Trainee Resources

TRAINEE RESOURCES


Welcome to the Trainee Resource page. The NCS Trainee Section has several exciting ongoing projects and welcomes your participation. If you are interested in helping out with the activities of the section – contact ncs.rftf@gmail.com, or rmiller@neurocriticalcare.org.

Thank you, and hope to hear from you soon!
Alexis Steinberg, MD, Chair
Sasha Yakhkind, MD, Chair-Elect

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 2019

The Neurocritical Care Society’s Trainee Section is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for the third year of the NCS Mentorship Program. This year, one mentor-mentee pair will be awarded a certificate for the best project at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Please apply by December 12, 2018 to be considered.

Who May Apply
Mentors: Any attending neurointensivist, nurse practitioner (NP), registered nurse (RN), physician assistant (PA) or pharmacist may apply to serve as a mentor. There is not a minimum years in practice requirement to be a mentor. However, applicants less than three years out of training are encouraged to apply as a mentee. Those in either academic or private practice from all training backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
 
Mentees: Applicants may be any MD resident or fellow, RN, NP, PA or pharmacist within three years of training completion with an interest in Neurocritical Care.

Structure of Program
Mentors and mentees will be matched by the Trainee Section based on similar interests and goals expressed in their application. Mentees will work with their mentors to design one project to work on together over the course of the year in addition to receiving ongoing career planning and advice. The Trainee Section will check in with monthly emails including topics that pairs can use for their mentorship meetings in order for mentees to get further advice on developing their neurocritical career. Every year we will collect feedback from the pairs and publish quotes in Currents and on the website. 
 
As a MENTOR, your mentee will be responsible for contacting you on a monthly basis with the potential to meet in-person if both you and your mentee are present at a national meeting. The Trainee Section will check in to see how the mentoring experience is going and will serve as a resource for you to optimize the experience. Mentors will be asked to sign a contract committing to the time and goals of the program. The expected time commitment for the mentor is around 2-4 hours a month.  
 
As a MENTEE, you will be responsible for contacting your mentor on a monthly basis with the potential to meet in-person if both you and your mentor are present at a national meeting. The Trainee Section will check in to see how the mentoring experience is going and will serve as a resource for you to optimize your experience. Mentees will be asked to sign a contract committing to the time and goals of the program. The expected time commitment for the mentee is around 4-8 hours a month

Topics & How to Apply 
Topics and potential projects to be discussed between mentors and mentees may include but are not limited to: grant writing, literature/chapter review, ethics, guidelines, journal editing, curriculum development, publications, global outreach, etc. We hope that each mentor will also address mentee questions regarding topics such as fellowship/job applications, career guidance, and work-life balance.
 
Mentors: Please complete the MENTOR APPLICATION and upload the appropriate documents. 
Mentees: Please complete the MENTEE APPLICATION and upload the appropriate documents. 
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Mentorship Program - APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 NOW OPEN

Mentors: Please complete the MENTOR APPLICATION and upload the appropriate documents. 
Mentees: Please complete the MENTEE APPLICATION and upload the appropriate documents. 


Our first edition, conducted in 2017, put established neurointensivists in touch with trainees in medical school, residency, and fellowship. The second edition expanded the pool into pharmacy, nursing, NPs and PA streams as well. Mentors and mentees will be matched by the Trainee Section based on similar interests and goals expressed in their application. Mentees will work with their mentors to design one project to work on together over the course of the year in addition to receiving ongoing career planning and advice. The Trainee Section will check in with monthly emails including topics that pairs can use for their mentorship meetings in order for mentees to get further advice on developing their neurocritical career. Every year we will collect feedback from the pairs and publish quotes in Currents and on the website. Project leader: Wren Sherrill

Pocket Guide to Neurocritical Care

The first edition of the Pocketguide to Neurocritical care was published in 2017 by the Trainee Section in conjunction with the NCS Educational Products Committee. It is a short guide to important topics in NCC targeted at residents, medical students, nurses, NPs, PAs and pharmacists. A new edition is planned every few years, and this section works closely with the EPC in selecting authors and putting the book together. We plan to have one or two trainee authors for each chapter, supervised by a senior established author. In the time that is left until the second edition is to come out, we plan to convert the first edition into a digital version, which can be downloaded into users’ phones or tablets. Project Leader: Winnie Lau  

Outreach

The Trainee Section has been involved in outreach to other members of the medical community since its inception. From a group of primarily neurology-trained fellows and residents, we have expanded our membership to include people from nursing, NP and pharmacy backgrounds. We also have members from pediatrics and internal medicine backgrounds among our membership. We plan to reach out to other societies and professional bodies to recruit new trainee members from different areas. We also hope to expand our membership internationally.

Get involved! If you or someone you know wishes to join the NCS Trainee Section Leadership or take part in our events, the contact person is Marlina Lovett. Send an email ATTN: Marlina to ncs.rftf@gmail.com

NCS and AAN Meetings

This section works very closely with the organizing committees of the NCS annual meeting and the AAN annual meeting. We hold several events at each of these meetings, such as the Mentorship Mingle (to put mentors and mentees in touch with each other), Navigating your Career (to give guidance to trainees on how to put together a career in neurocritical care), breakfast meetings (small group sessions) and a happy hour. At AAN, one major thrust of our efforts is to popularize the NCS and the field of Neurocritical care among attendees, and encourage more people to enter the field. We also work with WINCC to organize the leadership training programs at NCS, which were very well received in 2018.

Stories of Hope

This is a new project for the Trainee Section and we are working closely with the Communications committee and Currents magazine editorial staff to come up with a system to collect inspiring stories of survival from NeuroICUs. The goal of this project is to systematically publish stories of patients who have had severe brain injury and then had an amazing/inspiring recovery. We are looking for trainees to write, publicize and organize this new endeavor. Project Leader: Sasha Yakhkind

Trainee Section of Neurocritical Care Journal

If you are aspiring to create an academic career for yourself, we have a special Trainees’ section in the Neurocritical Care journal. Trainees from all fields can contribute articles about their experiences in the field, typically related to the care of a complicated patient.

Article Submission Type: A Day in the Life of a Neurocritical Care Trainee

  • Focus on clinical decision making in challenging cases which requires complex decision making (unusual diseases or atypical presentations of common diseases)
  • Authors: Two authors, one must be a trainee. Describe each author's role int he manuscript
  • No abstract
  • Suggested subheadings: Introduction, Case, Management, Discussion and Key points
  • References: maximum of 10
  • Length: maximum of 1500 words (does not include figures, tables and references)
View more instructions for authors here.