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Letter from the Editor

By Ted Wirecki, M.D.

Welcome to the second issue of 2017 of the Magnet. I am pleased to say the first issue of this year, which is available only in an electronic format, was clicked open by more than sixty per cent of the  CTMSS membership.

This issue primarily focuses on our Society’s 5th Annual Meeting held in San Diego in May just prior to the American Psychiatric Association meeting. The previous four meetings were held in San Francisco, New York, Toronto and Atlanta. This year's meeting was the best attended and had the most content since the Society started. The depth of the scientific program was impressive. We are now a broadly international society with members from more than a dozen countries.  Our speakers at the meeting were from the US, Holland, Canada, New Zealand, Lebanon, Italy and Japan. It is amazing to see the progress made in various protocols which are producing shorter treatment times and improved outcomes. The number of research papers about TMS has been growing at an exponential rate recently. Insurance coverage has been increasing rapidly with all major commercial carriers and Medicare providing benefits for TMS, albeit sometimes with excessive restrictions. The field continues to grow, with many practitioners coming on every year. The number of available devices for lease or purchase also continues to increase. Joining Neuronetics from the US and Brainsway from Israel are Magventure from Denmark and Magstim from the UK, all with FDA clearance. Machines from Germany and Korea have submitted applications for clearance to the FDA. We had 14 exhibitors/partners at the exhibit, presenting products of interest to our members and helping subsidize the cost of this meeting. The meeting co-chairs, Paul Croarkin, DO and Todd Hutton, MD, and the Annual Meeting Committee worked tirelessly to make the meeting happen so successfully on top of their busy clinical and academic responsibilities and deserve our heartfelt gratitude.

Rich Bermudes, MD, completed his very successful term as our President at the Annual Meeting. Among his major achievements were stabilizing the Society’s leadership after a period of turmoil, and bringing in PESC (Professional Exchange Service Corporation) as our management staff. PESC has done a terrific job managing our Society, especial Marcel Bourdase, but also many others. Michelle Cochran, MD, has started her term as President. She has already contributed a great deal at the Board and committee level and I am certain will do a fantastic job in this leadership position.  Our Board of Directors continues with the normal rotation, with details available in this issue.

Also in this issue are articles about many of the presentations at the meeting. These are written in a newspaper format rather than a scientific format designed for peer reviewed publications. There are articles about PULSES, which is a TMS introductory workshop, mechanisms of action of TMS, an update on the theta burst protocol, board election results, a look at Mark George’s opening presentation focused both on the first 10 years of TMS following FDA approval and what we need scientifically in the decade to come, and a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put on an annual meeting. We will also have a brief report from the Insurance Committee. If you did not come to San Diego this year make sure you make in to New York in May 2018.

In the next issue we will have reports from our major committees, perhaps the CTMSS response to the recently published NNDC TMS Standards article, and some unexpected treats.