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NCS Currents June 2016

Quarterly News Magazine of the Neurocritical Care Society June, 2016 Volume 11 - Number 2 Editor-in-Chief Matthew Koenig, MD Honolulu, HI Editorial Board Romergryko Geocadin, MD Baltimore, MD Robert Kowalski, MD Denver, CO Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD New York, NY Aimee Aysenne, MD New Orleans, LA Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MD Stanford, CA JoAnn Taie Minneapolis, MN Audrey Paulson, DNP San Jose, CA Kimberly Levasseur-Franklin, PharmD New Haven, CT Jose Suarez, MD Houston, TX Michael Rubin, MD Dallas, TX Tamer Abdelhak, MD Springfield, IL Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN Chicago, IL Saef Izzy, MD Boston, MA Note From the Editor Colleagues: I want to welcome you to the 2016 summer issue of Currents, the official quarterly news magazine of the NCS. It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown by since the last NCS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale but the Fourteenth Annual Meeting is right around the corner. This year, the Annual Meeting will be taking place several weeks earlier than previous years, September 15-18 in National Harbor, Maryland just outside of Washington DC. Accordingly, this issue of Currents contains the first detailed announcements of the Annual Meeting program, keynote speakers, courses, and pre-meeting sessions. Check out Michel Torbey’s article in this issue for all of the details. As Chair of the Communications Committee, I hope by now that every member has had the chance to log on to the brand new NCS website. The first time you log on, you will be prompted to update your membership information and make some choices about how you engage with the society. We are still working out a few little kinks here and there but the new website and membership directory is a tremendous upgrade from our previous iterations. One of the main advantages of the new website is that it allows the Executive Office to track member activity through robust links to the membership directory. This allows members to keep track of their interactions with the society – when dues were paid, which meetings you attended, whether you are up to date on ENLS, which courses and podcasts you completed, which committees you belong to, etc. In order for these functions to work, though, members have to keep their profiles up to date and log in every time you visit the website. Logging in also gives the NCS analytics data on which parts of the website get the most traffic and interest. All of this helps us keep the website fresh and useful for the membership. We are in the process of beta testing two additional modules of the website that will be launching soon, the forums section and the survey function. The forums act as a communication tool for committees and among different member types, like nurses, pharmacists, and trainees. Upon logging in to the website, members will have access only to forums for committees they belong to or to appropriate member type-specific forums. In addition, there will be some general and topic-specific forums for all NCS members. These are envisioned to become a safe place to discuss different management strategies in Neurocritical care amongst colleagues – for example, multimodality monitoring and targeted temperature management. We are in the process of figuring out the rules regarding archiving and moderating these forums as well as a few work flow issues, but expect to hear more about the forums soon. After the forums launch in earnest, the next website module with be the survey function. Although we have not really started working on the survey function in earnest, the concept will be to create something similar to Survey Monkey whereby NCS members can be polled about issues like salary and practice environment, management strategies, and adoption of therapies. I hope you enjoy this issue. As always, if you have suggestions on improving Currents or want to contribute, please email me at mkoenig95@gmail.com. I’m also on the lookout for future Currents cover artwork, so send me artwork that you would like to see proudly displayed on an upcoming issue. On the Cover: The cover art for this issue was submitted by longtime Currents editor Bob Kowalski, MD. Bob’s background as a journalist proved invaluable when we first developed Currents 11 years ago and he actually did the layout and copyediting of Currents himself during our formative years. Bob is now working on his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Colorado. The cover photo was taken of his son fly fishing in Onahu Creek in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Cheers, Matthew Koenig, MD, FNCS Editor-in-Chief 2


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