A Message from your President, Deepak Sharma MD, DM
What an exciting time to be able to serve SNACC! Neuroscience continues to advance with a rapid pace and there is so much exciting new work happening in the field of perioperative neuroscience. The role of SNACC in advancing neuroscience, particularly in the context of anesthesia and surgery, has never been more critical and our impact and responsibility continue to grow. We embraced the three-pillar approach to advancing our mission – care of the neurologically impaired patient, the foundational neuroscience of anesthesiology, and the neurological outcome after non-neurosurgical procedures. Now is the time to implement a strategic plan for our vision! It is my honor to share some plans for the coming year.
SNACC has accomplished a major feat in the educational domain by launching the International Council on Perioperative Neurosciences Training (ICPNT) and starting the process of accreditation of neuroanesthesiology fellowship programs across the world. Moving forward, we will work on further standardization of training. We plan to introduce the Neuroanesthesiology Master Class to provide necessary common training to all neuroanesthesiology fellows. The past year saw us developing neuroanesthesiology education milestones. In the coming year, we will work on disseminating them and examining the impact on resident training. Our robust Education Committee continues to develop educational material for physicians at all levels of training. In addition this year, we will work on developing educational resources for our patients. I am confident our educational impact will only grow.
SNACC is an amazing platform for scientific exchange and for sharing and disseminating new research. The tremendous success of all William Young Research Award winners has demonstrated beyond doubt the importance of identifying and supporting new talent. We remain committed to supporting young investigators and specifically providing research funding to promising neuroscientists. We will increasingly focus on identifying newer strategies to generate more funds for research awards. We will work on another grand scientific program at our next Annual Meeting in addition to continuing to promote the annual Neuroscience Symposium hosted by SNACC. We will also promote scientific exchange at multiple other global venues. We will continue to enhance collaboration with our journal, the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology.
SNACC will continue to work hard on clinical advancements. We will update SNACC guidelines for perioperative stroke and anesthetic management of endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke. We will be working on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways for craniotomy and spine surgery. We will start collaborating with other organizations to lead the development of quality measures for neuroanesthesia and perioperative neuroscience.
In order for us to accomplish our ambitious goals, we will need to enhance the visibility and impact of SNACC. Toward this end, we will proactively work on creating new alliances, affiliations, collaborations and partnerships with other organizations whose missions align with ours. We will specifically focus on global outreach and work on strengthening our membership to promote diversity and inclusivity. Our members have welcomed the Women In Neuroanesthesiology and Neuroscience Education and Research (WINNER) program and we will work on promoting it.
For overall success of the organizations, ensuring financial stability is a must and we will be appointing a dedicated committee to focus on all aspects of finances including, but not limited to, fundraising, philanthropy, sponsorship and revenue stream. We will reorganize other committees and subcommittees to help us achieve our goals. We will also work on leadership development and mentorship. Most importantly, we will undertake formal strategic planning for the next five years and implement it for long-term success of SNACC. I invite you to join us in our efforts and support them in any way you can.
As I start my term as the SNACC President, I take the pledge to work one extra weekend and donate the earnings to the William Young Award Fund. I invite you to join me in this pledge! I am proud to be a SNACC member and privileged to have the opportunity to serve.
Deepak Sharma MD, DM
President, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care