FIENS New Board Structure
Since it was established in 1969, FIENS has carried out its primary mission by sending neurosurgeon volunteers and equipment to neurosurgical residency training programs in the developing world. As we enter a time of revolutionary change in healthcare, communication, and education in neurosurgery, FIENS is also transforming itself. Major organizational changes have been undertaken with the leadership of Robert Dempsey and the FIENS officers and Board. The current Board composed of neurosurgeons will retain operational responsibility for the organization, driving forward a slate of changes with a renewed vigor and commitment.
In addition, a Community Board has been established composed of leaders in other fields, such as education, communications, logistics, health care, and philanthropy. Directors who serve on the Community Board will be charged with enhancing the way we accomplish our mission, bringing a new level of expertise and competencies to FIENS. All Directors on both boards have made a commitment to a generous cash contribution to FIENS as part of their service. We are grateful for their support.
FIENS New Membership Categories
In order to better engage volunteers and the mission
as a whole, FIENS has created a new General Member
category. We encourage you and any like-minded colleagues to become a FIENS member and lend your support. In addition to a chance to propel forward a great effort, members will gain access to additional support for volunteer trips. A new on-line "toolkit" will help neurosurgeon volunteers join an existing site or develop
a brand-new one. Meanwhile, a new Resident Member category will allow residents and fellows to participate
in FIENS activities and gain an early familiarity with neurosurgical volunteerism and philanthropy. While the new category of General Member involves a modest annual tax-deductible* contribution of $100, there is a hardship exemption that anyone who cannot afford to pay it can apply for.