Please join me in welcoming Page B. Pennell, MD to the AUPN as the Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Pennell received her BA from Emory University before attending the University of Florida College of Medicine, followed by both a neurology residency and a fellowship in epileptology and clinical neurophysiology at the University of Michigan. Prior to being recruited to the University of Pittsburg, she was Professor of Neurology at Harvard, and also Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Director of Research for the Division of Epileptology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Pennell’s research has focused on sex-specific outcomes in epilepsy, with a particular emphasis on endocrinological influences on seizures and AED therapy, as well as maternal and fetal outcomes in patients with epilepsy. She is a national leader in neurology and epileptology, has served as President of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and has received numerous awards, including the AES Distinguished Service Award. Her extensive research portfolio includes funding from industry, non-profit foundations and the NIH, recently including a large, multi-center national study of maternal outcomes and neurodevelopmental effects of AEDs (MONEAD) funded by the NINDS in collaboration with NICHD.
This month’s Leadership Minute, entitled “Tips for Fostering the Academic Advancement of Clinician Educators,” is presented by Dr. Nancy Sicotte (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) and is moderated by Dr. Barbara Vickrey (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai). You can view this leadership minute (along with all previous leadership minutes) on the AUPN Website.
It is hard to believe that summer is upon us with fall not far behind, but our AUPN Fall Programs have been finalized and will once again be held in conjunction with our partners at the American Neurological Association, which will again host an all-virtual meeting. These programs are free to AUPN Members, but as the ANA is once again hosting the virtual platform, you must register for the ANA meeting to access our sessions (fee required). Details regarding dates and times are below in Upcoming Events, and ANA Fall meeting registration is here.
AUPN Fall Sessions include:
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: What does it take to make real progress and how do you improve the pipeline?, moderated by Dr. Annapoorna Bhat Ramachandra (University of New Mexico) and Dr. Michel Torbey (University of New Mexico) on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST.
Social Media and Web Presence: How do you make your internet presence effective, and how do you handle social media “Surprises”?, moderated by Dr. Richard O’Brien (Duke University Medical Center) on Monday, Oct. 18, from 10am - 11am EST.
Supply and demand in neurology subspecialties: How can you match the trajectories of trainees to the needs of the present and future?, moderated by Dr. Larry Goldstein (University of Kentucky Medical Center) on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 10am - 11am EST.
In addition to these programs, we will also host our annual Meet the Chairs Session, and Small Department Networking Session (Dates and details below under Upcoming Events).
Finally, The ANA/AUPN Virtual Fall Career Fair is also now open for registration. Be sure to reserve your booth now (discounted for ANA Members) for Sunday, October 17 from 7:45pm to 8:45pm EST. The Career Fair provides an opportunity for the leaders of the nation's top academic neurology departments to meet with attendees and discuss career opportunities at their institutions.
Clifton Gooch, MD