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?
April 7 Course Director invitation response deadline; Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure due Complete Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure form in the Speaker Management system - if you have not received the link to complete the form, email
April 20 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.
June 23 Revised course agendas due, per feedback from Course & CME Committee, where applicable Email revised agenda to
June 30 Speaker invitations sent out from ACNS office  
July 10 Speaker acceptance, COI disclosure due  
Augutst 10 Directors monitor speaker task progress in speaker management site Log-in information for Champion task sent separately. Contact if you have not received log-in information.
September 15 Presentation abstracts due from speakers reporting COI Click HERE  to upload abstract to session management site.
October 1 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.
October 15-18, 2020 Fall Courses See “Onsite Logistics” section of Course Director Handbook below.


A Preliminary Agenda for the 2020 Fall Courses will be available in June.

Course Director Handbook

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


Speaker Compensation has been determined by ACNS policy as follows for the Fall Courses. Course Directors are responsible for ensuring that the agenda they have proposed adheres to the following policies:

Travel & Housing
Travel and housing expenses will be reimbursed as follows:

  • Coach airfare up to $750; No upgrades or change fees
  • One checked bag
  • Taxi, mileage at the IRS rate for personal travel; No car rental
  • Two nights hotel at hotel contract rate; No upgrades
  • Per diem at IRS rate for the meeting city

Course Directors and speakers will be registered for their respective course(s) at no cost.

Speaker Incentive

Speakers are expected to comply with deadlines set forth in their speaking invitations as follows:
Speakers who do not submit their presentations by the deadlines outlined in their speaker invitation are no longer eligible to receive an honorarium.

  • 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: June 25, 2020