2019 AUPN Fall Chairs Sessions
October 13th - 15th
Marriott St. Louis Grand
St. Louis, MO
Meeting Room: TBD

 

SESSION 1: Difficult Conversations
Sunday, October 13, 2019

Description:
As Neurology Chairs, we frequently need to tell a faculty member, trainee, or staff member that their work is inadequate, that they have done something wrong, or that their services are no longer needed.  We are called on to investigate real or imagined infractions, or mediate between conflicting personnel.  These interactions are collectively known as “Difficult Conversations.” Despite years of medical and research training, we get no training in how to do manage these interactions effectively.  This session will provide guidance from Dr. Henry Kaminski,  a senior Neurology chair who will share what he has learned about how to approach a difficult or contentious topic, how to mediate between warring parties, when to take sides, how to fire an employee, and other challenging topics.    

Suggested Reading:
We recommend several good books on the topic, including “Difficult Conversations” by Douglas Stone and Bruce Patton, and “Crucial Conversations” by  Kerry Patterson et al. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss strategies for conveying unpleasant information without injuring the person or the relationship.
  2. List several approaches to diffuse contentious situations, and describe why it is important to listen to all sides of an argument before making a judgment.
  3. Discuss why honesty and integrity are the most important things you bring to a difficult conversation.  

Speaker:
Henry Kaminski, MD, Georgetown

Moderator:
L. John Greenfield, MD, PhD, UConn Health


SESSION 2: Immigration Law for Neurology Chairs
Monday, October 14, 2019

Description:
Our Neurology workforce depends heavily on the recruitment and retention of physicians from outside the continental US, who train in our residency programs and join our faculties under the auspices of a variety of visa programs.  Understanding how these programs work is vitally important to Chairs who need to navigate the legal, social and financial issues raised by immigration.  Dr. Erica Schuyler, residency program Director at the UConn/Hartford Healthcare program and President-elect of the Consortium of Program Directors, will provide an overview of how the various visa programs, Conrad waivers, and other immigration mechanisms can be used to facilitate recruitment and retention of residents and faculty from abroad.  She will also discuss some of the problems that trainees and new faculty face when integrating into medical and social systems that are often significantly different than the ones in which they were born and raised.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the features of J1, H1B, O1, Conrad waiver, and permanent resident (“Green card”) visas.
  2. Discuss some of the problems faced by foreign physicians as they integrate into the US medical system and society.

Speaker:
Erica Schuyler, MD, UConn Health

Moderator:
L. John Greenfield, MD, PhD, UConn Health


SESSION 3: Philanthropy – Lessons Learned
Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Description:
Our Neurology Departments are increasingly dependent on alternative sources of revenue to support research, education and other “unfunded missions.”   For many, philanthropy plays an increasingly important role in providing such support.  This session will tap the collective wisdom of department chairs who have been successful in obtaining support for their programs through private or public donations.  This session will take a "data blitz" approach to address a variety of questions. How do you identify patients who might have the resources to give to your department?  How have you approached donors, and what strategies do you find successful? Do you have “war stories” of what has or has not worked? How do you use philanthropic contributions to subsidize your clinical, education or research programs? Do you find that your foundation officers are helpful or do they poach prospective donors for other projects? Talks will be 5-7 minutes each, up to 1-3 slides, with one or two main points, and plenty of time for discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe successful approaches to identifying and obtaining philanthropic contributions.
  2. Discuss how to utilize philanthropic donations to protect faculty effort, fund research or education, or other goals.
  3. Describe ways that recruiting donations can improve a department’s involvement in the community.

Speakers:
S. Thomas Carmichael, M.D., Ph.D., UCLA
David G Standaert, MD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
TBD

Moderator:
L. John Greenfield, MD, PhD, UConn Health

 

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