Contribute to the Worldwide Neuroanesthesia Educational Network! 


W. Andrew Kofke, MD, MBA, FNCS 
University of Pennsylvania 

ICPNT is growing in terms of activities and international interest. We now have opportunities for neuroanesthesia educators everywhere to contribute. There are needs for participation in committees, as speakers for ICPNT webinars, and, if you have been previously contributing to SNACC, ICPNT, or other perioperative neuroscience societies, there will be two openings in the ICPNT Executive Committee in September.  Please contact Andrew Kofke or any of the below-noted committee chairs if you want to participate in ICPNT in any of these areas.  Review of the ICPNT committee structure clearly indicates room for energetic neuroanesthesia educators to make a meaningful contribution. 

The recently formed committees in ICPNT, their missions, and leadership follow. 

1. ICPNT Executive Committee  

  • Charge: The ICPNT EC has the decision-making authority to determine the structure, actions and plans of the Council subject to the approval of the SNACC EC. The ICPNT EC will consult with the broader Council when enacting fundamental changes to the program (e.g. program curricula requirements, bylaws, charter). The ICPNT EC has the authority to appoint ad hoc committees or working groups to address specific issues or tasks as needed. 

Chair:  Andrew Kofke 

2. Communications Committee 

  • Charge: The communications committee is responsible to formulate and implement activities which support promulgation of information regarding the vision, mission, and activities of ICPNT. Such activities will encompass but not necessarily be limited to: 
  •  Regular publications in the SNACC newsletter, and periodic publications in other professional society newsletters (e.g, AUA, ASA, etc).  
  • Oversight of the ICPNT web page and links of the ICPNT webpage to those of other organizations 
  • Management of social media 

Chair: Val Luoma 

3. Neuroanesthesia program relations (NPR) Committee 

  • Charge: The Neuroanesthesia Program Relations (NPR) Committee provides collaborative offerings and activities, both in person and virtually, which serve to foster academic, scholarly, professional relations, and networking among ICPNT-accredited programs. The NPR committee will organize interactions with and between accredited fellowships participating in the ICPNT network.    

 Chair: Chanhung Lee 

4. Procedural Certification 

  • Charge: The procedural certification committee will  
  • Develop and implement criteria for individuals to receive certification in cognitive and technical aspects of select procedures relevant to neuroanesthesia.   These procedures may include but not be limited to 
  • Transcranial Doppler 
  • Processed and unprocessed EEG 
  • Intraoperative monitoring 
  • Near infrared spectroscopy 
  • Scalp blocks 
  • Awake craniotomy 
  • Positioning 
  • Venous air embolism monitoring and management 
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring 
  • Multimodality monitoring 
  • EVD and spinal drain management 
  • Airway management in various intracranial conditions 
  • Working with the NPR committee and SNACC education committee develop and implement educational products needed to support attainment of certification in a given procedure.  This may include written reviews, virtual presentations, webinars, and simulation. 
  • Develop and implement fee schedules and examination procedures, for procedural certification 
  • Develop and approve instructors in designated procedures 

Chair: Leslie Jameson 

5. Fellowship Review Committee (FRC) 

  • Charge. The FRC will review, evaluate and adjudicates applications for accreditation or re-accreditation on behalf of ICPNT.   
  • The FRC functioning under the oversight of the ICPNT secretary will develop and implement procedures related to approval and maintenance of accreditation of fellowship programs.    

Chair: Jane Easdown 

6. Research Committee 

  • Charge. The research committee with oversee, collaborate, publish, and advice regarding research projects performed by accredited programs.  Such activities may include but not be limited to: 
  • Education research regarding perioperative neuroscience methods and outcomes 
  • Surveys which entail use of the ICPNT network for potential respondents 
  • Multi-institutional research involving ICPNT accredited programs, designed to create new knowledge regarding perioperative neuroscience 

Chair: Shobana Rajan 

7. Examination Committee 

  • Charge: the examination committee will develop and implement procedures to support the following which can include but not be limited to 
  • In-training and internal assessments of fellows.  This may include 
  • Perioperative neuroscience question banks 
  • Oral examinations/interviews of fellows 
  • Provide evaluation and feedback mechanisms, forms, and software as needed by fellowship programs 
  • Establish metrics for program directors to determine successful completion of a fellowship program, which will include ICPNT designated competencies and milestones;  
  • Develop and provide examinations internally administered by programs. 

Chair: Claudia Nino 



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