Goodman Step One: Live Stream

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The Goodman Step One: Live Stream is the critical first step in being ready for the ABNS Oral Board Exam. When you participate in this one-day online course, you gain a deep understanding of how to approach the oral boards – from learning about the case submission and application process to viewing live mock exams.

Intended to be taken before applying for the exam and submitting case samples, the course gives you a deep understanding of the oral boards with:

  • Faculty-submitted case presentations
  • Attendee-submitted case presentations*
  • Subspecialty mock exams
  • Live Q&A with mock examiners
  • Pre-recorded overview of the exam format and case submission process
  • 9.25 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™

Begin your preparation for the ABNS Oral Board Exam with this live streamed event on May 3, 2019, at 10 am-8:30 pm EST.



AANS Member$599

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Articulate the format of the ABNS oral board exam.
  • Identify areas of future study and preparation techniques for success on the ABNS oral board exam.
  • Familiarize yourself with the ABNS case submission process.
  • Recognize how cases are potentially selected and defended from submitted case section.    


Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD, FAANS
Wissam Asfahani, MD, FAANS
Eric M. Deshaies, MD, FAANS
Raqeeb M. Haque, MD, FAANS
David W. Herzig, MD, FAANS
Reza J. Karimi, MD, FAANS
Robert M. Starke, MD

Faculty Subject to change. 

Planning Committee

Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD, FAANS

*Mock exams use sample cases have not been submitted to or selected by the ABNS. The Goodman Step One: Live Stream is not affiliated with the ABNS in any way. Participating is not a requirement for submitting cases or taking the Oral Board Exam. The AANS encourages you to explore all of the available information concerning the Oral Board exam to make the best choice for your preparation.

Watch A Sample Case Presentation

Watch a sample board-style case presentation.

Disclosure Information

The AANS controls the content and production of this CME activity and attempt to ensure the presentation of balanced, objective information.  In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support established by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers, paper presenters/authors and staff (and the significant others of those mentioned) are asked to disclosed any relationship they or their co-authors have with commercial interests which may be relate to the content of their lecture.

The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.  Relationship refers to receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by research grant, receiving honoraria for education service elsewhere, or any other relationship to a commercial interest that provides sufficient reason for disclosure.

It is the policy of the AANS that all individuals in a position to affect the content of a CME activity disclose relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial entities.  Further, should any such relationship be determined to be in possible conflict of interest as it relates to the individual’s proposed role in the CME activity, such conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to confirmation of the individual’s participation.

All potential conflicts of interest have been reviewed by an effective peer review committee to ensure the content is valid and aligned with the interest of the activity audience.

Speakers, paper presenters/authors and staff (and the significant others of those mentioned) who have disclosed a relationship with commercial interests whose products may have a relevance to their presentation are listed below.

Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD, FAANSDepartment of DefenseGrants Research Support

Those who have reported they do not have any relationships with commercial interests:

Raqeeb M. Haque, MD, FAANS

David W. Herzig, MD, FAANS

Samantha Luebbering


The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the grant provider or the AANS. This educational activity does not endorse one particular type of instrumentation, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. It presents one of numerous recognized methods of clinical practice for consideration by physicians for incorporation into their practices. Variations of practice taking into account the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitations unique to the institution or type of practice may be appropriate. Disclosure about patient confidentiality, standards of care, or course of management does not imply endorsement or disapproval of products.

Please Note: It is recognized that the use of non-FDA approved devices is described in some of the published material, but these techniques are often the standard of care and may be of value to the patients we serve.

Accreditation Designation

The AANS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AANS designates this Other activity (recorded lecture and live stream blended format) for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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Pre-Course Videos
Exam Overview
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD, FAANS
Case Submission Overview
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Robert M. Starke, MD, FAANS
Mock Cases
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD, FAANS Robert M. Starke, MD, FAANS
Live Stream Event
CME Evaluation
9 Questions
9 Questions Course Evaluation
CME Certificate
9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM credits  |  Certificate available
9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM credits  |  Certificate available