Residents, Students, and Fellows Membership Special
CALLING PROGRAM DIRECTORS, TRAINING SUPERVISORS, DEPARTMENT HEADS!
The American Epilepsy Society has limited funding available providing reduced fees for the first year of membership, to individuals enrolled in full-time training programs related to the field of epilepsy. Please share this information with your Residents, Students, and Fellows! (These funds are limited to 125 membership applications and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis).
Residents, Students, and Fellows benefit from two special funds that have been established with their particular budgetary and financial constraints in mind. The AES Presidential Fund was established in 2009 by then AES President, Steven C. Schachter, M.D. Each President serving after Dr. Schachter has continued the tradition of supporting students, residents, and fellows by earmarking funds to subsidize the first year of membership for these individuals.
Those individuals training in psychiatry would benefit from the professional networking and collaboration AES membership provides. A fund has been added to assist those individuals enrolled in either psychiatric residency or fellowship programs. The Kenneth R. Kaufman Fund for Psychiatry was created by Kenneth R. Kaufman, M.D., MRCP, (former Membership Committee Chair), to increase the number of psychiatrists in AES and by so doing increase the visibility of the psychiatric aspects of epilepsy.
Just 1-1.5% of AES members are psychiatrists, yet literature notes that control of depression has a direct correlation to improvement in Quality of Life, whereas number of seizures do not. Dr. Kaufman felt that increasing the number of psychiatrists involved in the care of persons with epilepsy would decrease the treatment gap. This fund has the potential to subsidize 75 qualified students training in Psychiatry for AES membership.
The following observation illustrates Dr. Kaufman’s position regarding the connection between psychiatry and epilepsy:
“Please take a moment to consider the reason why epileptologists are required to have psychiatric training: 60-80% of patients with epilepsy have a psychiatric co-morbid disorder as well as a three-five fold increase in suicide risk. The quality of care provided to patients with epilepsy is greatly enhanced when psychiatrists are involved in their treatment.”
In addition, each year, there is an award for best psychiatric paper/poster at the AES Annual Meeting.
The following are regular and reduced rates for Junior Membership:
- Regular: $75 without Epilepsia - $35 with discount
- Regular: $150 with Epilepsia - $110 with discount
We are confident that the addition of students, residents, and fellows to our Society’s membership will result in a greater cross-breeding of clinical knowledge with the potential for significant joint clinical research efforts.
Consider AES Junior Membership Today: