EDUCATION CORNER

The Story of SNACC Newsletter

 


Girija Prasad Rath, MD, DM
Professor, Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India


Reza Gorji, MD, FASA
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, NY, USA


Andrew Kofke, MD, MBA, FCCM, FNCS
Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Neurosurgery
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

The bulletin published on the 15th of August 1973 could be the first Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) which was started with the name ‘Neurosurgical Anesthesiology Society (NAS)’ (Figure 1). However, as per the information available on the SNACC website (www.snacc.org) and other sources, the Newsletter (NL) was introduced as the Fall issue on 15th November 1974 [1]. During the initial days, it was printed as a quarterly publication, and the SNACC Secretary-Treasurer was given the responsibility of NL publication, who additionally acted as the Editor. Earlier versions of the NL have been available on the webpage from 1983 (Fall issue) onwards [2], during which the Society was still known as the ‘Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology and Neurologic Supporting Care (SNANSC)’. It published lecture summaries and abstracts of the 11th Annual Meeting held at Atalanta. In 1986, the Spring issue, edited by Wayne Marshall, introduced ‘The Forum’ as a permanent educational column for the NL. ‘The Forum’ was collated and edited by David Smith, MD, PhD; it was an experiment to create an informal exchange of information and ideas of interest for those involved in the perioperative neurosciences. It was not peer-reviewed and reflected only the opinion of the author(s). The first topic in this context was written by David Smith himself on ‘Intraoperative Glucose’, which used to be a topic of interest at that time. At the Annual Meeting 1986, SNANSC was rechristened as the Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care (SNACC) in order to recognize the importance of critical care in neurologically injured patients. The Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (JNA) was introduced in 1989, with James E. Cottrell, MD, serving as the Editor and John Hartung, PhD, as the Associate Editor. In 1991, JNA invited NL to be published in its medium, and the SNACC membership voted in favor of it. Such an arrangement helped reduce the cost to SNACC and publish the NL in two pages per issue in the JNA quarterly. However, it led to the discontinuation of ‘The Forum’ from the NL, which continued for many years with the support of Andrew Kofke, MD, and Susan Porter, MD; it was not possible to run a journal within a journal [3]. Until the year 2000 (Winter issue), the NL was published with the JNA [4]; the materials mainly included information about the annual meetings and Society related decisions that were taken during the board meetings. In the subsequent year (2001 Winter issue), a separate electronic issue of the NL was released; a decision was taken to further improvise it, distribution of only electronic format by subsequent year and hard copy format for the members, availability in the SNACC website along with appropriate URLs [5].

Figure 1: First (available) news bulletin of the Newsletter

From 2003-04 onwards, an additional editorial responsibility of the NL was assigned to the newly created post of Vice-President for Communications (Sulpicio G Soriano, MD) instead of the Secretary-Treasurer who used to manage; and this practice was continued till 2012. The information included the president’s message, annual meeting details, meeting registration form, scientific schedule, acknowledgments for awarded SNACC members, and other related topics. Reza Gorji, MD, took over as the regular Editor for the NL from the 2012 Fall issue onwards and managed it until 2017 (Fall issue). Subsequently (2017 Winter issue), Fenghua Li, MD was given the responsibility of Editor-in-Chief; a team of Assistant Editors supported him.

In 2014, an additional Spanish version of the NL was also prepared to increase its readership [2]. The year 2017 (Fall issue) witnessed the release of the digital issue (new look and new format) of the NL displayed on the SNACC website with an abbreviated URL for each issue [2,7]. Apart from English, the digital NL has been published in three other languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese from 2018 (Fall issue) onwards. The digital version has different regular features based on which various information/ articles are invited for publication. A new section on ‘International News’ (currently known as the ‘Global News’) was introduced by Girija Rath, MD (NL Assistant Editor), in the winter issue of 2017. It mainly highlights the neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care activities of different countries. This section also publishes international meeting reports related to perioperative neuroscience.

The previous dropdowns with regular headings/articles for the digital NL were in continued publication after Girija Rath, MD, DM, took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2020 (Winter issue). The main features of the NL included SNACC Committee Reports, Member’s Section, Annual Meeting update, Education Corner, Global News, and translated articles. In addition, based on the growing popularity of the International Council of Perioperative Neurosciences Training (ICPNT), a new dropdown with multiple articles was initiated in 2020 for its members, program fellows, and faculties.

The SNACC newsletter continues to disseminate information on SNACC’s mission and activities for the global audience. There have been many changes in its look and format in all these years since it was first published. With its digital format and publication in three languages other than English, it aims to be available to all practitioners in neuroanesthesia and neuroscientists.

References:

  1. https://snacc.org/about/snacc-history/
  2. https://snacc.org/publications/newsletters/
  3. Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care Newsletter. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 1992;4(3): 227-228.
  4. SNACC Newsletter. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2000;12(1):270-273.
  5. SNACC Annual Business Meeting Review. SNACC Newsletter. 2001 (Winter issue): p4.
  6. SNACC News. 2004 (Fall/ Winter issue).
  7. https://snacc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/fall/
Year* Name of the Editor*
1976 – 2003 Secretary-Treasurer cum SNACC News Editor
1992 David S Warner, MD
1996 Jeffery R Kirsch, MD

Petricia H Petrozza, MD

1999 Daniel J Cole, MD
2000 Tod B Solan, MD
2001 Karen Domino, MD
2003 – 2012 Vice President for Communications cum SNACC News Editor
2003 – 04 Sulpicio G Soriano, MD
2005 Basil Matta, FRCA
2006 – 07 Monica Vavilala, MD
2008 -11 Andrew Kofke, MD
2012 – 2017 Reza Gorji, MD
2017 – 2020 Fenghua Li, MD
2020 – 2022 Girija Rath, MD, DM
2022 (Winter Issue)- Tumul Chowdhury, MD, DM, FRCPC

*Compiled based on the information available

Disclosure(s): The contributors of this article are past editors of the SNACC newsletter

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