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Come and Connect in Vancouver!

By Currents Editor posted 07-22-2019 10:17

By Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCNS, FNCS, FAHA  (left) ; Lori Shutter, MD, FCCM, FNCS (right)

As co-chairs of the 2019 NCS Annual Meeting, we are excited to share with our fellow NCS members information on what to expect at the meeting to be held October 15-18! Our theme, Connectivity—Working Together, Improving Lives, is intended to bring our multi-professional society membership together for five days of knowledge transfer, research collaboration, interactive learning sessions, networking and enjoying the incredible city of Vancouver, British Columbia. NCS has engaged our neurocritical care colleagues from Canada in the planning of our meeting as well as participating in the sessions during the meeting. The conference has been organized with more pre-meeting sessions than in years past and a main meeting with more than 30 general sessions! The conference center sits on the bay and has a spectacular view!

Pre-Meeting Events

The meeting is starting out with a number of exciting pre-conference activities that provide great educational opportunities that we want to highlight. Essentials of Neurocritical Care is a new, exciting two-day course offered on Monday and Tuesday that builds on ENLS to provide education on the fundamentals of patient care in the neuro-ICU. This course is designed to focus on multidisciplinary care for all levels and types of healthcare professionals. Also offered as a two-day hands-on workshop Monday and Tuesday is the very popular Transcranial Doppler Course—come build your TCD skills! Monday afternoon and evening offer an excellent program sponsored by the fellows of NCS on Professionalism and Leadership that includes a general session followed by the breakout tracks: Research Mentoring and Future Leaders Forum. FNCS members are present throughout these sessions to serve as faculty, provide insight on career development and build networking activities for all participants in this program.  

Tuesday includes the Practice Update, which is a great course for those who will be preparing for their certification examination this year. Tuesday also is packed with exciting hands-on workshops—there is a wide variety of topics so everyone can find a session to meet their individual needs. In addition, there is an invitation-only concurrent meeting held as a collaboration between the NCS and AHA to develop a consensus statement on post-resuscitation hypothermia care.   

Tuesday Night Kick Off

Tuesday evening officially kicks off the NCS Annual Meeting with the NCS Award Ceremony at 5:00 p.m.—come see your friends and colleagues obtain well-deserved recognition. Then at 6:00 p.m., join us in the Exhibit Hall for the Welcome Reception and an opportunity to meet our industry partners who are so important to our daily work and the success of this conference. Following the reception is a Mentorship Mingle, an opportunity for trainees and junior faculty to meet with senior faculty to obtain guidance on early career development. Come join us early and take advantage of some fabulous educational events occurring prior to the outstanding events of the NCS Annual Conference. 

On Wednesday, October 16, NCS welcomes Canadian physician Shelly Dev, MD, FRCPC, as our keynote speaker. Her address, Will Medical Culture Ever Be Healthy Enough for our Workers?, includes reflections on how professionalism is defined by our medical culture and explores the challenges in promoting a change in culture to help us achieve mental and physical well-being. The NCS business meeting follows the opening session and includes a presentation on the NCS Gender Parity Study. Concurrent sessions are scheduled from 10:15 a.m.-11:40 a.m. with late breaking Clinical Trials, International Practices Breaking Barriers and Penetrating Brain Injury. Afternoon sessions include Optimizing Outcomes: Improving Transitions and Early Rehabilitation, SNACC-NCS Joint Sessions on Measure Quality, The Effect of Digitalization of Medicine on Provider Professionalism and Patient Safety, Platform Presentations, Cutting Edge Critical Care and International Practices: Bridging the Gaps. The first Poster Session is in the afternoon from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. where members can gain insight from numerous research and quality projects. Visit our exhibitors during Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall! Finish the day by attending the Women in Neocritical Care presentation, Building Respect in a World of Microaggressions given by Dr. Lori Shutter.

Start Thursday with a Run for Research! The first round of concurrent sessions follows including Current Topics in Ischemic Stroke, Pediatric Multi-Modal Non-Invasive Neuro monitoring and The Promise and Perils of Artificial Intelligence. The second Poster Session is earlier in the day at 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Afternoon sessions include Perfusion and Inflammation, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, NCC Research Session, Brain Death, Practical Clinical Application in Multimodality Monitoring, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Debates, Delirium and Intersection of Oncology and NCC. Closing the day is our annual Banquet Celebration and a lip synch contest—a great fundraising opportunity to support NCS research!!

Friday’s events include a full-day Emergency Neuro Life Support 4.0 course and two sets of concurrent sessions: Big Data; NCS Guidelines Update; Management of Refractory Status Epilepticus; Connectivity with the Unconnected, Undocumented, Unbefriended and Unlikely to Improve; Telemedicine; and Measuring Outcomes! Don’t forget to take time Friday afternoon to explore Vancouver!

There are many opportunities to network with colleagues. Receptions are planned for advanced practice providers, pharmacy and a Mentorship Mingle recruitment forum for residents and fellows. The cocktail hour and welcome reception in the Exhibit Hall provide time to visit exhibits and talk to friends. The Annual Banquet is being held in the beautiful Exhibit Hall with a Canadian theme!! The WINCC session is not just for women—all are welcome! Also do not forget about opportunities to learn at breakfast and lunch symposia offered throughout the meeting. 

Come and connect in Vancouver!


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