SCHAUMBURG, Ill, April 7, 2015 — The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is proud to announce the inauguration of its CNS Leadership Fellows program, an initiative that provides leadership opportunities for Resident members in their organization. Leadership Fellows serve on CNS standing committees at the ground level and in a more formalized way than ever before, giving young neurosurgeons-in-training a voice within one of the world’s most influential neurosurgical societies.
Resident Committee Chair Krystal Tomei, MD, was instrumental in spearheading the initiative. “In talking to residents, there is a lot of interest in getting involved,” said Dr. Tomei. “I was involved early in my training and it gave me a greater appreciation of the volunteer time that is committed on behalf of all leaders in the field of neurosurgery. Their participation allows them to give back to their field as well.”
After an overwhelming response to the call for applications from ACME accredited residency programs, the CNS Resident Committee, in conjunction with the respective committee chairs, selected 36 Resident members to serve on seven different CNS committees: Development, International, CNS University, Resident, CNS Quarterly, Fellowship, and SANS. Residents serve for a two-year, renewable term.
Residents serving as Leadership Fellows engage fully in the CNS leadership structure, are exposed to committee processes, and gain a deeper understanding of all roles in the organization. Fellows also participate in all CNS committee activities, including attending their respective committee meetings.
The addition of residents to the existing committee structure signals a successful start to increasing leadership opportunities for resident members and continues the CNS’s mission to foster leadership by providing educational and career development opportunities. To learn more about the new Leadership Fellows, visit cns.org/residentinvolvement. Talk with the CNS on Twitter @CNS_Update, #CNS2015, or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.