgical techniques, now takes place every summer.
Expected Results: NASBS Activities are expected to improve the competence (knowledge and skills) of members and attendees in the following ways:
- Effectively disseminate evidence-based scientific advances and relate them to new and evolving standards of care.
- Create opportunities for members and others to share aggregate outcomes data as one of the measures for effective educational interventions and also as a source of identification of professional practice gaps for future planning.
- Highlight emerging outcomes data in skull base pathology and science.