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Committees

By pooling together resources and experience, the Clinical TMS Society aims to optimize the administration of TMS, develop novel indications for treatment, expand insurance coverage, and increase public awareness of TMS around the world. To accomplish this, the Society has developed eight committees to lead in achieving this mission.

The Clinical Standards Committee

Chairs: Paul Croarkin, DO, Scott Aaronson, MD 
The Clinical Standards Committee will work on creating treatment guidelines for clinical practice and the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. These guidelines cover patient selection, use of protocols, and the level of training and supervision required for administration of treatment.

The Research Committee

Chairs: Frank Kozel, MD, Andrew Leuchter, MD
Policy and Procedures: This committee concerns itself with issues involving research related to clinical TMS. This includes highlighting new research findings in the TMS newsletter or by other appropriate means, assisting the Program Committee regarding the scientific content of the Annual Meeting, facilitating the research efforts CTMSS members by assisting with project development including suggesting collaboration among members, and participating in other relevant activities as requested by the Board of Directors. All decisions and resolutions will be referred to the Executive Committee for review and approval. Per the Bylaws, if there is more than one Chairperson, at least one of the Chairs must be a Director. Any members who miss 3 meetings within a year, without notification, will be removed from the committee. We formally meet every month for approximately one hour.

Mission Statement: The Research Committee of the Clinical TMS Society (CTMSS) will focus on providing its members and the TMS community with evidenced based information regarding the clinical use of TMS. The committee will highlight new research findings in the TMS newsletter or by other appropriate means, assist the Program Committee regarding the scientific content of the Annual Meeting, facilitate the research efforts of CTMSS members by assisting with project development including suggesting collaboration among members, and participate in other relevant activities as requested by the Board of Directors.

Committee Members

The Insurance Committee

Chairs: Rebecca Allen, MD, MPH, Richard Bermudes, MD
The Insurance Committee serves a critical role in expanding coverage across the nation. The committee will liaise with insurance companies to create policies relevant to treatment guidelines and will provide members with materials that will help with the pre-authorization and appeals processes.

The Outreach Committee

Chairs: Mohamed Abdelghani,  MBBCh, MSc, MRCPsych, Randy Pardell, MD Newsletter (MAGNET) Editor: Debbie Stultz, MD , Coeditor: Kevin Kinback, MD 
The Outreach Committee is the information hub for society members as well as the general public. The committee will develop and maintain the website that will have two components: a section open to the public to educate about TMS and a section for members only which will act as a resource for shared information. A quarterly newsletter will be published and will serve as a highlight of the work that has been done by the committees. The newsletter will cover topics across the spectrum for members, other clinicians and the public in general.

The Education Committee

Chairs: Suzanne Kerns, MD, Michelle Cochran, MD 
The Education Committee is focused on providing educational and training opportunities for clinicians, technicians, researchers, residents, and students centered around TMS and rTMS. It is the goal of the Education Committee to increase awareness of TMS and rTMS and to expand the educational and training options through the Clinical TMS Society. The Education Committee oversees PULSES; an introduction to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression.

The Membership Committee

Chairs: Mary Jo Hanigan, MD, Jorge Davila, MD
Membership growth is important for long-term viability, which is why the membership committee’s primary objective is to increase the number of members in the Society. This committee seeks to increase membership in all areas: clinical, research, technicians, students, business and international members. The committee meets bimonthly for one hour. Committee members are responsible for identifying new opportunities for membership campaigns and contributing membership related content for electronic and print media, the web and social media.

The Legal and Business Committee

Chairs: Ian Cook, MD, DFAPA
The Legal and Business Committee manages all legal and business issues related to the Society. It will inform and educate the members on establishing a practice, and managing legal aspects such as consents, malpractice insurance and training guidelines. This information will be made available through the newsletter and the CME courses.

The Annual Meeting Committee

Chairs: Richard Pitch, MD, Linda Carpenter, MD 
The Annual Meeting Committee will plan and host the annual meeting each year. We expect to build on the success of previous meetings and expand the opportunities for education.