October Spotlight 2020: Volunteer Corner, Merit Awards, Annual Meeting going virtual, 2021 Board nominations, DEI update, and other news

     

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, features NANOS volunteers and member resources, and much more. Enjoy our October 2020 issue and click here to check out our past issues.


VOLUNTEER CORNER - NANOS HEROES

Meet our October hero and NANOS 2020 Merit Award recipient, Dr. Kevin Lai. 

DR. KEVIN LAI, NANOS AMBASSADOR AND NANOS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Kevin Lai, MD, Chair of the NANOS Patient Information Committee, Co-Chair of the Informatics & Telemedicine Committee, Vice Chair of  the Practice Support and YONO Committees 

Ophthalmology or Neurology? Ophthalmology

What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship?
Listen to my patients. Validating their experience can be as therapeutic as medical or surgical intervention, and may help lead to a more accurate diagnosis.

What are the top 3 things you’ve learned over the last 5 years?

1) Training my staff is critical to making sure nothing slips through the cracks - communicating explicitly and empowering capable individuals results in a much stronger team.
2) Watch carefully for signs of burnout in myself and my staff, and proactively find ways to keep work enjoyable.
3) Understanding business and personal finance are essential for young physicians to become successful in their careers.

Tell us about your involvement with NANOS! 
I got involved with NANOS because I was looking for resources as a new neuro-ophthalmologist to start up a practice from scratch and to connect with other neuro-ophthalmologists. When I learned that there were not many resources available, I decided to get involved in creating those resources in the hopes that it might benefit others going through similar challenges. This led to becoming involved with many committees and helping wherever I could. It has been a joy to serve and I'm happy that I contribute.

What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS?
Just do it! Don't wait until someone approaches you; if you see something that would make NANOS better or some way NANOS can support you better, talk with a committee member and get started. Chances are someone else has the same concerns or ideas and would love to collaborate with you.

What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS?
The neuro-ophthalmology is small but very warm and inviting. Don't be afraid to reach out to colleagues - everyone is very supportive and friendly!


WHAT MAKES NANOS GREAT? NANOS MEMBERS

Visit the NANOS Committee page to view the NANOS 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, Organizational Arm Chart, NANOS Committee Tasks and Rosters and other Society-related resources.


2021 BOARD NOMINATIONS

The NANOS Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for two At-large Board positions. The three-year terms will start July 1, 2021. Read more here


WE ARE GOING VIRTUAL

Make plans to join NANOS first virtual Annual Meeting, February 20-23, 2021. This is an experience you wouldn't want to miss.



FELLOW OF NANOS

NANOS continues to recognize Fellow and International Fellow members on an annual basis. Eligible for Fellow Status and want to be recognized at the NANOS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting? Submit your application to info@nanosweb.org by Friday, January 15, 2021. Read more here and apply today.


DEI UPDATE

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to the NANOS culture and we are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive Society for all. That said, NANOS will be collecting new demographic data in the NANOS member profile and meeting registration as part of our strategic plan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals. These questions will be optional and your answers will remain confidential and de-identified. Your participation will give us a better picture of who makes up our Society and help us ensure that we are a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive group. Stay tuned!


2021 MERIT AWARD - DEADLINE EXTENDED

There is still time to submit your 2021 Merit Award nominations. Click here to learn more and make your nominations by November 8th.

 

SIGN UP FOR AUTO DUES RENEWALS

Dues renewals can't be easier with the Auto-Dues renewal program. Signing up is quick and easy and will ensure that your annual membership dues are paid automatically, saving you the need to sign in and renew manually each year. Enroll into our Auto-Dues renewal program now - here is how:

  1. Login to your NANOS account at NANOS website.
  2. Click on 'Profile'.
  3. Go to 'Settings' and choose 'Renewal Settings'.
  4. Enter your preferred payment method and click 'Enroll'. Congratulations! You are all set for Auto-Renewals.

RENEW YOUR 2021 MEMBERSHIP

Renew now - here's how:

  1. Renew online. Please log in to the NANOS website using your username and password. If you cannot remember your password, please click here to reset it.
  2. Renew by phone. Please call the NANOS Executive Office at 952-646-2037 and we'll be happy to assist you.
  3. Renew with an invoice. Please click here to download a fillable invoice and mail it or fax it back to the NANOS Executive Office.

WIN BOOK CLUB - LEADERSHIP SERIES

WIN Bookclub is our new tradition and you are invited to join WIN Leadership Series.
WHEN: TBD. Click here to fill out the doodle poll by Saturday, November 7th.
DURATION: 40-60 minutes
ORGANIZER: Women in Neuro-Ophthalmology (WIN) Committee
TOPIC: Leadership
PURPOSE & GOAL:  In the chaos of the world around, it is sometimes best to find firm ground and move ourselves into the vortex of the storm.  Finding the right words and path to maneuver our strengths is what this book club is all about.  We hope many new faces will come join, as networking is an important facet of WIN. The environment is relaxed, and we hope to engage everyone who shows up
DECEMBER BOOK: Nurhan Torun, MD will lead us in the book "How did that happen? Holding people accountable the Positive, Principled way" by Roger Connors and Tom Smith.  It focuses on how we can influence and build accountability structures--and get things done.  
WHO IS INVITED: any member of NANOS interested in growing their leadership skills
INTERESTED? Email Barbara Yates and Sangeeta Khanna or join the WIN community on the WIN listserv to be notified of the date and login details.
WHAT IS WIN LISTSERV? The "Women in Neuro-Ophthalmology" (WIN) listserv is a discussion forum for all members of NANOS, gender-inclusive, who share passion for neuro-ophthalmology and use this unique platform to discuss equity, professional development, networking, share resources, and support each other.


DONATE TO NANOS

NEW! Consider donating today and your donation can help the Next Generation of NANOS Members and Leaders initiatives. The funds raised will support leadership development of those in early and mid-careers within NANOS (including the WIN leadership program), travel grants to come to NANOS meetings for PGY1-3, resident research grants, and other recruitment initiatives.

"NANOS is the only organization that is dedicated to Neuro-ophthalmology on a consistent basis. I find that when I go to the NANOS meetings I ALWAYS learn something New. It really helps me to keep abreast of the current Neuro-Ophthalmology knowledge. For the above reasons I will continue to contribute to NANOS."
- John L Keltner, a long-time member of NANOS

Haven't donated to NANOS yet? Consider making a gift to NANOS today: 

1.  DONATE ONLINE by clicking here and logging in using your NANOS username/password.  OR 

2.  MAIL/FAX DONATION by downloading the donation form here

3. CREATE A FUNDRAISER on the NANOS Facebook page. Click here for detailed instructions.

Thank you if you have already contributed! A list of donors can be viewed here


WHY DO YOU SUPPORT NANOS?

Tell us your story.

CREATE A FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER

Whether it’s a holiday, your birthday, or other event, you can create a fundraiser to ask your Facebook friends and family to support NANOS. Help NANOS advance our mission and spread the word about our field, neuro-ophthalmic diseases, education, and patient care. Detailed instructions can be found here.

NANOS is a 501-C3 not-for-profit organization and contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The September issue of EyeNet, the AAO's monthly news magazine, featured this article: Neuro: How To Minimize Diagnostic Errors (© American Academy of Ophthalmology. Courtesy of EyeNet Magazine). NANOS member login is required to read the cover story.


We also encourage you to check out the opinion piece by Dr. Ruth D. Williams where she addresses the "obvious indispensability of neuro-ophthalmologists". Neuro-ophthalmologists are "the ocular internists, neuro-imaging experts, eye movement gurus, and all-around eye brainiacs. Neuro-ophthalmologists are invaluable, but we don’t have enough of them... If residents can overcome three misconceptions, neuro could become the new "hot" subspecialty in ophthalmology."


OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES


NOVEL RESOURCES

  • NOVEL library is available here.
  • NOVEL Neuro-Ophthalmology Curricula can be viewed by members only HERE (login is required). Make sure to take advantage of this member only resource. 
  • Check out these two NANOS products that are available on the Teton Data Systems platform, Stat!Ref. They now feature a new design and interface!

NANOS Products on Stat!Ref

  1. NANOS Examination Techniques (NExT) for Neuro-Ophthalmology
  2. NANOS Illustrated Curriculum for Neuro-Ophthalmology

Get your subscription to Stat!Ref today:

  1. Institutional License:
    Ask your academic librarian to add NExT and NANOS Illustrated Curriculum to their library’s Stat!Ref subscription.
  2. Individual License:
    Contact Teton Data Systems: www.tetondata.com, 800-901-5494

STAY CONNECTED

NANOSnet, WIN and YONO LISTSERVS

Make sure to subscribe for the NANOS listservs to stay connected and network with fellow professionals.

NANOS SOCIAL MEDIA

Like NANOS on Facebook (@NeuroOphthalmology) and follow us on Twitter (@NANOSTweets).


HAVE A QUESTION? CONTACT THE NANOS EXECUTIVE OFFICE TEAM

We are here to support you.

Katie Connelly
NANOS Membership & Communications Specialist
info@nanosweb.org
952-646-2037

Tara Thebeau, CMP
NANOS Meetings Manager
meetings@nanosweb.org
952-641-2293

Toma Ossian, CMP
NANOS Executive Director
toma@nanosweb.org
952-646-2047

Janel Fick
NANOS Consulting Director & GMP Partner
jfick@gmpartners.org

     
 

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NANOS IN THE NEWS

NANOS members have successfully presented a poster on Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowships and Careers at the AAN Faculty and Trainee Reception at the AAN 2018 Annual Meeting.

Are you in search of a Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship? Please visit our Fellowship page for openings.