Most of you are familiar with the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS). The UCNS was founded as an incubator for developing neurological subspecialties, to give them a path to certification as they were developing, but before they achieved sufficient momentum to qualify for certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Over the years, the UCNS has been very successful in this regard. The committees of the UCNS are composed of representatives from the major neurological organizations, including the AUPN, ANA, and AAN, and we are now calling for a volunteer to serve as the delegate from the AUPN to the UCNS Certification Council (UCNS Certification Council Member Job Description). The delegate will serve a three-year term from March 1, 2021 - April 30, 2024. If you are interested in serving, please send an email expressing your interest and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, February 7. We thank Dr. Matt Fink, who has just completed his term as our delegate; he did an outstanding job.
As we enter 2021, we are excited to introduce yet another new feature for AUPN members, our virtual AUPN Winter Program series. These programs will be held on Friday afternoons at 3 PM EST from Jan through Feb 2021. Registration is free for AUPN members.
The first two sessions are focused on Neurology Residency Training and include the Joint Chair & Program Director’s Forum (Jan 22) and the Program Director’s Workshop (Jan 29). The Forum will include discussion of funding challenges in resident and fellow education, the emerging role of philanthropy in neurology education, and the new world of virtual platforms in both neurology education and recruitment, while the Workshop will tackle what has now become a chronic and epidemic issue throughout medicine, but most especially for neurology: faculty and trainee burnout, reviewing the definition, signs and symptoms of burnout and its drivers, as well as strategies for prevention, mitigation and treatment.
The Clerkship Director’s Workshop (Jan 29th) focuses on the radical changes to undergraduate medical education wrought by the COVID pandemic and how the landscape of medical education may have been permanently altered. This workshop will explore which types of teaching are best suited to virtual vs. in-person learning, best practices for virtual assessment of medical students, and the concepts of synchronous vs. asynchronous learning.
Finally, we will be presenting a stand-alone session on a topic highly relevant to us all, and more challenging then ever during these unprecedented times: faculty recruitment. The Academic Recruitment Workshop will include a presentation of the current state of academic neurology recruitment in the U.S., strategies of enhancing diversity through recruitment in the current competitive environment, and the pros and cons of virtual recruitment. We are partnering with the national recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins for this program, and look forward to their insights, as well as those of our participating faculty.
This month’s episode of AUPN’s Leadership Minute focuses on How to Design a Faculty Retreat and is presented by Dr. Steven Vernino, Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas, Southwestern and moderated by Dr. Alissa Willis, Chair of Neurology at the University of Mississippi.
We appreciate everyone who has already renewed their AUPN membership for 2021. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to renew at the below link.
Clifton L. Gooch, MD
Today’s Resource Links
Renew your AUPN Membership for 2021
Go to www.aupn.org and click on Pay Dues at the top of the page. Log into your account. If you have forgotten your username, please email email@example.com. If you have forgotten your password, please reset it. Do not create a new profile. Follow the directions to pay dues. If you wish to pay with a check, simply print a copy of the invoice and return by mail. AUPN does not accept ACH payments. Access our 2020 W-9
AUPN Fall Chairs Session Videos
How to Get More Medical Students to Choose Neurology as a Career
How to Foster the Development of Junior Faculty
Managing Up and Down: Getting What You Need from Your Faculty and Your Dean
Upcoming AUPN Virtual Winter Programs (Free for AUPN Members)
These programs will be held on consecutive Friday afternoons at 3 PM EST from Jan to Feb 2021. The programs include: Joint Chair & Program Director’s Forum (Jan 22); Program Director’s Workshop (Jan 29); Clerkship Director’s Workshop (Feb 5); Special Program: Recruiting Academic Neurology Faculty (Feb 12). Register: https://www.aupn.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3963
AUPN’s Leadership Minute #5: How to Design a Faculty Retreat