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July 2021 President's Update: A Mid-Year Check-In

By Currents Editor posted 07-08-2021 11:09

By Wade Smith, MD, PhD, FNCS

A Mid-Year Check-In

Dear NCS Members,

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2021. Over the past six months, we’ve made significant strides in COVID-19 recovery, and many cities and states across the United States are looking forward to a safe return to our normal lives and activities. In fact, even live music events are resuming, as the Foo Fighters just played Madison Square Garden’s first full-capacity concert since March 2020. A safe return to our hobbies means things are surely looking up for our hospitals, practices and patients, too.

I wish you all a very safe and enjoyable summer, and I hope you spend time reconnecting with family and friends who you had to be apart from for so long. Before you take some much-deserved time to decompress, please consider several ways you can participate in these upcoming NCS opportunities.

Get Involved!

As I shared in my June President’s Update, we invite you to “Get Involved!” as a volunteer leader with NCS. Share your interest using this survey, where you can review a list of opportunities and indicate your specific interests for serving in a volunteer role. Serving NCS as a volunteer leader is not only a rewarding experience, but it is a meaningful way to grow your network and inspire your practice. We appreciate your consideration to raise your voice and volunteer your time to give back to our society.

NCS 19th Annual Meeting

The NCS 19th Annual Meeting will be here before we know it! This year’s Annual Meeting, taking place Oct. 26–29, offers two ways to attend — in person in Chicago and online via our virtual experience. From four days of cutting-edge education sessions, three inspiring and motivating keynote presentations, workshops and master classes and engaging (and safe) networking opportunities, this meeting is one you will not want to miss. If you choose to join us in person in Chicago, I encourage you to start planning your trip to the Windy City and to book your stay at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Still have questions? Visit the Annual Meeting FAQ page on the NCS website.

Your commitment and expertise is invaluable to our society. If you have any questions about getting involved or planning your Annual Meeting experience, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the NCS staff at Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you in-person or virtually in the fall! 


Wade Smith, MD, PhD, FNCS

President, NCS Board of Directors

Professor of Neurology, UCSF


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