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Note From the Editor Colleagues: Quarterly News Magazine I want to welcome you to the first issue of Currents in 2015, the official of the informative news articles and features that I am certain will be enjoyed byquarterly news magazine of the NCS. This issue contains a number of really Neurocritical Care Society NCS members. During my tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Currents, I have envisioned this quarterly publication to function as a true news magazine. In fact, one March, 2015 newsletter to a news magazine. News magazines function in a very specific from aCurrentsof the first actions I initiated was to change the title of Volume 10 - Number 1 role within an ever-growing assortment of media options. They are well suited to investigative news items that require greater depth than email blasts, internet postings, and other media. Magazine articles collect an assortment of opinions, data, and positions in a manner that is Editor-in-Chief informative but also distinct from scientific inquiry. Matthew Koenig, MD This issue of Currents contains two good examples of investigative news features that will be Honolulu, HI informative for readers. In both cases, the authors started with a simple practice-related question and surveyed the membership to obtain a range of different answers. Editorial Board In the first article, Saef Izzy, editor of the Fellowship Section, queried current neurocritical care fellows across the country regarding their exposure to research projects, protected time for Romergryko Geocadin, MD research, and access to mentors. Although the article reports a range of responses, it also clearly Baltimore, MD draws attention to specific areas in which current fellows are unsatisfied – a lack of protected, non-clinical time for research and a paucity of research mentors during fellowship. Wendy Wright, MD Atlanta, GA In the second article, Cynthia Bautista and JJ Baumann surveyed Neuro ICUs across the country about their processes for training new neurocritical care nurses during the on-boarding process Robert Kowalski, MD before they were considered ready for independent practice. The range of experience and Denver, CO education required before a nurse becomes a “neuro nurse” is eye opening and, I think, should call for some thoughtful discussion about what the standard should be. JoAnn Taie In addition to Currents, I also want to keep NCS members informed about the other media- Minneapolis, MN related activities of the NCS Communications Committee. One of the main goals of the committee has been to improve the NCS website. With that goal in mind, committee members Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD and the NCS executive office recently evaluated applications for a new Association Management Boston, MA Software and Content Management System. After sending out a Request for Proposal, the J.J. Baumann, RN committee reviewed proposals from eight different vendors. Committee members then ranked Stanford, CA each of the proposals to narrow the field down to three potential vendors. Over the next few months, the Communications Committee along with the NCS officers will Kimberly Levasseur-Franklin, review product demonstrations from the three finalist vendors and choose the best fit for the PharmD needs of the society. Changing to a new vendor will likely include improvements to the content New Haven, CT and look of the website, improved internet security features, and – probably most importantly – an overhaul of our member database, which has been an Achilles heel for the society. Stay tuned Katja Wartenberg, MD for these exciting changes. Halle, Germany I also want to draw attention to the launch of the first NCS Twitter journal club. This new Gretchen Brophy, MD bi-monthly event was produced by the Communications Committee, mainly through the Columbus, OH leadership of Aarti Sarwal and Abhay Kumar. Check out their article in this issue of Currents. The Twitter journal club will be occurring every other month to coincide with the publication Fred Rincon, MD of the Neurocritical Care journal. Each journal club will feature an article from the most recent Philadelphia, PA issue of Neurocritical Care and will allow for an open discussion between one of the authors, NCS members and the public, and a moderator from the Communications Committee all via Tamer Abdelhak, MD 140-character tweets. The first journal club was a big success and the second one will be on April Springfield, IL 14 at 7 PM EST. I hope you enjoy this issue. As always, if you have suggestions on improving Currents or want Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN to contribute, please email me at mkoenig95@gmail.com. I’m also on the lookout for future Chicago, IL Currents cover artwork, so send me artwork that you would like to see proudly displayed on an Eelco Wijdicks, MD, PhD upcoming issue. Rochester, MN On the Cover: The cover art for this issue was taken by the editor of the Fellowship Section of Currents, Saef Izzy, MD. Saef is also a hard working member of the NCS Communications Saef Izzy, MD Committee and one of the co-producers of the new neurocritical care fellowship road map on the Boston, MA NCS website, as described in this issue of Currents. Saef is currently a neurocritical care fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. His photo was taken during a recent blizzard in Boston which dumped about three feet of snow on the city. Cheers, Matthew Koenig, MD, FNCS Editor-in-Chief 2


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