Education Committee Update


Laura Hemmer, M.D., FASA
Chair, SNACC Education Committee

The Education Committee continues to be a trusted educational resource for both SNACC members and non-members.  Many of us were able to finally meet again in-person at the committee meeting held during the SNACC 2022 Annual Meeting in Seattle, and here is a summary of work highlights and planning of the committee during this year.

The Patient Safety group, with a focus on patient safety and quality improvement, has officially launched! The group has decided to focus content on neuro IR and stroke thrombectomy procedures for this first year, and their initial contribution can be found in the August edition of the SNACC Newsletter. Also, please take the SurveyMonkey survey included in the August Newsletter, as your feedback and input will help guide future discussion on this topic by the group.  The Education Committee was also happy to facilitate in-person PBLD sessions at the Annual Meeting this year.  Feedback from the PBLDs was once again very positive, thanks to the preparation and expertise of the presenters.  If you weren’t able to attend a PBLD, PBLDs will be published on the SNACC website during 2023.  Thank you to SNACC members who have already presented PBLDs, and, if you are interested in presenting or have a topic suggestion, please contact me so I can share your interest with the PBLD group for consideration for 2023. Several varied (but all directly clinically applicable to neuroanesthesiology) articles and related commentary have been added to the Education Corner area of the SNACC website by the Article of the Month group this year and the Clinical Audio Corner has a recent new edition on the SNACC website regarding neuroanesthesia practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Patient Education group’s development of patient education material for patients anticipating neurosurgery should soon be available on the SNACC website to help patients prepare for craniotomy (awake and asleep), spine surgery, and neuro IR procedures.  Some neuroanesthesia-based simulation scenarios will become available to be used by faculty with trainees, and the first one focusing on venous air embolism will be available soon from the Simulation Scenarios group.  The Bibliography has been on hold (first because of the pandemic and then this year as additional time was needed during the transition to the new SNACC management company for accessing this portion of the SNACC website).  Thus, an update will occur in 2023.

The Neuroanesthesia Quiz group produces the most frequent Education Committee offering, and numerous SNACC members comment that they regularly utilize the quiz for teaching and learning.  During the past year, the quiz group has been excellently led by Dr. Suneeta Gollapudy, and she has now requested to transition the group lead to Dr. Tumul Chowdhury, who has kindly agreed and who also been a long-time quiz group contributor.  After years of dedicated work on this group Drs. Marie Angele Theard and Verghese Cherian are requesting to cycle off the group.  Thank you, very much, to this incredible group, which, in addition to Drs. Chowdhury, Cherian, Gollapudy, and Theard, included Drs. Sonal Sharma and Hui Yang this year.  With increasing clinical and other demands on many, please look for the neuroanesthesia quiz every-other-month instead of monthly going forward.

Thank you, very much, to all the Education Committee members who dedicate tremendous expertise, time, and effort in the contributions offered by the committee.  With all the work of the committee, there is room for more SNACC member volunteers.  Please let me know if you would like to kindly volunteer to help by sending an email to me with your area of interest and with a brief summary of your professional background.  Also, please feel free to reach out to the committee leadership anytime with ideas and suggestions on how we can improve our value to you. Finally, the Education Committee very much appreciates work by the Communications Committee, as they highlight and publicize new contributions from the Education Committee so members know when and where to find these offerings.

Back to top