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NCS Resident and Fellow Task Force By Jennifer Kim, MD, PhD and Anand Venkatraman, MD The Resident and Fellow Task Force (RFTF) This session will be followed by various table topics in which at- was started by the NCS in Fall of 2015 with tendees can rotate between addressing more specific areas such as the enthusiastic support of Immediate Past- applying to fellowship, job negotiations, and integrating research President, Romer Geocadin, MD and current or education into a career path. We will also be hosting an infor- President, Ed Manno, MD. The task force mal gathering with Matthew Maas, MD on Monday, April 18 and was created to achieve two goals – first, to Wednesday, April 20 for those AAN attendees who are unable to engage trainees in the society’s activities and join the luncheon due to scheduling conflicts. second, to increase the events, resources and mentorship available to those at the begin- After the AAN events, we will be turning our focus on the 2016 Jennifer Kim, ning stages of their careers. NCS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, to develop a leadership MD, PhD program curriculum with the help of Lori Shutter, MD and Romer Thirty applications for the task force were Geocadin. received and twelve members were selected based on their interests, qualifications, train- We are also developing a mentorship program, with the assistance ing level, and geographic diversity. As dis- of Sherry Chou, MD and Matthew Maas, with the goal of provid- cussed in the Fellow’s Corner of the last issue ing mentoring opportunities to trainees by members of the NCS. of Currents, our first meeting was held at the We will be sending out short tailored surveys to faculty, fellows, 2015 NCS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ari- and residents to gauge interest and gather ideas regarding format. zona, where we established our goals for the year. The task force, chaired by Jennifer Kim, The Outreach Subcommittee is targeted towards increasing aware- MD, PhD of Massachusetts General Hospital, ness of the field among residents and fellows of all eligible train- Anand is divided into three different subcommittees ing pathways. For this purpose, we developed an outreach flyer Venkatraman, MD on Education, Mentoring, and Outreach. to publicize neurocritical care, the NCS, and the RFTF. We will be working with the NCS on contributing to staffing the booths The Education Subcommittee is tasked with overseeing all the they plan to host at multiple national meetings such as the SCCM, activities of the task force aimed at increasing educational and where we can introduce interested candidates to neurocritical care. publishing opportunities for trainees within the NCS. To this end, with the support of Eelco Wijdicks, MD, we have developed a new We will also be working closely with Sarah Livesay, DNP, co-chair journal article category specifically for residents and fellows. This of the NCS Advocacy Committee, to explore other ways in which section will be titled “A Day in the Life of a Neurocritical Care we can help reach a broader network of trainees and attract them Trainee,” with submissions reporting the clinical decision making to neurocritical care. Furthermore, we are looking into ways to processes of unique or difficult patient cases encountered in the collaborate with the NCS Program Accreditation, Physician Certifi- Neuro ICU. cation & Fellowship Training (PACT) Committee to come out with a fellowship FAQ for applicants to publish on the NCS website, All submissions can be made directly to the Neurocritical Care along with a comprehensive list of fellowship programs. journal, with further author information available on the journal’s website. We have published an advertisement on the NCS website, Our task force has received significant guidance and mentor- in the February issue of the Neurocritical Care journal, and in this ship from the NCS leadership and Executive Committee and issue of Currents. We highly encourage all neurointensivists to we thank them for their dedication to our initiatives. We have support trainees in submitting articles for this new section. several exciting new plans in the pipeline and we hope to work with other committees as well as established neurointensivists We are also at the beginning stages of developing new board re- as we try to grow. view resources with Mike Brogan, MD to enhance the preparation materials available to members taking the board exam, such as a If you are a trainee interested in working with the Resident and question bank. Fellow Task Force, please contact ncs.rftf@gmail.com. We look forward to your questions, emails, and comments! The Mentoring Subcommittee aims to link residents and fellows with an interest in Neuro ICU training to experts in the field for career advice and more. With the help of Romer Geocadin, MD, we will be hosting a joint NCS-American Academy of Neurology (AAN) mentorship luncheon on Thursday, April 21 at noon at the 2016 AAN Annual Meeting in Vancouver. 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