A Message from Your President Rafi Avitsian, MD, FASA
On behalf of the SNACC Executive Council, I would like to welcome you to our web page.
We now realize that science is progressing faster than it has historically been documented. In recent years, the evolution of machine learning, big data and artificial intelligence has awakened us to the reality that we still have many uncharted territories in neurosciences, including perioperative neuroscience. Although our mission – the art and science of taking care of the neurologically impaired patients – has remained unchanged, we have had to redefine our strategies to reach our goals. A few years ago, we changed the society name to illustrate the extent of our interest in neuroscience. We also introduced the three-pillar concept of SNACC, i.e. care of the neurologically impaired patient, the foundational neuroscience of anesthesiology, and the neurological outcome after non-neurosurgical procedures. One would never have thought that the stance of the society would advance so much. Last year we restated the importance of all- inclusivity for the society by creating the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion with the aim of enhancing the experience of all SNACC members regardless of their gender, religious affiliation, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. In this way we are able to recognize the talent and willingness to contribute, thus creating an all-inclusive collegial environment in which all members can advance and succeed in their career.
This year, I aim to continue the efforts in enhancing global membership. Our society is an international society despite the fact that its organizational structure is based in the USA. Some of our most engaged members, best speakers, prominent members and past presidents have their careers and practices outside of United States, and I express my sincere gratitude for their selfless dedication to their society. If we claim we are all-inclusive, we should identify tactics of enhancing global membership. We have reached out to other sister societies that have a mission in line with ours and have encouraged closer collaborations.
Another significant pending task is completion of the preliminary and preparatory work of the International Council for Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT). There is significant progress but we are aiming to receive applications from some interested fellowship programs in 2019.
Our 47th Annual Meeting will not be at the same time and place as the ASA Annual Meeting. This will be hard work for the Board of Directors, committees and our management company, but we are confident that with your support we will be able to provide one of the best scientific programs, in one of the finest family-friendly venues.
We are confident that our next generation of perioperative neuroscientists will provide an even more comprehensive understanding of how we can improve outcomes for patients. Let us make the path easier for them by joining our efforts in expanding our scientific network to improve our basic science and clinical expertise. We can achieve this goal by advancing education in the perioperative neurosciences and eliminating barriers that hinder our scientific advancement. There should not be any artificial borders in science.
Rafi Avitsian, MD, FASA
President, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology & Critical Care