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 December 2021 issue and click here to check out our past issues.
VOLUNTEER CORNER - NANOS HEROES
Meet our December hero and NANOS 2020 Merit Award recipient, Dr. Kimberly Winges.
Kimberly Winges, MD
Ophthalmology or Neurology? Ophthalmology
What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship?
When taking a history of present illness, see if you can get the patient to re-create their symptoms in clinic. For example, with diplopia, have the patient put up their hands in front of their face to show you how they see double (Is one image rotated? How far apart are they?). Having the patient recreate their symptoms often points you to both the severity of their condition and the diagnosis far before your exam.
What are the top 3 things you’ve learned over the last 5 years?
1) You may not have a great answer, but you are likely the most knowledgeable person in the room, so accept that modern medicine doesn’t always have the answers and know your evidence when it does.
2) Doctoring is as much listening and being a consistent presence for the patient as it is performing tests and providing treatments. Sometimes I feel like a therapist, and that’s ok.
3) Career satisfaction is what you make of it and it will evolve with time—be open to new opportunities to change your perspective, responsibilities, or setting. It keeps you humble and challenges you to stay engaged.
Tell us about your involvement with NANOS!
I attended my first NANOS meeting in 2007 as a Howard Hughes Medical Student Fellow and was attracted to this close-knit group of accomplished clinicians and educators, who were as down-to-earth as they were brilliant and dedicated to life-long education. NANOS as a “tribe” inspired me as much as the actual pathology in neuro-ophthalmology. As such, I presented multiple platforms and posters in training, including a Best Abstract Award as a fellow, and I have attended every meeting since my second year of residency. I volunteered on a whim for the Women in Neuro-Ophthalmology (WIN) Committee and later served as its chair, where I had my first opportunity to develop part of NANOS and to advocate for my female colleagues. By growing WIN and forming instrumental partnerships with other organizations, my career and our society has benefited.
What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS?
Take advantage of our small, intimate network—we are as approachable as we look! Volunteer for one activity or committee you think you’d be good at, and one thing of which you have little expertise. Use this society to explore your interests in research and clinical knowledge, or develop other skills that aren’t taught in medical school, such as business, advocacy, and social justice. If you have a unique skill or connection to an outside organization, help build the NANOS network by connecting them and/or using your expertise to educate NANOS members, as we all grow that way.
What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS?
Not just those individuals whom I admire and revere, but also those whom I’ve mentored in their early stages, have become my mentors in return. This has brought me much fulfillment and happiness in my career thus far. Sponsor and promote your colleagues, and it will come back to you in friendship and partnership for life.
Click here to read interviews from other dedicated volunteers and heroes of NANOS.
NANOS PILOT GRANT RESEARCH PROGRAM
NANOS recognizes the need to stimulate investigator-initiated research programs in Neuro-Ophthalmology. The NANOS Pilot Research Grant Program provides a one-year, non-renewable source of funding to help principal investigators generate preliminary data that will lead to additional funding from other national agencies or foundations. Submission deadline is January 17, 2022.
Please submit one PDF of the entire application materials to email@example.com.
Click here to learn more.
DR. IVY DREIZIN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT GRANT
NANOS recognizes the need to stimulate leadership development in diverse members of its community. The Dr. Ivy Dreizin Leadership Development Grant (previously named the NANOS WIN Leadership Grant) provides a one-time, non-renewable source of funding to support leadership development for a NANOS member. Submission deadline is January 17, 2022.
Please submit one PDF of the entire application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for specific award details.
CALL FOR 2024 FRANK B. WALSH MEETING HOST
NANOS is still accepting applications to host the 2024 Frank B. Walsh Meeting. The 2024 Frank B. Walsh Meeting will take place March 3, 2024 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, HI. Put your stamp on this seminal event and become a part of the Walsh legacy!
The Walsh subcommittee is here to help every step of the way. You can even submit a joint application with another institution. Click here to download the application and apply today! Completed applications should be mailed to email@example.com by January 7th, 2022.
NANOS 2022 ANNUAL MEETING REMINDERS
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
The North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) invites you to attend the 48th Annual Meeting. The in-person meeting takes place February 12-17, 2022 at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, TX.
Click here to register.
Click here to view the 2022 Annual Meeting registration fees.
Early registration ends December 31st, 2021 so register TODAY!
NANOS is committed to the health and well-being of our members, meeting attendees, staff, exhibitors, and meeting contractors. All attendees and guests to the NANOS 48th Annual Meeting in Austin must be fully vaccinated. You (and any guests) will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to receive your name badge and enter the meeting space. Instructions on verifying vaccination will be sent closer to the meeting.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AWARDS
NANOS leadership and the International Relations Committee would like to acknowledge those international groups/organizations that support travel award for individuals to attend the NANOS 2022 Annual Meeting.
Please click here to complete a short survey by February 7th, 2022 if you are aware of any award winner names/organizations that are providing travel awards for the NANOS meeting in 2022. Please note that if you have multiple names to submit, you can do so by re-accessing the Survey Monkey after you make the initial submission.
All individuals and organizations will be recognized at the NANOS Annual Banquet on February 16, 2022.
HOTEL ROOM BLOCK
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.
EXHIBIT AND SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES
Click here to view the Exhibit and Support Prospectus that provides unique opportunities to amplify your brand, establish your thought leadership and maximize your impact among neuro-ophthalmology professionals.
Ready to commit? Click here to pay by credit card. Click here to pay by invoice.
RECEPTIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Welcome Reception – Reconnect with your NANOS colleagues at the Welcome Reception on Saturday, February 12th from 6:00 - 9:30 pm. All attendees and guests are welcome at the reception from 6:00 - 7:30 pm followed by a line dancing lesson led by professionals from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided at the reception.
Members in Training Reception – All Students, Residents, and Fellows-in-Training are invited to this reception on Sunday, February 13th from 5:45 - 6:45 pm. This reception is a great opportunity to network and connect with NANOS leadership and Fellowship Directors as well as learn about neuro-ophthalmology fellowships.
Meet the Poster Author: Analytical Studies Reception – Tuesday, February 15th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This is your chance to ask questions and learn more about the Analytical Studies posters. Heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet included. Guest tickets are available for purchase with online registration or onsite.
Annual Banquet – Put on your best Western attire and join us Wednesday, February 16th at 6:30 pm for a fun night of celebration! Dinner and awards from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Music and dancing from 8:00 pm - midnight and group line dancing performances are encouraged! We will also have a photo booth with props so you can take home a memento from the evening. Guest tickets are available for purchase with online registration or onsite.
Professional Headshot Booth – Need a new professional headshot? Stop by the professional headshot booth from Sunday through Tuesday to have one taken. Complimentary for all attendees and guests.
A limited number of tours are available for NANOS attendees on Tuesday afternoon, February 15th. Click on the links below to learn more and book the tour. The below tours will depart from the lobby of the JW Marriot Austin. Tours are organized and managed by AO Tours Austin.
Austin Art & Architecture 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Austin + Hill Country with stops 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Austin + Hill Country 90 minute non-stop tour 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Interested in organizing your own fun with your NANOS colleagues? Use this form to connect with each other to plan activities during free time.
2021 JOHN F. MORGAN DISTINGUISHED FACULTY LECTURE
|Nancy Newman, MD & Valerie Biosse, MD
Nancy J. Newman, MD and Valerie Biousse, MD delivered Emory University’s 2021 John F. Morgan, Sr. Distinguished Faculty Lecture on September 29, 2021. Created to honor John F. Morgan, Sr., former Chair of Emory’s Board of Trustees, the annual lecture is given by an Emory faculty member “who is at the pinnacle of their career” chosen from across all schools at Emory University. This year’s lecture was entitled “Ophthalmoscopy in the 21st Century: From Candlelight to Artificial Intelligence” and was the first time the Morgan Lecture was given by a member of Emory’s department of ophthalmology and the first time it was delivered as a “duet”. Congratulations Drs. Newman and Biousse!
FORBES ISRAELI DOCTORS 2021
|Shlomo Dotan, MD
Congratulations to Dr. Shlomo Dotan, Neuro-Ophthalmology specialist for more than 30 years, for being selected as one of the 100 Forbes Israeli Doctors 2021. This is the eighth year in which Forbes Magazin published the list of the best doctors in Israel - a professional, impartial, and unique list of its kind, which presents a wide range of the best doctors by specialization and sub-specialization.
ARTIST AND A NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGIST
|Norman Schatz, MD
Norman J. Schatz, MD is an artist and a neuro-ophthalmologist. As an artist, he is using the highest technology available and makes art without a brush, paints or a canvas. Click here to check out Dr. Schatz's prolific art portfolio and learn more about his second career.
WOMEN IN OPHTHALMOLOGY - EMERGING LEADER AWARD
|Ahmara Ross, MD
Congratulations to Dr. Ahmara Ross for receiving the Emerging Leader Award through Women in Ophthalmology. This award recognizes individuals who are newer to practice and have already made significant contributions to Women in Ophthalmology and/or to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service. Dr. Ross is trained and clinically practices both glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute and has public, private, and industry sponsorship for her research program which investigates the use of gene therapies in neuro-protection for retinal ganglion cells. In addition to her contributions to basic science, she has been an active member of NANOS through YONO and WIN. She was also an selected in 2019 as the Thomas and Susan Carlow Young Investigator Award.
NANOS AT AAO
Thank you to our NANOS volunteers for putting on another successful Neuro-Opththalmology Subspecialty day at the 2021 AAO Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
2021 WILLIAM F. HOYT LECTURE
|Andrew Lee, MD & Valerie Biousse, MD
Congratulations again to our very own NANOS President, Valerie Biousse, MD, for presenting the 2021 William F. Hoyt Lecture entitled "Acute Retinal Ischemia: Time for Action!"
Click here to check out an interview with Dr. Biousse where she discusses the essential points from her lecture.
PRACTICE SUPPORT TOOLS
NEW! NANOS MEMBER AND PRODUCTIVITY AND COMPENSATION TOOLKIT
The NANOS Productivity and Compensation Committee has created a Productivity and Compensation Toolkit which is now posted in the Practice Support Tools corner (member-only resource). This toolkit is available as a resource for NANOS members regarding the clinical value and uniqueness of Neuro-Ophthalmology.
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.
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.
DECEMEBER ISSUE OF JNO NOW AVAILABLE
Click here for a direct link to the online edition of the December JNO. Members can also read the journal using the 'JNO Online' link in the members-only area of the NANOS website (login required).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information.
NOVEL VISUAL DIAGNOSIS CHALLENGE
What findings are seen here on the external photographs and fundus photos? What is top on your differential diagnosis? Click here to find out these answers and more.
FEATURED JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Neuro-Ophthalmologist at Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor level at Johns Hopkins University • Learn more
Clincial Neuro-Ophthalmologist at Swedish Neuroscience Institute • Learn more
Ophthalmologist with Subspecialty in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center • Learn more
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR NANOS FELLOW STATUS?
Those eligible for this membership status are NANOS Active Members who have been a member for a minimum of 3 years and have attended a minimum of 5 NANOS Annual Meetings. Eligible candidates must also have demonstrated special achievement in clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology and have completed one year of AUPO-approved Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship, or have practiced clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology or have performed research in Neuro-Ophthalmology for 3 years.
Are you eligible for Fellow Status and want to be recognized at the NANOS 2022 Annual Meeting? Submit your application to email@example.com.
Read more here and apply today.
Due date: January 7, 2022
I HAVE A CLINICAL SURVEY THAT I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST NANOSNET PARTICIPATION IN. CAN I PROMOTE IT ON THE NANOSNET EMAIL LIST?
We can help you with this request. Please click here to review the NANOS Clinical Survey and Investigation Request Policy and send your request to the NANOS Executive Office.
Make sure to subscribe to the NANOS listservs to stay connected and network with fellow professionals.
- NANOSNET DISCUSSION FORUM: The NANOSNET listserv is a private forum maintained by NANOS for use by its members and selected other participants with a professional interest in neuro-ophthalmology.
- YONO DISCUSSION FORUM: The goal of this discussion forum is geared towards the young/new neuro-ophthalmology community and provides a platform to share resources and collaborate.
- WIN DISCUSSION FORUM: The goal of the NANOS Women in Neuro-ophthalmology listserv is to be an easy communication portal between interested women of NANOS in order to facilitate open dialog on subjects that are of interest to its members.
Click here to review the NANOS Listserv Rules and Terms.
To get subscribed or request changes in your email address or other personal information, please email the NANOS Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE NANOS EXECUTIVE OFFICE
WISHING YOU COMFORT, HEALTH, HOPE AND JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND INTO THE NEW YEAR.
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