The Pharmacy Section of the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) has established guidelines and financial support for an Invited Clinical Pharmacist (ICP) Program.  
Purpose

 The purpose of the NCS ICP Program is to promote and increase neurocritical care pharmacy practice. During a 1-2 day program, the invited clinical pharmacist will be expected to interact with pharmacy practitioners, attend rounds and provide a guest lecture. Additional activities should be proposed by the inviting site.
Eligibility

Inviting Site
Any current NCS member may apply for the program on behalf of their medical center or university. They should not have received the award in the previous three years. The inviting institution is responsible for securing any permission for the ICP faculty to participate in any activity involving patient care.

Visiting Clinical Professor
The ICP must be a current member of NCS pharmacy committee who is recognized for their outstanding clinical practice and/or teaching. To be recognized as outstanding, the ICP should have evidence of advancing the practice of critical care medicine, with a particular emphasis in neurocritical care. Below are the list of qualifications. The FNCS committee of NCS will review the applications and select the most qualified candidate based on the needs of the inviting institution. The ICP should not have been selected in the previous two years.

Qualifications for ICP

Academic Centers:
  • Must have Post Graduate (PGY2) training in critical care or equivalent critical care experience
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in neuro ICU
  • Must have leadership experience within NCS (FNCS members are preferred)
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in a teaching/academic hospital
  • Must be board certified in pharmacotherapy or critical care pharmacotherapy
  • Must have at least 3 publications in neuro ICU topics
Community Centers:
  • Must have post Graduate (PGY2) training in critical care or equivalent critical care experience
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in neuro ICU
  • Must have leadership experience within NCS (FNCS members are preferred)
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in a community hospital, community based teaching hospital, or in health systems
  • Must be board certified in pharmacotherapy or critical care pharmacotherapy
  • Must have at least 3 publications in neuro ICU topics
Time
The visit will be a minimum of one business day and is not expected to be greater than two days.
Application

Process for Application
All application materials must be submitted via this online submission link by 11:59pm CT on Friday, December 31, 2021.

Award Selection and Notification
The application will be reviewed by the FNC committee of Pharmacy Committee of NCS. If accepted, the inviting site will be notified by email.

The ICP Program award is subject to available funds.
Funding and Reimbursement

The ICP will be provided financial support to offset the expense of travel, lodging and food. The total cost reimbursed for each ICP site visit should not exceed $2,000 and is subject to adjustments. Funding is meant to offset the expenses of the ICP and will not be provided to the applicant or their institution. Up to two proposals may be funded during each funding cycle, based on available funds.

In regards to travel accommodations, the ICP has the option to either personally schedule his/her flight and then submit for reimbursement following the site visit or have all flight arrangements coordinated through NCS.  For more information on arranging your flight through NCS, please contact Julia Welch at jwelch@neurocriticalcare.org.

In order for the ICP to be reimbursed for travel, lodging, and food expenses, all original receipts must be submitted to Julia Welch at jwelch@neurocriticalcare.org.
Experience Obligations

Inviting Site
Pre-Experience
  • Complete and submit the ICP Program application online (link on NCS website)
  • Include an updated copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Include a letter of support from a Pharmacy Director, Department Chair, or an ICU Director.
  • Provide a proposed itinerary for the ICP.
Post-Experience
  • Within two weeks of the completed visit, provide a written description of your experience (maximum of one page) to Salia Farrokh, PharmD, BCCCP at sfarrok1@jhmi.edu.  This may be developed into an article for Currents.
  • The inviting NCS pharmacist member may be asked to present their experience at a subsequent NCS Annual Meeting during a pharmacy-related event.
Invited Clinical Pharmacist
Post-Experience
  • The ICP may be asked to present their experience at a subsequent Annual Meeting.

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