Pharmacist Resources

Welcome to the NCS Pharmacist Resource Page. Here you will find resources for your neurocritical care practice. 

PONS

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Program Overview

The Pharmacotherapy of Neurocritial Care Series (PONS) is a curriculum based eLearning series comprised of various neuropharmacotherapy topics presented by experts in the field of neurocritical care. The target audience includes individuals practicing in all medical disciplines, particularly those who are interested in furthering their neuropharmacotherapy knowledge. This series can be used to update or refresh primary providers on the topic, or be utilized to facilitate topic discussions among trainees. Each session includes a library of annotated references used during the presentation.

For a quick, printable reference, please click here to open our PONS pamphlet. This pamphlet includes details regarding who can benefit from the PONS, details regarding each presentation, information about continuing education credits, and more.

How to Access PONS

PONS educational content can be accessed through NCS OnDemand. Please make sure you create, or are logged into, your NCS account for full viewing privileges. NCS membership is not required to view this program.

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NOTE FOR NCS MEMBERS: All NCS members are granted FREE access to all non-CME PONS courses. In order to access the free content you will need to be logged in to your NCS account, add the PONS course(s) to your shopping cart, and go through the purchasing process. A product price of $0 will be shown throughout your purchase. If you have any questions regarding access to these free courses, please contact Sara Memmen via e-mail.

PONS Program Pricing

PONS presentations can be purchased with continuing education (CE) credit, or without. Volume II pricing for these presentations is as follows:

Member Pricing:

  • Individual Presentation with CE: $12.00
  • Individual Presentation without CE: $0.00
  • Bundle purchase (all 6 presentations) with CE: $57.60**
  • Bundle purchase (all 6 presentations) without CE: $0.00**

Non-Member Pricing:

  • Individual Presentation with CE: $15.00
  • Individual Presentation without CE: $8.00
  • Bundle purchase (all 6 presentations) with CE: $72.00**
  • Bundle purchase (all 6 presentations) without CE: $38.5**

**Note: The bundle pricing for Volume I and Volume II is different. This is due to the different number of presentations in each Volume. To reference Volume I bundle package pricing, please see below.

Bulk Purchase Discount for Institutions

Bulk discounting is available for institutions purchasing 10 or more PONS CME packages. Bulk pricing rates are $100 per package. To purchase, please e-mail Becca Stickney for invoicing and payment information.

Volume II PONS Topics

  • Control of Shiver During Targeted Temperature Management (TTM)
  • Neurostimulants in the Neurointensive Care Unit
  • Beyond the Horizon: Exploring the Next Frontier in Anticoagulation Reversal
  • LDL in Intracerebral Hemorrhage: How Low Can You Go?
  • Alteplase for Acute Ischemic Stroke - Updates & Issues
  • Management of Super Refractory Status Epilepticus

Volume I PONS Topics

  • Acute Blood Pressure Control Following Intracerebral Hemorrhage
  • Antithrombotic Reversal in Patients With Intracranial Hemorrhage: A Review of the Guideline
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Get it in your head! Introduction to Intraventricular and Intrathecal Drug Delivery
  • Hyponatremia
  • ICU Management of Myasthenia Gravis: This Weakness is Getting on My Nerves!
  • Management of Status Epilepticus: Breaking Bad!
  • Osmotic Therapy for Elevated Intracranial Pressure
  • Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity
  • Targeted Temperature Management (TTM) Effects on Drugs and Shiver Control
  • Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis: Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice
  • Wading in the Weeds: Cannabis Use in the Hospital

**Note: Volume I package pricing is different than Volume II package pricing due to the fact that there are 12 presentations. Please note the Volume I package pricing below.

Member Pricing:

  • Bundle purchase (all 12 presentations) with CE: $115.20
  • Bundle purchase (all 12 presentations) without CE: $0.00

Non-Member Pricing:

  • Bundle purchase (all 12 presentations) with CE: $144.00
  • Bundle purchase (all 12 presentations) without CE: $77.00

Accreditation Statement

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cine-Med and the Neurocritical Care Society. Cine-Med is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Invited Clinical Pharmacist (ICP) Program

Conditions

The Pharmacy Committee of the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) has established guidelines and financial support for an Invited Clinical Pharmacist (ICP) Program.  In addition, the committee will be responsible for its development, administration, implementation, and continued improvement of this program.

Purpose

The purpose of the NCS ICP Program is to promote and increase neurocritical care pharmacy practice. During a 1-2 day program, the invited clinical pharmacist will be expected to interact with pharmacy practitioners, attend rounds and provide a guest lecture. Additional activities should be proposed by the inviting site.

Eligibility 

Inviting Site

Any current NCS member may apply for the program on behalf of their medical center or university. They should not have received the award in the previous three years.  The inviting institution is responsible for securing any permission for the ICP faculty to participate in any activity involving patient care (e.g., HIPPA waivers, etc.).

Invited Clinical Professor

The ICP must be a current member of NCS pharmacy committee who is recognized for their outstanding clinical practice and/or teaching. To be recognized as outstanding, the ICP should have evidence of advancing the practice of critical care medicine, with a particular emphasis in neurocritical care. Below are the list of qualifications. The FNCS committee of NCS will review the applications and select the most qualified candidate based on the needs of the inviting institution. The designated ICP should not have been selected in the previous two years.

Qualifications for ICP Candidates

  • Must have Post Graduate (PGY2) training in critical care or equivalent critical care experience
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in neuro ICU
  • Must have leadership experience within NCS (FNCS members are preferred but not required)
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in a teaching/academic/community-based hospital
  • Must be board certified in pharmacotherapy or critical care pharmacotherapy
  • Must have at least 3 publications in neuro ICU topics
Alternatively, the inviting site may request a specific ICP, whose credentials will then be reviewed for eligibility by the Pharmacy Committee.

Time

The visit will be a minimum of one business day and is not expected to be greater than two days.

Application

Process for Application

Details for this year will be posted in fall 2018. 

Award Selection and Notification

The application will be reviewed by the FNC committee of Pharmacy Committee of NCS.  If accepted, the inviting site will be notified by email. 

The ICP Program award is subject to available funds.

Funding and Reimbursement

The ICP will be provided financial support to offset the expense of travel, lodging, and food.  The total cost reimbursed for each ICP site visit should not exceed $1,000 and is subject to adjustments.  Funding is meant to offset the expenses of the ICP and will not be provided to the applicant or their institution.  Up to two proposals may be supported during each budget cycle, based on available funds.

In regards to travel accommodations, the ICP has the option to either personally schedule his/her flight and then submit for reimbursement following the site visit or utilize the NCS travel agency.  For more information on arranging your flight through NCS, please contact NCS at info info@neurocriticalcare.org.

In order for the ICP to be reimbursed for travel, lodging, and food expenses, all original receipts must be submitted to info@neurocriticalcare.org.

Experience Obligations

Inviting Site

Pre-Experience

  1. Complete and submit the ICP Program application online (link on NCS website)
  2. Include an updated copy of your curriculum vitae.
  3. Include a letter of support from a Pharmacy Director, Department Chair, or an ICU Director.
  4. Provide a proposed itinerary for the ICP.

Post-Experience

  1. Within two weeks of the completed visit, provide a written description of your experience  (maximum of one page) to Salia Farrokh, PharmD, BCCCP at sfarrok1@jhmi.edu.  This may be developed into an article for Currents.
  2. The inviting NCS pharmacist member may be asked to present their experience at a subsequent NCS Annual Meeting during a pharmacy-related event.

Invited Clinical Pharmacist

Post-Experience

  1. The ICP may be asked to present their experience at a subsequent Annual Meeting.

External Pharmacy Grant Opportunities:

Community Pharmacy Foundation Grant
Community Pharmacy Foundation
Duration: 1 year 
Deadline: Yearround 

American Society of Health System Pharmacists Research Awards
ASHP Research and Education Foundation
Amount: $20,000
Duration: 1 year 

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Research Awards
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Amount: $10,000
Duration: 1 year 
Deadline: July 2018

Aetna Foundation Research Award
The Aetna Foundation
Amount: $25k-50k
Duration: 1 year 

Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care
American Pharmacists Association
Duration: 1 year 
Deadline: 9/1/2018