Nancy L. Sicotte, MD, Named Chair at Cedars‐Sinai Medical Center & ACGME Approves Subspecialty Training in NCC

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From the President of the AUPN

After a comprehensive national search, Nancy L. Sicotte, MD, was named Chair of the Department of Neurology at Cedars‐Sinai Medical Center effective May 15th, 2019.

Dr. Sicotte will be named the Women's Guild Distinguished Chair in Neurology and maintain her roles as Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program and Professor of Neurology.

Dr. Sicotte is an internationally recognized leader in her field and a prolific author and lecturer, having presented at dozens of conferences and seminars in the U.S. and abroad. The recipient of important honors and teaching awards, her research has focused on developing informative imaging outcome measures of novel therapies as well as measures of disease progression, depression and cognitive dysfunction in multiple sclerosis. She is board‐certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Sicotte has been instrumental in establishing important education programs for residents and fellows at Cedars‐Sinai. She was Founding Director of the Neurology Residency Program and the Neuroimmunology Fellowship Program as well as Founding Site Director of the Medical Student Neurology Clerkship.

In her role as Chair, Dr. Sicotte will lead strategic direction of clinical, operational, academic and research programs in the Department of Neurology. She will focus on attracting, mentoring and promoting translational and clinical neuroscientists while supporting excellence in education, research and patient care. She will lead the delivery of high‐quality patient care within the Department of Neurology and work collaboratively with other departments and service lines to integrate and coordinate services across Cedars‐Sinai.

Dr. Sicotte earned her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, where she was ranked first in her class. She completed her Neurology residency and a fellowship in Neuroimaging at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. She recently joined the National Medical Advisory Board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and has been a volunteer physician at the Venice Family Clinic for two decades.

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Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sicotte in her new role.

ACGME Approves Subspecialty Training in Neurocritical Care

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved the ABPN’s proposal to accredit fellowship programs in the new subspecialty of Neurocritical Care at a February 2019 meeting.

The medical specialty of Neurocritical Care (NCC) is devoted to the comprehensive multisystem care of the critically ill patient with neurological diseases and conditions.

Eligible pathway criteria is available on the ABPN website and the first administration of the exam will be in 2021. In order to obtain ABPN certification in NCC, an eligible physician must sit for and pass the ABPN NCC examination regardless of past/other certifications in NCC.

There will be a 6-year practice pathway for neurologists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, and emergency medicine physicians who are certified in Neurocritical Care by the UCNS or CAST, have completed a “fellowship” in Neurocritical Care (UCNS, CAST, or other non-accredited fellowship), or who document required practice experiences. The practice pathway will start at the time the first exam is offered.

The subspecialty certificate will be administered by the ABPN but also offered to eligible diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

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Robin Brey, MD
AUPN President 

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