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New NCS Committee on Program Accreditation, Physician Certifi cation & Fellowship Training—PACT By David McDonagh, MD Romer Geocadin, NCS Past-President, Our new committee met for the fi rst time in Scottsdale at the asked me earlier this year to formally NCS Annual Meeting in October 2015. We have set an agenda organize a committee to focus on for the upcoming year and will do our best to stay on track. Our issues related to fellowship training and top priority over the next 12 months is to work to improve the physician certifi cation. We decided to visibility and access to information about Neurocritical Care call this new committee NCS PACT (NCS Fellowship Training, especially for non-neurology applicants. Committee on Program Accreditation, Enhancing the section on fellowship training on our society Physician Certifi cation & website will be integral to this goal and the website will be Fellowship Training—PACT). undergoing a planned overhaul in the spring of 2016. To give you some background, I have had the opportunity and Jennifer Kim, Chief Resident in Neurology at Massachusetts privilege for many years now to serve as the point person for the General Hospital, has formed an NCS Resident Fellow Task Neurocritical Care Fellowship Directors across the United States. Force, at the request of NCS Past-President Romer Geocadin and I also organized the yearly Fellowship Directors’ Corner at the current NCS President Ed Manno. This task force will be in open Annual Meeting. I am proud to say that our group of fellowship communication with the NCS PACT Committee so we can work in directors, with the extraordinary support of senior leaders in the a collaborative fashion. society such as Wade Smith and our Past Presidents (Tom Bleck, Michael Diringer, Cherylee Chang, Stephan Mayer, Gene Sung, The second NCS PACT initiative that I want to share with the and Claude Hemphill), accomplished some signifi cant tasks. society membership is a comprehensive survey on the ‘state of the fi eld.’ This will be distributed to neurocritical care We entered the San Francisco Match, and proceeded to charm, program directors in early 2016 to get up to date information coerce, and cajole our more reluctant colleagues into joining on institutional training requirements, rotations, procedural the fray. Subsequently, at the behest of our fellows, we adopted competencies, and funding mechanisms. These data will be a the Central Application Service (via SF Match) to streamline the critical foundation on which to base decisions regarding future application process. We kept (and still keep) the communication directions in neurocritical care training. lines open with group e-mails to the fellowship directors –from anyone in the group – when a question or issue arises. This Please feel free to e-mail me at david.mcdonagh@utsouthwestern. forum has been used to compare institutional policies, funding edu with any questions or ideas. mechanisms for fellowships, and a number of other topics. David McDonagh, MD is Vice Chair for Clinical Neurosciences in Moving forward, NCS PACT will tackle issues of concern the Department of Anesthesiology and Director of the Division of relating to: 1) training of neurocritical care fellows, including Neurological Anesthesiology at Zale Lipshy University Hospital at UT curriculum & procedural competencies; 2) issues related to the Southwestern. He is chair of the PACT Committee and an invited guest yearly fellowship application and matching system (i.e., the San writer for Currents. Francisco Match & Central Application Service); 3) accreditation of fellowship programs; and 4) initial and ongoing maintenance of certifi cation in Neurocritical Care for individual physicians. I will serve as the inaugural committee chair, and the committee will consist of the following members: Anise Ardelt, Raj Dhar, Stephen Figueroa, Anna Finley, M. Luke James, Avi Kumar, Nerissa Ko, Matthew Maas, Bart Nathan, Kristy O’Phelan, Adrian Puttgen, and Krishna Rajajee. Please note that NCS-PACT member Matthew Maas, with the help of Mona Kumar, now leads the Fellowship Directors’ Corner at the Annual Meeting and the group e-mail forum remains alive and well. 4


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