New Chair at Beth Israel Deaconess, Recruiting Med Students into Neurology, New Chair Openingsā€¦

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Please join me in welcoming Seward Rutkove, MD to the AUPN as the recently named Chair of Neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Dr. Rutkove completed his undergraduate education at Cornell, followed by medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He then completed training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, and in Neurology at the Harvard Longwood Program, followed by a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Beth Israel, after which he was recruited to the faculty there, rising to become Professor of Neurology at Harvard and Chief of Neuromuscular Medicine at Beth Israel.  Dr. Rutkove is an international leader in the development of novel neurophysiological, ultrasound and other technologies for the assessment and investigation of the neuromuscular system in health and disease.  He has received funding from the NIH, NASA and numerous foundations, and was the winner of the prestigious Prize4Life national grant competition for biomarker development, for his foundational work in impedance electromyography as an assessment tool in ALS clinical trials.

This month’s Leadership Minute focuses on a topic critical to the future survival of our field:  Engaging Medical Students in Neurology and recruiting them for the next generation of neurologists.  Given its importance, we will be devoting two Leadership Minute segments to this critical topic, both of which will be presented this month.  Part I is moderated by Dr. Rohit Das and features Dr. Bob Pascuzzi, the long-serving chair at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Dr. Pascuzzi is an award-winning medical educator, who has devoted much of his career to medical student education in neurology.  Part II will be released later this month.

One of the functions of the AUPN is to keep the neurology leadership community apprised not only of those joining our ranks, but also of new neurology leadership job openings as they come available.  At the end of every AUPN Saturday newsletter, you will find a listing of active Chair openings in the United States (just this week, two more Chair openings have appeared).  Often, the AUPN is contacted very early in the Chair job search process by search committees and firms, so if you are considering becoming a chair or changing positions, I encourage you to make use of this resource.  In addition, we also have an AUPN Job Board maintained on the AUPN web site, which not only lists Chair jobs, but which is also available for free posting of opportunities by AUPN member departments.   

The AUPN Spring Programs are coming in May and registration is now open.  There will be two spring sessions this season, including the AUPN New Chairs Forum (featuring round table discussion between attending established Chairs and Chairs with less than 3 years at the job), and the official AUPN Spring Program focusing on Neurology Education in the Virtual Era.  In June, we will hold our very first Summer Program, focused on Women Leaders in Neurology.  More information is available below in the “Upcoming Events” section.

Clifton Gooch, MD
AUPN President

Today’s Resource Links

AUPN’s Leadership Minute #8: Engaging Medical Students in Neurology

Past AUPN Leadership Minutes

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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