Please join me in welcoming Sharyl Martini, MD, PhD, to the AUPN in her new role as the National Neurology Program Director for the Veterans Administration System. Dr. Martini obtained both her MD and a PhD in Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, followed by a residency in Neurology and a fellowship in Vascular Neurology at the University of Cincinnati. She then returned to Houston to join the faculty at Baylor and the physician staff at the Michael E. DeBakey V.A. Medical Center, where she became the Director of the VA Cognitive Neurology Clinic. More recently, she played a leading role in developing the National VA Telestroke Program, ultimately becoming its Medical Director. Her personal research has focused on small vessel cerebral ischemia and its relationship to lacunar infarction, intracerebral hemorrhage and vascular dementia. We are very pleased to have Dr. Martini involved in the AUPN, in keeping with our new strategy to incorporate the Chiefs of academically-affiliated VA Neurology Services, as well as the national leadership of the VA system, into our organization.
In recent years, increasing clinical demands have made it ever more difficult for faculty with predominantly clinical care and teaching responsibilities to undertake research projects and successfully publish. This is a major change from a longstanding tradition in neurology, in which clinical academic faculty regularly published case reports and case series, along with editorials on clinical diagnostics and therapeutics, which frequently included explorations of controversies in these areas.
This month’s AUPN Leadership Minute, Turning your Clinic into a Source of Scholarly Activity is presented by Dr. Selim Benbadis (University of South Florida) and moderated by Dr. Rohit Das (University of Texas, Southwestern). Dr. Benbadis is the Director of Epileptology and the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories at USF and Tampa General Hospital and is well known within his field for publishing and speaking on exactly these kinds of topics, as well as successfully engaging medical students, residents and fellows. In this episode, Dr. Benbadis provides tips and tricks for developing doable ideas and projects of interest and value to the reader, while also carrying them through to completion, despite a heavy clinical workload.