WELCOME TO NANOS SPOTLIGHT - SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
NANOS Spotlight is a Society newsletter that keeps NANOS members informed of what's going on in the Society, highlights member achievements, celebrates member successes and Society accomplishments, welcomes new members, summarizes member benefits, and much more. Enjoy our June issue below and click here to view past issues.
VOLUNTEER CORNER - NANOS HEROES
*NEW* NANOS Heroes Corner is the section of the NANOS Spotlight dedicated to NANOS volunteers. Here we will interview members who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy, and resources to NANOS and have contributed to the overall success and growth of our organization. Meet our June hero, Dr. Sachin Kedar!
DR. SACHIN KEDAR, NANOS AMBASSADOR AND 2019 MERIT AWARD WINNER
Sachin Kedar, MD, MBBS
Ophthalmology or Neurology? I am board certified in Neurology (ABPN), Ophthalmology (Medical Council of India) and clinical neurophysiology (ABPN)
What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship?
I have a collection or pearls from my time with Nancy Newman, Valerie Biousse and James Corbett, but two stand out.
a. Insist that a transesophageal echocardiogram be performed in an embolic central retinal artery occlusion despite a “normal transthoracic echocardiogram”.
b. The other is a Corbettism “Everyone in the world has syphilis but you and me; I know about me but not about thee”, a comment made when I failed to test for syphilis in a 60 year old with papilledema, who as it turned out had neurosyphilis.
What are the top 3 things you’ve learned over the last 5 years?
- There is no such thing as a “perfect practice”; you have to adapt to the needs of your group and community
- Build or join an inter-professional collaborative group in your area of interest; it expands your horizon and it is lots of fun.
- Set aside and jealously guard personal or family time- it is not easy till you decide it is important for you
Tell us about your involvement with NANOS! Although I have volunteered on several committees, my primary involvement with NANOS has been in the education arm, more recently as Chair of curriculum committee. This was a natural fit for me given my background as residency program director throughout my academic career. I gained unique skills-set in each of these roles which has been professionally rewarding. More importantly, I made new friends, gained mentors, built collaborations and worked with some wonderful, like-minded members of the NANOS community.
What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS? NANOS will let you explore, build and enhance your unique interests and skills-set, and also provide you mentors to be successful. Please reach out, we value your input.
What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS? If you have an idea or proposal for NANOS, do not hesitate to pitch. NANOS leaders are but a call/message/email/tweet away.
COMMITTEE CORNER - PATIENT INFORMATION COMMITTEE
Kevin E. Lai, MD
*NEW* In the Committee Corner section of the NANOS Spotlight we'll be highlighting the work NANOS committees are doing and sharing the recent accomplishments or challenges that our volunteers have battled. The June issue features the NANOS Patient Information Committee chaired by Kevin E. Lai, MD.
Here's Kevin's report:
Committee Purpose? To develop and maintain up-to-date, accurate, and relevant educational materials for our neuro-ophthalmology patients.
Exemplary Committee Members? Everyone has been working very hard to provide an excellent, high-quality product to give our patients!
- Addition of an Editorial Board to complete final reviews of all revisions and new brochures to ensure accuracy
- Development of a standardized format for the brochures to maintain uniformity on the NANOS website and in PDF formats
- Revision of the patient information main page of the NANOS website
- We are completing revisions and edits on 13 of the existing patient brochures
- The revised pituitary tumor brochure is now available in web form and in PDF format
- Development of one-page "infographics" that can be easily printed out for patients
- Working with the Informatics Committee to help provide tools for integrating patient information brochure information into the major EHRs
- Developing new brochures for other common neuro-ophthalmic conditions
- Brainstorming new ideas for clinically useful patient information
Click here to view the roster of the Patient Information Committee.
PRACTICE SUPPORT COMMITTEE UPDATE
PRACTICE SUPPORT TOOLS
Larry Frohman and the NANOS Practice Support & Carrier Relations Committee have created a document for use. NANOS members may be experiencing problems of RFNL OCTs being denied by Medicare even with accepted OCT codes if the OCTs are performed more than twice per year. Because we understand that in neuro-ophthalmology OCTs may be needed more frequently than this, this letter can be adapted to fit the needs of the physician and submitted for purposes of obtaining authorization for reimbursement.
NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY UPCOMING EVENTS
The National Eye Institute (NEI) is hosting a workshop on “Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease Clinical Trial Endpoints: Optic Neuropathies” this June. The workshop will address endpoints for clinical trials of therapies for neuro-ophthalmic diseases, such as glaucoma, intracranial hypertension, and multiple sclerosis. Sessions will summarize lessons learned from past trials, including clinical trials for neurological conditions unrelated to vision; the utility of functional endpoints; issues specific to neuro-ophthalmology; and other topics.
Interested? Check out the details below and register today.
June 28, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
6700B Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817
Draft agenda and registration.
Link to webcast
MEMBER RECOGNITION PROGRAM
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
We are pleased to see that NANOS members are being highlighted in various media sources. Check out the articles below if you haven't done so already and make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the know of what's going on in the Neuro-Ophthalmology world.
MEMBER RECOGNITION PROGRAM DETAILS
At NANOS we are always proud to share our member successes. We believe that every member's accomplishments should be recognized, valued, and highlighted as our own. NANOS recognizes our members for their major awards, honors, and/or achievements in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology through the 'NANOS Member Recognition' program. All members are encouraged to make submissions for the NANOS Member Recognition program! CLICK HERE to access the online submission form and acknowledge yourself or another NANOS member today (member login required)!
NANOS VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
NANOS is proud to have an affluent pool of volunteers that work hard on behalf of our Society and help advance the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology. NANOS has more than 30 committees run by more than 400 volunteers who help us achieve our mission and goals. Thank you for all you do! Click here to view the list of NANOS Committees and volunteers.
MERIT AWARD - SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS
2020 MERIT AWARD NOMINATIONS
NANOS invites you to submit your nominations for the NANOS 2020 Merit Award. Click here to read more and submit your nominations.
*NEW* All Merit Award Winners are now given a complimentary meeting registration for our upcoming meeting!
Stay tuned to the upcoming JNO News section for a new feature entitled "Great Conversations", which will highlight members in NANOS who have made unique contributions to the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology, service to their institution, community service, or NANOS.
NANOS continues to recognize Fellow and International Fellow members at our Annual Meetings, where these members are presented with a certificate.
Eligible for Fellow Status? Please click here to find out more, download the application form, and apply now!
DONATE TO NANOS
Enjoyed the 2019 Annual Meeting, or made use of the NOVEL resources or Practice Management Tools developed by NANOS volunteers? Consider making a donation to support our future meetings, research, and educational initiatives. Click here to view the list of current donors and make a donation. Thank you!
NANOS RESOURCES AND PRODUCTS
NOVEL PRODUCTS ON STAT!REF
- *NEW* NANOS Examination Techniques for Neuro-Ophthalmology (NExT) is now available through Stat!Ref. Read more here.
- Don't forget that NANOS members have access to the Stat!Ref version of the NOVEL Illustrated Curriculum (IC) through the NANOS members’ only section of the NANOS website (login/password required).
SUBSCRIBE TO STAT!REF
Non-members and institutions must have a subscription to the IC and NExT products through Stat!Ref. If your institution does not yet have a subscription, please contact your health sciences or academic librarian and request the purchase! Every subscription helps support the NOVEL project. Read more about the Stat!Ref subscription here.
The NANOS 2018 Annual Meeting is available on NOVEL. Click here to view all NOVEL collections. NANOS members will be notified when the NANOS 2019 Annual Meeting is available.
The NANOS Young Neuro-ophthalmologist Committee (we call ourselves YONOs for short!) wants to remind you about the YONO portal that has been specifically designed to help young members of NANOS or those interested in Neuro-ophthalmology navigate their way into a career in Neuro-ophthalmology.
Click here to explore our resources and job/career tools.
NANOS SOCIAL MEDIA
Like NANOS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@NANOSTweets) to share your membership and Annual Meeting experience.
JNO SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE
The Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology (JNO) recently enhanced its presence on social media. We would like to invite you to join JNO on the different social media platforms. *Please note that a new Facebook page had to be created; You can use the link below to guide you to the updated page:
1- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Journal-of-Neuro-Ophthalmology-296572064377909/
2- Twitter: https://twitter.com/journalneurooph
3- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/journal-of-neuro-ophthalmology-53ab85178/
4- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/journalneurooph/
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