Ann Helms New Chair at MCW, Mentor Program, Membership Renewal…

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I am most pleased to welcome Dr. Ann Helms to the AUPN as the newly appointed interim Chair of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Helms completed medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and neurology residency training at the University of Maryland, followed by consecutive fellowships in both vascular neurology and neurocritical care at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Helms has a special interest and extensive experience in medical education and has served as Director of both the preclinical neuroscience course and of the neurology medical student clerkship, as well as Vice Chair of Neurology Education at MCW.  Her research interests include neuroethics and brain death, women’s issues in stroke, and innovative approaches to neurology education. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Helms and welcoming her to the AUPN.

The AUPN Mentorship Program is designed to help assure the success of new or recently appointed Chairs by pairing them with mentor chairs (with 3 or more years’ experience).  The nature of the mentoring relationship (frequency and type of meetings, duration, etc.) is flexible and defined by each pair.  This program has proven very successful, and we are at the time of year when we seek interested mentors and potential mentees.  I have done this for several years and find it both enjoyable and rewarding. A follow up email with further information and a link to sign up will be sent within the coming days. 

As a member of the AUPN, you are both supporting and benefiting from our many initiatives to advance academic leadership in neurology.  This year has been a particularly active one for our organization, marked by a number of new and exciting initiatives. Our AUPN Leading Edge Podcast and AUPN Leadership Minute segments premiered and have been very well received; the next episode of the Leadership Minute (“Teaching Millennials”) is coming soon.  Our very first virtual fall AUPN Chairs’ Programs had record attendance, and the first virtual AUPN-ANA Career Fair was also very successful.  All previous Leading Edge and Leadership Minute segments are now available on the AUPN Website, and our previous fall and spring programs are also available there and have now been catalogued by topic for easy reference.  Also on the website is the AUPN Member Directory of Chairs, Program, Clerkship and VA Directors, keeping you connected with the leaders of academic neurology, and the AUPN Job Board which lists open chair and other academic positions.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing support, and please plan to renew your membership for the coming year when you receive your renewal notice later this month.

We also again ask that all Chairs take 5 minutes to complete this institutional profile form by November 15th. As we near the end of the calendar year, we would like to ensure our records are up to date to ensure that all Chairs and Directors get the most out of their institutional memberships. Should you have any questions or need assistance with the update, please email

Clifton L. Gooch, MD
AUPN President

Today’s Resource Links

AUPN’s Leadership Minute #2: Dealing with Difficult Faculty Members
Dr. David Gordon, Chair of Neurology at the University of Oklahoma, provides an excellent and very concise overview of how to approach disruptive faculty, and details a sequential framework for handling them if initial interventions fail to correct their behaviors (moderated by Dr. Mohammed Alvi, Director of the Stroke Center at West Virginia University).

AUPN Programs
Previous meeting programs include many topics focused on Chair leadership issues. Click on the category on the right hand side of the page to view presentations.

AUPN’s Leading Edge Podcast (Free)
AUPN’s Leading Edge focuses on issues of interest and practical use to Neurology Department Chairs, and will be freely available on Apple’s iTunes, Spotify and Google.

AUPN Academic Neurology Leadership Job Board (Free for Members)
If you have a current job posting, please complete the Job Listing Form and submit with a Word Document of the complete job listing to the AUPN Executive Office at  While we highlight open Chair positions, any academic neurology position may be posted.  The Job Board is on the AUPN Home page as an easily accessible drop-down menu here:  AUPN website home page and here: AUPN LinkedIn page. 

Open Neurology Leadership Positions:

Case Western Reserve University SOM: Professor & Chair - Dept. of Neurology
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: Professor & Chair - Dept. of Neurology
University of Washington: Professor & Chair - Department of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh: Professor & Chair - Department of Neurology

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