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Thirteenth Time is the Charm: NCS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona By Ed Manno, MD, FNCS Please save the date for the 13th Neurocritical The social events, as always, should be quite fun and will refl ect Care Society Annual Meeting to be held in the locale. We will have the fun run again and will have our Scottsdale, Arizona on October 7-10, 2015. banquet in the desert where we will learn to rope cattle, stargaze with a planetarium-level telescope, and handle six shooters with a Our inaugural meeting was held in Phoenix quick draw competition (Don’t worry, just blanks). At our resort, and, thus, this is a bit of a homecoming for Mike Souter – our local Scottsman – will be leading a Scotch the society. The theme of the meeting will tasting evening session. refl ect this homecoming and will be “Back to the Future.” Many of the talks will refl ect The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa is a wonderful facility what we have accomplished in our fi rst 13 featuring several golf courses, pools, and beautiful grounds. The years and what we can hope to accomplish in the future. dress for the meeting will be resort casual (no ties) so bring your The format of the meeting is taking shape nicely. We received a summer dress, golf outfi ts, bathing suits, and sandals. We are lot of feedback suggesting the meeting was too long last year and, going to try to schedule as many activities outside as we can. thus, we have shortened it to three days. Do not be distressed We have the resort at discounted rates for both the weekend before as we will have a pre-meeting day that will include our Practice and after our meeting so come early and/or stay late to enjoy the Update session led by Dave Greer, ENLS recertifi cation, and a facilities and weather. The resort is kid friendly so it also can be a return of our future leaders and research mentorship sessions. fantastic family adventure. This year, we will also have a post-meeting day that will include Last year’s meeting was a huge success and I am quite confi dent an ENLS train-the-trainer session and a golf tournament so we can that this year’s meeting will sustain our continued growth as we enjoy the weather and activities that Scottsdale has to offer. Kevin refl ect on our past and look forward to our future. Come join us Sheth is supervising our Translational Science session and will be for what promises to be our best meeting ever! focusing on coma diagnosis and stimulation. We hope to have the Ed Manno, MD is the current NCS Vice President and President-Elect. world’s leaders in this fi eld for a fascinating discussion. He is also chair of the NCS Annual Meeting Planning Committee. He Josh Goldstein is chairing our Workshop Committee. We have is a neurointensivist at the Cleveland Clinic and an invited guest writer limited our workshops to twelve this year and have added an for Currents. advanced practice provider workshop and a neuroendovascular workshop. The program for speakers is still shaping up but we just announced our keynote speaker, Dr. Alfredo Quinones, a Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon with a truly inspirational life story. Continued from page 3 the executive staff, and 3) what are the ideal qualities of the offi cers and board members. The results are very helpful in focusing the immediate direction we need to take in the development of the NCS leadership. Based on this survey, we have created a draft of the specifi c roles of offi cers and board members that is now undergoing review. Once approved, we will post this on the NCS website. In the last Board of Directors meeting, it was suggested that we undertake a similar survey of the entire society so we have a better grasp of how our members understand the roles and the processes of the NCS. We are preparing this member survey and hope that each NCS member will participate actively. It is important that members know when the key meetings occur. All of the key meetings happen on Tuesday afternoons (3 PM Eastern time). During the fi rst Tuesday of each month, members of the Executive Committee meet to discuss and decide on key issues that affect the NCS. But every three months, the fi rst Tuesday of the month is the time that the entire NCS Board of Directors meets to discuss the business of NCS. All four quarterly meetings are done via conference call. In addition, an in-person meeting is held during the Annual Meeting. On the third Tuesday of each month, all the chairs of NCS committees meet to discuss ongoing projects and coordinate these activities across the entire society. The offi cers meet to discuss the day-to-day matters that affect the society every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. All these meetings are undertaken with active participation of the executive offi ce staff. Furthermore, committees have regularly-scheduled monthly meetings to work on specifi c projects as identifi ed in the strategic plan. Key initiatives: After the recent strategic meeting in Phoenix earlier this year, the NCS leadership decided to formally embark on a project called “Fund a Fellow,” a fund raising drive to support the NCS annual research fellowship grant. The chairs of the “Fund a Fellow” campaign are Claude Hemphill and Arash Afshinnik. Details of this initiative will be forthcoming shortly. Strengthening our journal: In an editorial published in Neurocritical Care on December 25, 2014, Editor-in-Chief Eelco Wijdicks called on all NCS members to have a more direct hand in the growth of our journal by directly submitting high quality scholarly works to Neurocritical Care. Dr. Wijdicks said, “We have to continue to increase the quality of the Journal and our rejection rate is currently at 70% as a result of fi ltering out papers that have jumped through many hoops before. It is often obvious that some authors consider Neurocritical Care as the very last option. This should not be. Bluntly put, we are not interested in a bottom drawer paper. We have evolved from an ‘easy to get in’ journal to an ‘I’m glad I got in’ journal.” It is widely acknowledged that key drivers of the scientifi c advancement of neurocritical care are members of our society. I call on all NCS members to su bmit our best scientifi c works to our own journal. 4


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