August Spotlight: August Hero Revealed, Meet NANOS Board, CMS Calculator, NANOS Antitrust Training Webinar, NOVEL Updates, 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 August 2021 issue and click here to check out our past issues.


VOLUNTEER CORNER - NANOS HEROES
Meet our August hero and NANOS 2017 Merit Award recipient, Dr. Karl Golnik.

Karl Golnik, MD

Ophthalmology or Neurology? Ophthalmology

What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship?
There is a home for every paper (keep resubmitting!). Never say no to accepting academic opportunities (co-authoring, speaking engagements, committee service).

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

1) Being Chairman of an academic department does not mean you are the boss!
2) Integrity is one of the most important leadership characteristics.
3) You are never too old to get involved in new NANOS projects.

Tell us about your involvement with NANOS! 
My first NANOS meeting was in my second year of residency (1989) and it helped me be sure neuro-ophthalmology was the right path for me. I tried to submit something for presentation every year and these helped hone my presentation skills. It seemed very natural to be involved with committee work and get to know so many great colleagues. Over the years I have been on too many NANOS committees to count and enjoyed Chairing at least several (Walsh, AAO). Service on the NANOS Board was rewarding and led to deeper insight into the organization's functioning. Most recently, I have been involved in the NANOS Illustrated Curriculum project and have just started helping organize a new project aimed at basic examination techniques for non-neuro-ophthalmologists. Involvement in NANOS has been very rewarding from academic, professional and social perspectives. If you are a neuro-ophthalmologist, you must be involved with NANOS as an integral part of your career!

What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS?

  • Never say “no” to an opportunity to participate in any NANOS endeavor.
  • It’s OK to let leadership know if you have specific interests in NANOS projects and committees.
  • You’ll never regret your NANOS involvement.

What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS?
Now after 30 years of neuro-ophthalmic practice, I still love it and wouldn’t go down any other path if I could go back in time. Life-long relationships and best friends are formed through NANOS.

Click here to read interviews from other dedicated volunteers and heroes of NANOS.

SUBMIT YOUR 2022 MERIT AWARD NOMINATION
We invite you to submit your nominations for the NANOS 2022 Merit Award, which now comes with one-year complimentary dues.


Deadline: November 7, 2021

Click here to learn more about the Merit Award.


NEW! MEET NANOS BOARD

Patricia Johnston McNussen, MD     

We are thrilled to introduce a new section called Meet NANOS Board, where we feature interviews with former and current Board members. Through these features, members will learn about the function of the Board, how to get involved, nominated, or chosen for future Board positions. This August, we feature an interview with Patricia Johnston McNussen, MD.

Here's Patricia's interview:

Describe the NANOS Board using 3 words. Dedicated, Committed, Hardworking

Tell us about your journey to the NANOS Board in 3 sentences. I joined the Membership Committee many years ago to help support and contribute to NANOS.  I gradually became involved with other committees over a number of years, including Ethics, Bylaws, Nominating, Productivity and Compensation.  I was nominated for the NANOS Board by some board members, confirmed by the Nominating Committee, and voted in by the NANOS membership.

What did you enjoy most about your Board service? Getting to know my fellow board members and watching a dedicated group work for the good of NANOS.

Based on your experience, what advice about Board service would you give to a new member of the Board? Sit down with an experienced board member or the Executive Vice President and discuss what you can contribute.  Read your emails and participate in the discussions.

What do you wish you had known when you joined the Board but did not know? There is a lot of email discussion and lots of work to do.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned about governance matters? NANOS is run by people who care deeply about NANOS and Neuro-Ophthalmology, and work hard.  I am very grateful for such wonderful people who serve our society.

What do you feel was the most meaningful aspect/contribution/part of being on the NANOS Board? Working with others to advance the practice of Neuro-Ophthalmology, and helping with the NANOS Compensation Survey.


MEMBER RECOGNITION - AAO BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

Congratulations to Dr. Prem S. Subramanian for being nominated as the Council Vice Chair for the AAO Board of Trustees.

Click here for more information.

   

Prem S. Subramanian, MD, PhD


NANOS RESOURCES AND TOOLS
2022 CMS RVU AND FEE SCHEDULE CALCULATOR
Dr. Kevin Lai, Co-chair of the NANOS Practice Support Committee, has created and shared a spreadsheet that can be used by members to calculate the potential impact that changes to Medicare/CMS reimbursement rates might have on their practices. This tool uses publicly available data and is available for members for download and individual use. The calculator "engine" is based on the formulas CMS and the AMA have available for free online. The information was packaged into an excel spreadsheet to provide a better visual instead of printing out the tables and doing it "long-hand" each time. We hope the membership will find value in this new tool developed and reviewed by the NANOS volunteers.

Please refrain from discussing your findings on NANOS listservs or other communication platforms.

The CMS RVU and Fee Schedule Calculator is now posted in the Practice Support Tools corner (member-only resource).


NANOS Antitrust Compliance Statement: NANOS is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in the way we conduct our activities including full compliance with all laws and regulations and in particular, strict compliance with federal and state antitrust laws—all designed to protect free competition. While your healthcare attorney’s office can provide you guidance on antitrust matters you realize that each of us bears the ultimate responsibility for assuring that our actions and the actions of those around us comply with the antitrust laws.

NANOS ANTITRUST TRAINING WEBINAR
Do you know what antitrust legislation is and how it is relevant to neuro-ophthalmologists, NANOS and NANOS discussion email lists? Do you wonder why some topics of conversation are halted by moderators on NANOSNET? To help our US NANOS members avoid legal jeopardy related to anticompetitive actions, NANOS has put together an antitrust training webinar led by Vic Domen, an antitrust attorney. We encourage all US members to watch this training video (login required) and help us ensure NANOS stays compliant with federal laws.


Click here for more information on this important video presentation.


NOVEL UPDATES
NANOS ILLUSTRATED CURRICULUM PROJECT
The NANOS Curriculum and NOVEL Committees are working on a major update to the NANOS Illustrated Curriculum (IC). The editors have completed their review of the IC and have identified specific topics, that need learning objects such as manuscripts, video lectures, narrated PPT, diagrams, and images. We are asking you, NANOS members, to help us fill these gaps. 

INTERESTED? Contact Nancy Lombardo at nancy.lombardo@utah.edu or click here for more information.

EMBRYOLOGY OF THE EYE
Sometimes to figure out the cause of vision loss, we have to go to the basics. Check out this great video on embryology of the eye. It’s also a great review for the upcoming ophthalmology boards. Good luck!

NOVEL VISUAL DIAGNOSIS CHALLENGE

    

We know you're probably thinking, "That looks bad!" But how bad is it? Click here to learn about papilledema staging.

 

FEATURED JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Clinicial Ophthalmology (Neuro-Ophthalmology) at University of Southern California • Learn more

Neuro-ophthalmologist at Wolfe Eye Clinic • Learn more

Ophthalmologist with Subspecialty in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center Learn more


WHAT'S NEW FOR NANOS 2022 ANNUAL MEETING
WALSH SESSION
This year's Walsh session will be hosted by the University of British Columbia.

HOST: Jason Barton, MD, PhD, FRCPC

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Drs Jean Chuo, Claire Sheldon, Sara Simpson, Kris Kowal, Anastasia Neufeld, and Salina Teja

EXPERT PANEL:
Neuro-radiologist: Manraj Kanwal Singh Heran, MD, FRCPC
Neuro-pathologist: Veronica Hirsch-Reinshagen, PhD

The deadline to submit is October 14th, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.


NOW ACCEPTING ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS
NANOS is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2022 Annual Meeting! Please see below for instructions on submitting your abstract.


Visit the NANOS 2022 Annual Meeting website for more information.

NANOS ABSTRACT COMMITTEE REPORT
In case you missed it, check out the July Spotlight for the committee report from the NANOS Abstract Committee, chaired by Beau Bruce, MD and vice-chaired by Stacy Pineles, MD, on their recent accomplishments and challenges as they gear up for the 2022 Annual Meeting scientific abstract process.

THOMAS AND SUSAN CARLOW YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD
Are you submitting an abstract for NANOS 2022 Annual Meeting? Check out if you are eligible to submit your abstract for the Thomas and Susan Carlow Young Investigator Award and receive $1,000 Stipend and NANOS meeting registration reimbursement. All application materials must be received by November 30th, 2021. 

Click here to learn more about this award.

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK NOW OPEN


NANOS has secured guest rooms at a rate of $289 plus tax. The NANOS rate is available until January 20th, 2022 or until the room block sells out. You may cancel your reservation for no additional charge until 7 days prior to the day of arrival. Please note that a fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged if you must cancel after this deadline.


SAVE THE DATE - NEURO-OP NANOS CO-SPONSORED SYMPOSIUM
The 36th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress
NANOS Co-Sponsored Symposium: Neuro-Ophthalmic Emergencies You Cannot Afford to Miss!
Monday, September 6, 2021
VIRTUAL
Learn moreRegister


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE NANOS FELLOW OR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW STATUS?
If you have been an Active or International Active member of NANOS for 3 years and attended 5 NANOS Annual Meetings, you most likely qualify for the Fellow status. Read more here and apply today!

I HAVE A PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH MY NANOS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. HOW CAN I DO THIS?
At NANOS we are always proud to celebrate our member successes. Click here to learn more about the NANOS Member Recognition Program and share your story with us.


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DEI TASKFORCE REMINDER

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to the NANOS culture and we are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive Society for all. Update your demographic information (optional) in the NANOS member profile and help us ensure that we are a diverse, equitable, and inclusive group.

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Together we can overcome the challenges of today and build a better tomorrow for everyone.


UPFRONT CASES REMINDER


We appreciate all of your help with identifying and constructing UPFRONT cases, which are intended to be seen by PGY 1-3 neurology and ophthalmology residents (the target audience) and medical students, with an aim to expose them to and generate interest in our field.

As a reminder, we ask that all UPFRONT cases be constructed by Attendings, Fellows, or Residents, but not medical students. The reason for this is we have seen that the medical student constructed cases may misjudge the level of familiarity with the case content by ophthalmology and neurology residents, which has limited the ability of the case to engage the target audience. Students may participate and be associate authors, but not as the principal author. Please note that published cases appear on the JNO home page and are citable.


Click here for more information on UPFRONT cases. 


DONATE

Consider making a donation to NANOS today. Your contribution will help NANOS fulfill our mission, attract young neuro-ophthalmologists to our sub-specialty, foster research in Neuro-Ophthalmology, and continue high quality educational programs and successful Annual Meetings.


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


SAVE THE DATE FOR NANOS 2022


NANOS IS ON THE MOVE
The NANOS Executive Office has a new address. Effective September 1, 2021, NANOS's mailing address will be:

Winsor Office Plaza
1935 County Road B2 W Ste 165
Roseville, MN 55113

All email addresses and phone numbers will remain the same.


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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