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Residents and Fellows Update: Aloha SCCM By Lauren Koffman From Jan. 21-25, 2017, the Honolulu Convention Center was descended upon by thousands of intensivists, practitioners and allied health professionals for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Annual Congress Meeting. Members of the Neurocritical Care Society had quite a presence throughout the meeting with representation in the research snapshot theaters, lectures and workshops. Various sessions covered a spectrum of neurologic topics for a wide range of audience members. There were “Neuroscience in Review” sessions to cover highlights in the field and literature for the year, discussions on management of neurologic conditions, and stroke lectures that spanned from genetics to endovascular management. One highly attended informative and entertaining was session, “Should the Neurosurgeon Take My Patient to the Operating Room?” with presentations by former NCS President Claude Hemphill III, Joshua M. Levine and Shelly D. Timmons. A variety of pre- and post-conference workshops were available to attendees, of which NCS hosted a SCCM Post-Congress ENLS for those that were looking to gain more experience in managing acute neurologic and neurosurgical emergencies. SCCM was also a great venue to listen to the leading experts in pulmonology and critical care medicine. Popular sessions included advanced rescue maneuvers for the management of severe ARDS and the International Guidelines for the Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock in Adults. As a neurology trained fellow, these lectures helped enhance my knowledge base in managing severe non-neurologic complications we often seen in the neuro ICU. The critical care ultrasound workshop not only reviewed echocardiography, but techniques for incorporating ultrasound into procedures, which is a great supplement to procedural skills gained in training. If you missed this workshop, keep an eye out for the NCS ultrasound workup at the annual meeting. Aside from the lectures and presentations, many met with former colleagues and mentors, a golden opportunity for soon-to-be graduating fellows to network. Another bonus, registration is waived for trainees that present at the meeting. As they say in Hawaii, “A hui hou kakou,” on the Big Island Oct. 10-13, 2017 for the NCS 15th Annual Meeting. Visitors will want to visit Volcanoes National Park, go for a hike in the rainforest, or snorkel and dive with the ocean wild life. The Big Island is only a quick flight away from Oahu, so don’t forget to consider exploring more of the Hawaiian Islands! The view of Diamond Head and Waikiki from the top of Koko Crater climb. NCS women participation: Sherry Chou, Nerissa Ko, Gretchen Brophy, Asma Moheet, Aarti Sarwal 25


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