2014 Chairs' Course

AUPN Chair's Course
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, MD
Chair: David J. Fink, MD, University of Michigan

Recruitment and Retention of Women in Academic Neurology
Sunday, October 12, 2014
7:30 am – 9:00 am

Despite the fact that women now represent half of the students in most medical school classes, women remain under-represented in most Neurology departments; a problem that is particularly acute on the tenure track and in senior leadership positions. Two women chairs of Neurology, Dr. Frances Jensen (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Karen Furie (Brown University) will discuss this issue, using their own experience as faculty and now as chair, to identify key challenges and potential solutions.

At the completion of this session, attendees will understand:

  • Why it is important that women be appropriately represented at the faculty level
  • Barriers that hinder the recruitment, retention and promotion of women
  • What are some solutions to overcome these challenges

Robin L. Brey, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Karen L. Furie, MD, MPH, Brown University

What Neurology Departments look like from the Perspective of the Dean’s Office
Monday, October 13, 2014
7:30 am – 9:00 am

Neurologists come to the table with a deep-seated belief that neurology is important and brings value to the academic, clinical and research missions of their institutions; a view that is not always shared by the institutional administration. Ray Watts has a unique perspective on the relationship between the Neurology Department and the institutional leadership, having served as Chair of the Department of Neurology, then Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine, and now as President of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Every institution is unique, but Dr. Watts will use his experience to discuss how one institution sees neurology, and what general principles we might glean regarding interaction with senior administration.

At the completion of this session, attendees will understand:

  • How does a Dean view the department of neurology
  • What are the major strengths neurology brings to an institution
  • What are the major strategic challenges that neurology poses to an academic medical center
  • What are good tactics chairs may use in their interactions with administration

Faculty: Ray L. Watts, MD, University of Alabama At Birmingham


Structuring Compensation in Academic Neurology
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
7:30 am – 9:00 am

The increased emphasis in recent years on matching faculty workplan to salary source has created new challenges to neurology departments. Funds flow for activities important for the department academic mission may not adequately cover the faculty effort required, while conversely clinical revenue generated in some subspecialties puts pressure on the traditional academic compensation model. There is no simple solution to this problem, but Robert Macdonald, chair of Neurology at Vanderbilt and Merit Cudkowicz, chief of Neurology at MGH will discuss their experience and approach to the problem.

At the completion of this session, attendees will understand:

  • What are the major challenges inherent in compensation models
  • What strategies are employed at two different institutions
  • What general principles might be useful

Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Robert L. Macdonald, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University



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