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NCS Currents June 2016

NCS Resident and Fellow Task Force Debuts at American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting By Winnie Lau, MD and Deepa Malaiyandi, MD The NCS Resident and Fellow Taskforce made a strong and welcome debut at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).  The taskforce aims to provide outreach, mentorship, and educational resources to trainees interested in neurocritical Care. We held a total of four events that fostered informal interaction and networking with others interested in the field as well as a number of faculty neurointensivists. At the Trainee Reception, taskforce chair Jennifer Kim, MD, PhD and member Winnie Lau, MD represented the taskforce with a poster presentation introducing prospective members to the goals of the taskforce as well as to the benefits of membership in the NCS.  The poster drew interest from medical students, residents, fellows, and attendings – a great kick off for the weeks’ events. Winnie Lau, MD During the week, two smaller group sessions were held under the “Navigating Your Career” platform of the AAN, with a focus for those interested in choosing a neurocritical care career.  These sessions allowed for questions and answers, as well as more personal mentorship with leaders in the field. We want to recognize Dr. Matthew Maas from Northwestern University and Dr. Aarti Sarwal from Wake Forest University who led these sessions, and contributed their knowledge and experience. They shared with us how they chose their careers and gave useful insight into the different structures and fellowship opportunities in neurocritical care. We were also very fortunate to have the participation of many residents and fellows of the taskforce, including Winnie Lau, MD, Jonathan Kleinman, MD, Deepa Malaiyandi, MD, David Lin, MD, and Saef Izzy, MD.  Their perspectives added to the robust availability of mentorship at the event. We closed out the final day of conference with a luncheon and panel session organized by taskforce chair Jennifer Kim, MD, PhD and member Deepa Malaiyandi, MD at the Harbourfront Hotel. The speakers were Tom Bleck, MD from Rush Univeristy, Ruchira Jha, MD from University of Pittsburgh, and Jeff Fletcher, MD from Bronson Healthcare. They spoke to a group of approximately 20 trainees about their experiences choosing careers in academia, research, and private practice. The panel was followed by lunch and coffee with the speakers in smaller groups for questions and answers and practical advice about job availability, interviewing, and guidance on signing contracts in your early career. Our welcome reception at the AAN and successful turnout is encouragement that there are numerous trainees that would welcome further opportunities to meet and network with others in the field.  This is perhaps highlighted best by one aspiring neurointensivist who, through connections at the AAN meeting, was able to set up a Neuro ICU visiting elective and later told us, “ I do really appreciate the mentoring system of the NCS Resident and Fellow Task Force.  This rotation will be a great opportunity for me to learn about neurocritical care.” The taskforce is excited to take this momentum and hold similar events at other conferences, and of course we plan to see you in Boston at 2017 AAN Annual Meeting! Deepa Malaiyandi, MD is currently a senior neurocritical care fellow at the University of Pittsburgh following neurology training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and looking forward to starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX in July. Winnie Lau, MD is currently Chief Neurology Resident at Stanford University and is starting neurocritical care fellowship in July. They are invited guest writers for Currents. Deepa Malaiyandi, MD Residents and fellows at the AAN Annual Meeting 17


NCS Currents June 2016
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