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NCS Currents June 2016

Highlights from the NCS Annual Meeting Schedule By Michel Torbey, MD, FNCS Spectacular and inviting, Gaylord National Resort features 2,000 guest rooms, including 110 suites that offer the ultimate in luxurious accommodations at our resort near DC and in the heart of National Harbor’s Entertainment District. The 14th NCS Annual Meeting will be held September 15-18, 2016. The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD is a spectacular waterfront resort with a stunning 19-story glass atrium and sweeping views of the Potomac River. This year’s meeting is one month earlier than normal, and preparations are underway to provide an exciting multidisciplinary program. In 2003, the NCS held its first Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Last year, we considered where it all began, choosing the theme “Back to the Future.” Now, we look towards the future of the NCS and what that means for us all. With this year’s theme “Together We Move Forward,” the meeting will not only focus on the traditional scientific and clinical content but also on professional development and team building strategies. This year’s program will encompass four full days of meetings including a full day on Sunday and two pre-meeting days. On Wednesday, September 14, we will be conducting our first full day Transcranial Doppler (TCD) course. This course will allow registrants to not only review the basic and clinical application of TCD, but to acquire the number of cases needed to sit for neurosonology TCD certification. On Thursday, September 15, we have a full day planned with four tracks for members to choose from: 1) the media training workshop will provide a solid education in crucial media concepts to help attendees become comfortable discussing complicated medical concepts with media outlets; 2) the career research development session will work with pre-selected junior NCS members on developing their academic skills; 3) the future leaders session will provide our junior members with opportunities to work as a group to enhance their leadership skills; and 4) the day-long practice update will focus this year on updates in the field. The evening will conclude with a welcome reception to formally kick off the meeting. On Friday, September 16, we start bright and early with our third annual NCS Fun Run! This year, based on member recommendations, we have moved the workshops to the morning. The opening day will be packed with two new workshops: 1) difficult airways and ventilator management, and 2) essentials of running a Neuro ICU. We will also have our business meeting, presidential address, and the ever popular member submitted session. We will end the day in the exhibit hall for oral presentations followed by a poster reception. On Saturday, September 17, we will start the day with our highly attended Translational Science Symposium featuring keynote speaker Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Director of the NINDS. At the end of the symposium, the top five rated abstracts will be presented as oral abstracts. In the afternoon, we will not only reveal the ATACH 2 trial results but also facilitate a panel discussion on the implications of those results on our clinical practice in the Neurocritical care unit. This will be followed by our society keynote address by Dr. Shari Ling, CMS Deputy Chief Medical Officer. We will end the day in the exhibit hall for oral presentations followed by a poster reception. On Sunday, September 18, we will kick off the day with our breakfast corners followed by five workshops. This year, we will feature a new workshop, “Professionalism and Leadership,” that will focus on building your skills in personal and team development. Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) certification and recertification will be offered in the afternoon, along with sessions on engaging topics such as “How to Build a Dream Team” and Guidelines. 4


NCS Currents June 2016
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