Course Director Resource Page

Timeline at-a-Glance
For a complete timeline of Course Director and Speaker requirements, click HERE.

Date Deadline Great! So, what should I do?
January 24 Course Director invitation response deadline; Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure due Email completed Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure form to
April 1 Draft course agendas (including speaker names, presentation titles and scheduling) due to Course and CME Committee Chairs for review, approval Email draft agenda to

Note: Course Co-Directors should not yet personally invite speakers at this point. Upon approval of the course agenda by the Course and CME Committees, the ACNS Executive Office will send official speaker invitations.
April 15 Revised course agendas due, per feedback from Course & CME Committee, where applicable Email revised agenda to
July 10 Speaker acceptance, COI disclosure due  
August 31 Presentation abstracts due from speakers reporting COI Click HERE  to upload abstract to session management site.
September 6 Presentation slides due from ALL speakers – for both CME Committee review when COI is reported, AND for inclusion in online course syllabus Click HERE  to upload slides to session management site.
August Housing Request due  
September 21-22 Fall Courses – JW Marriott Buckhead See “Onsite Logistics” section of Course Director Handbook below.


To view a complete Preliminary Agenda for the 2019 Fall Courses, Click HERE.

Course Director Handbook

  • Program Planning
    • Gap Analysis and Needs Assessment
    • Course Agenda
    • Speaker & Topic Selection
    • Timelines
    • Slide Review
  • Budget
    • Speaker Incentive
    • Travel & Housing
    • Registration
  • Onsite Logistics
    • Course Moderation
    • Audience Participation


  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure
  • Speaker Incentive *New in 2019*

      Speakers are expected to comply with deadlines set forth in their speaking invitations as follows:

    • Acceptance of speaking invitation                                                   Within 2 weeks of receipt of invitation
    • Completion of COI Disclosure Form                                                  Within 3 weeks of receipt of invitation
    • Submission of presentation abstract                                               30 days prior to the meeting
    • Submission of presentation slides

      • Fall and Annual Course speakers - Slides required for online handouts website, CME review, speaker ready room.
        • Speakers disclosing COI                                   3 weeks prior to the meeting {no changes permitted thereafter}
        • Speakers disclosing “no relationships”           2 weeks prior to the meeting {changes permitted in speaker read room}
    • Speakers who successfully meet all deadlines set forth in their invitations (within a reasonable grace period allowed) are eligible for the “deadline incentive” detailed in the ACNS Speaker Compensation Policy.


      Speakers in ACNS educational activities are expected to comply with all ACCME and ACNS policies and standards related to independence of education from commercial influence.

      Speakers found to be in violation of any policy or standard shall:

    • Upon first offense – Receive a warning letter, explaining the violation and future action if repeated;
    • Upon second offense – Receive a one-year suspension from speaking in all ACNS educational activities; and
    • Upon a third offense – Receive a multi-year suspension from speaking in all ACNS educational activities.

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Last updated: October 7, 2019