EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Education Committee Update

Laura Hemmer, MD, FASA
Education Committee Chair

John Bebawy, MD
Outgoing Education Committee Chair

Amie Hoefnagel, MD
Laura Hemmer, MD, FASA
John F. Bebawy, MD
John Bebawy, MD

The SNACC Education committee met during the SNACC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona after another productive year, thanks to the members’ immense contributions. Numerous content additions were made throughout the year to this trusted educational resource for both SNACC members and non-members. One exciting new initiative from the committee was the live problem-based learning discussions (PBLDs) at the Annual Meeting, which were enthusiastically received by participants. Congratulations to the PBLD group: Drs. Shaun Gruenbaum, Letha Mathews, Ryan Pong, Hemanshu Prabhakar, and Shilpa Rao for pulling off this major endeavor. The Neuroanesthesia Quiz, lead by Drs. Shobana Rajan, Verghese Cherian, Suneeta Gollapudy, Marie Angele Théard and Hui Yang continues to be very popular and is published monthly. The SNACC Bibliography, spearheaded by Drs. Rachel Kutteruf and Hemanshu Prabhakar, along with its numerous annual contributors, was released on the SNACC website recently. 

In the year ahead, plans are in place to continue with PBLDs, and there will likely be more live PBLD sessions at future SNACC Annual Meetings. Article of the Month and Experts’ Audio Corner offerings have been popular online, and these groups have continuing and new members to help maintain and reinvigorate their production. Interactive Neuromonitoring Cases will continue and may expand to other types of interactive cases.  A new initiative for development of simulation scenarios has begun and is being led by Dr. Angela Builes, with major contribution from Dr. Julia Metzner. Another new initiative, as envisioned by current SNACC President Dr. Deepak Sharma, is underway to develop patient education materials that are specific to neuroanesthesia. We look forward to these new items from Drs. Lauren Dunn, Basma Mohamed and Jamie Uejima. Lastly, to enhance usability of the website and for social media integration, we appreciate the Communications Committee’s work, and our committee liaisons to the Communications Committee, led by Dr. Jacqueline Morano. We are excited for what the Education committee has in store going forward for our members and for those who are not members yet. Please feel free to reach out to the committee leadership anytime with ideas and suggestions on how we can improve our value to you.

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