New Chair at UT Chattanooga, Leadership & Conflict, Winter Workshops…

AUPN - Association of University Professors of Neurology

Please join me in welcoming Mounzer Yassin-Kassab, MD, MA to the AUPN as Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga and the Medical Director of Neurology in the Erlanger Health System.  Dr. Yassin-Kassab completed an M.A. in Neuroscience at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Syracuse.  He then completed Neurology Residency training, as well as fellowships in both Clinical Neurophysiology and Vascular Neurology at the University of Texas, Southwestern, after which he joined the faculty at Michigan State University, serving as Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship program and the Vascular Neurology fellowship program.  Dr. Yassin-Kassab’s research has focused on the neurological complications of ischemic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage, most especially seizures and status epilepticus, and also on clinical therapeutic trials in both stroke and epilepsy. 

The job of Chair will inevitably bring you into conflict, from time to time, with faculty, other Chairs, and senior leaders, and how this conflict is managed by you may determine your success or failure as an administrator.  The AAMC’s Leadership Development program has designed a webinar to help with these challenges entitled:  Transforming Conflict Into Collaboration.

This virtual workshop provides you with a personalized Conflicts Dynamics Profile Assessment to provide insights as to your own innate (and perhaps unconscious) responses to conflict and your personal triggers for escalation, then presents practical approaches to navigating difficult conversations and for fostering a respectful environment in which to move from conflict resolution to problem solving. This is an experiential workshop limited to 40 participants and is filling up quickly, so if you wish to attend it is recommended you register as soon as possible.  CME Credit is provided.

Conflict management and negotiation are integral leadership skills for leaders at all levels and, for that matter, essential tools for a successful personal life and are the subject of many excellent business leadership books.

Getting to Yes:  Negotiating Agreement without Giving In (Roger Fisher, William L. Ury and Bruce Patten, Penguin Books) is a primary business text and New York Times best seller based on the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project.  It provides stepwise strategies for coming to mutually agreeable outcomes in a variety of conflicts, as also coaches readers in successful dispute negotiations without getting angry or allowing themselves to be exploited.   It’s companion volume, The Power of a Positive No:  How to say no and still get to Yes. (William L. Ury, Bantam Books), also based upon the Harvard Negotiation Project, outlines strategies for asserting and defending your key interests and resisting aggression and manipulation, while still reaching an agreement that serves your interests.

The recent AUPN Fall Programs and the very first AUPN VA Director’s Workshop were excellent and again posted record levels of attendance. Thank you to all of our speakers and moderators for their hard work in making these AUPN educational offerings a success. Recordings and slides of each presentation will be uploaded to the AUPN website soon for those who were unable to attend.

However, the AUPN Winter Workshop Series is coming in January and February 2022, and includes the Department Chairs and Program Directors Forum (Friday, Jan 14 from 3-5 PM ET), the Program Directors Workshop (Friday Jan 28, 3-5 PM ET) and the Clerkship Director’s Workshop (Friday, Feb 4, 1-3 PM ET).  Speaker information and registration details will be coming soon.

Finally, CHAIRS please remember to review and update your institutional profile form by November 19th, with special attention to including the names and emails of your Program and Medical Clerkship Directors, as well as your Child Neurology and Research Directors, and also your affiliated VA Chiefs, so that they can directly access all the benefits of AUPN membership (all are included with your annual institutional membership dues).  Thank you to those who have already updated the form. Should you have any questions or need assistance with the update, please email neuro@aupn.org.

Clifton L. Gooch, MD
AUPN President

 
 

Today’s Resource Links

AAMC’s Leadership Development Webinar: Transforming Conflict Into Collaboration
This virtual workshop provides you with a personalized Conflicts Dynamics Profile Assessment to provide insights as to your own innate (and perhaps unconscious) responses to conflict and your personal triggers for escalation, then presents practical approaches to navigating difficult conversations and for fostering a respectful environment in which to move from conflict resolution to problem solving.

Social Media for Chairs: How to promote your department on social media (AUPN's Leadership Minute #15)

Past AUPN Leadership Minutes

Subscribe to AUPN Leadership Minute Podcasts:  Apple Podcasts; Spotify; Google  

The Myasthenia Gravis Rare Disease Network Seeks Grant and Scholar Applicants

The Myasthenia Gravis Rare Disease Network (MGNet), one of 20 NIH-supported consortia dedicated to rare disease research, is offering funding for the below two programs. Investigators need not have experience in myasthenia gravis research and applications are welcome from individuals in immunology, neurology, outcomes research, nursing and allied health fields, who may wish to work with MGNet investigators to develop projects.

The MGNet Pilot Grant Program supports pilot research projects in MG Details here.
The MGNET Scholar Program provides for 2 years of fellowship support in MG Details here

Upcoming Events

Virtual Winter Workshop Series

Registration and speaker details coming soon!

Department Chairs and Program Director’s Forum
Friday, January 14th 2pm-4pm CT / 3pm-5pm ET

Program Director’s Workshop         
Friday, January 28th 2pm-4pm CT / 3pm-5pm ET

Clerkship Director’s Workshop
Friday, February 4th 12pm-2pm CT / 1pm-3pm ET

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