New Tulane Chair; AUPN Elections; Spring Sessions; Faculty Morale….

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Please join me in welcoming Demetrius Maraganore, MD, to the AUPN. Dr. Maraganore is the Herbert J. Harvey, Jr. Chair in Neurosciences, and Chair of the Department of Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine.  Dr. Maraganore received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees at Northwestern University, followed by residency in Neurology at Mayo Clinic, and a research fellowship under Dr. David Marsden at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.  Prior to becoming Chair at Tulane, he served first as the Chair of Neurology at the NorthShore University Health system, then as the B.J. and Eve Wilder Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease at the University of Florida, as well as the founder and Director of the UF Brain Health Program.  Dr. Maraganore’s research and clinical focus is on successful brain aging and on strategies to prevent age-related cognitive decline and dementia.  At Tulane, he also co-directs the Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences and has launched the Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative.

Elections for our new AUPN Councilors and Officers are still open, but will close tomorrow, March 28th.  You should have already received an email from the AUPN, listing the slate of candidates with a link to cast your ballot. Chairs, if you have not already done so, please remember to vote!

After a very successful series of Winter Programs, the AUPN 2021 virtual Spring Sessions are coming soon.  The New Chairs Mentoring Session is on May 7th, from 3 to 5 PM EST, and will include presentations and round table discussions focused on advice for new neurology chairs (0-3 years).  This session is an opportunity for our new chairs to learn from the rest of our experienced AUPN chair members during the round table, and all are encouraged to attend. 

The AUPN Spring Chairs Program, “Challenges & Opportunities in Neurology Education in the Virtual Era”, is on May 14th, also from 3 to 5 PM EST.  This session will be moderated by Dr. David Standaert, Chair of Neurology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.  For more information about these programs, see the below Resource Links, or visit the AUPN Website and the “Future Programs” tab. Registration is complimentary for AUPN members, but is required to attend.

This month’s Leadership Minute focuses on a topic which is always important, but which has been particularly challenging during this past COVID year:  How to Maintain Faculty Morale. Justin McArthur, Director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology provides helpful tips for keeping up faculty morale during difficult times. Dr. Donald Higgins moderates this segment, which offers a glimpse into how Dr. McArthur keeps his own faculty, staff, and residents engaged and informed.

As of this issue of the newsletter, we are adding an Upcoming Events section (below our Resource Links section), due to our unprecedented number of new programs, to make it easier for you to quickly review and plan for forthcoming AUPN events.

Clifton Gooch, MD
AUPN President

Today’s Resource Links

AUPN’s Leadership Minute #7: How to Maintain Faculty Morale.

Past AUPN Leadership Minutes

Renew your AUPN Membership for 2021
Go to and click on Pay Dues at the top of the page. Log into your account. If you have forgotten your username, please email 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

ANA 2021 Call for Abstracts
The ANA2021 Call for Abstracts is now open! To access the submission site 
click here. The deadline to have your work considered for presentation at this meeting is March 31st. All accepted works will be published in the Annals of Neurology.

Upcoming Events

AUPN Virtual Spring Sessions (Free for Members, BUT REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

New Chairs Mentoring Session, Friday, May 7, 2pm - 4pm CST / 3pm - 5pm EST
Moderated by Dr. Clifton Gooch, and featuring Dr. Barbara Vickrey, the AUPN's Annual New Chairs Mentoring Session will be held virtually this year. This is an opportunity for experienced mentor Chairs (3+ years’ experience) to meet with new Chairs (0-3 years’ experience) and advise and help with the transition into their new role.

Spring Chairs Session: Challenges & Opportunities in Neurology Education in the Virtual Era, Friday, May 14, 2pm - 4pm CST / 3pm - 5pm EST
Moderated by Dr. David Standaert with speakers, Dr. Kimberly Jones, Dr. Andrew R. Spector, Dr. Khurram Bashir, this session cover the impacts of virtual learning and consider how we can carry lessons learned forward into a post-COVID era.

AUPN Summer Virtual Session

Women in Leadership: Neurology Chairs
Program details and registration information coming soon.



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