Trainee Engagement Committee (TEC) Update

Alexander Papangelou, MD

Alexander Papangelou, MD
Chair, Trainee Engagement Committee (TEC)

Jacqueline Morano, MD
Associate Chair and Member, Trainee Engagement Committee (TEC)

We are beginning to develop a consensus regarding the curriculum, content, and timing of exposure to neurosurgical cases during a resident’s Neurosurgical Anesthesiology rotations. This consensus was so nicely demonstrated in the JNA article published by Dr. Deepak Sharma and colleagues in July 2019. Many times, rotations from basic to advanced can be quite overwhelming for residents, and there is a great deal of content covered by each. Therefore, our primary mission within SNACC and the TEC has been to encourage learning and engagement through the production and distribution of educational content.

Jacqueline Morano, MD

We continue to pursue this goal, and the success of our Basic Neuroanesthesia Classroom is evidence of this. Launched last spring, the Basic Neuroanesthesia Rotation Schedule has been an amazing tool helping to guide CA-1s and early CA-2s through what many consider an overwhelming month. We would like to again thank Drs. Kamilla Esfahani, Lauren Buhl, Lauren Dunn, Matt Whalin, Shobana Rajan, and Alex Papangelou for their amazing work on this. Not to be forgotten, the EVD course is under week 1 of the basic neuroanesthesia classroom.

External Ventricular Drain (EVD) Training Module

This addition to the basic classroom is a great tool to assess both your own and your trainee’s familiarity with EVDs and help in their management, be sure to check it out.

The basic classroom was so well received that we have been able to move forward with the advanced classroom. We once again thank Dr. Kamilla Esfahani and Lauren Dunn for their leadership and hard work on this project. We are targeting a launch of our classroom prior to SNACC’s 50th Anniversary annual conference. Like the Basic Neuroanesthesia Rotation schedule, our goal will be to assist CA-2s and CA-3s along their four weeks of their advanced rotation. Topics covered will include but are not limited to management of subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, the awake craniotomy patient, carotid endarterectomies, high-risk spinal procedures, and functional neurosurgical cases. We truly appreciate the entire subcommittee team and their dedication to completing this daunting project. We are very much looking forward to its launch!

In addition to this fantastic production, we are happy to bring your attention to our latest JNA podcast coming out this spring. Dr. Shilpa Rao, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgical Anesthesiologist from the Yale School of Medicine, did a great audio review of Dr. Shobana Rajan and colleagues’ recent publication in this past January 2022’s JNA titled “Opioid Alternative in Spine Surgery a narrative review.”  This can be found either on Spotify, apple podcasts, or google podcasts–just search SNACC or JNA podcast! It can also always be found on the SNACC website under the Education Corner tab. It is great to be able to listen to a ten-minute summary while on our drive into work, for both trainees and attendings a like. Stemming off of our JNA podcast, Dr. Arun George will take the trainees’ perspective on the same article of which he helped the author. His addition of the fellow’s podcast will be coming out in late March; keep a lookout for it!

This quarter’s Challenging Case, also located in this Spring’s Newsletter, again by trainee Dr. Arun George, out of the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh. Under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Yuan, Dr. George discussed their management of a transsphenoidal pituitary tumor resection in a patient with both pituitary apoplexy and simultaneous COVID-19 infection. With all the changes and challenges our field has faced due to the ongoing pandemic, we are lucky to be able to learn from one another and share our challenging cases. What would you do in this scenario? Take a look and see. Thank you to Eugenia Ayrian for continuing to organize this valued educational tool.

Finally, we have had a new addition to our “Ask the experts” interviews. One of the reasons we seek out our fellowship is the ability to work with amazing colleagues, including our Neurosurgical and Neurology colleagues. Dr. Indranil Chakraborty presented a wonderful interview of Dr. David T. Pearce, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, out of Emory University School of Medicine. See why he and so many others value the tools and education we bring to the care of our patients.

One of the best and truly inspiring qualities of this Society is the willingness to teach and facilitate learning. We continue to invite trainees to seek out opportunities within our Trainee Engagement Committee. We welcome those trainees interested in pursuing a Neuroanesthesia fellowship and remind them to submit their inquiries via the Fellowship Information tab under the Education and Trainee section on the SNACC website. We would invite faculty, trainees, division, and residency directors to review and utilize the resources we continue to publish. As always, we welcome your input and involvement.


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