Trainee Engagement Committee Update

Happy New Year! 2024 is upon us.  This is a great time to look back on all that we accomplished in 2023 and look forward to 2024.  In 2023 we saw the launch of the Neuroanesthesia Advanced Classroom.  This great resource is available to share with your trainees while on their Neurosurgical Anesthesia rotations. As a reminder, this is largely a free resource to help guide junior and senior residents through their Neurosurgical Anesthesia rotations.  It can be found within the Education Corner tab under Education and Trainees.  We continue to thank Dr. Kamilla Esfahani (Director), Dr. Lauren Dunn (Associate Director), and the entire subcommittee for their relentless effort and regular classroom curriculum updates.

We continue to launch our EEG Education Corner cases.  Dr. Sagar Jolly with the guidance of Drs. Papangelou and Priscilla Nelson have produced some excellent content reviewing the EEG changes seen with the use of Nitrous Oxide for emergence.  This is a great review on the effects of a higher nitrous oxide content on EEG and what we should expect to see.  For those of you who utilize BIS and Masimo it is definitely worth the read. As always, feel free to reach out to the authors or the TEC directors with any questions or comments.

We continue to work on our quarterly projects and produce new educational podcasts.   The JNA Podcast, focused on featured articles in the JNA, continues to be spearheaded by Dr. Shobana Rajan.  Hopefully you have had a chance to listen to our latest episode. Dr. Matt Whalin interviewed Dr. Vijay Krishnamoorthy discussing the “association of brain injury biomarkers and circulatory shock following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.”  As always, these articles are freely available to all on the JNA website, and these podcasts can be found on major streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts. We look forward to our episode next quarter, when Dr. Casandra Dean will be interviewing Dr. Arnoley (Arney) Abcejo in regard to his recent publication, “the role of Remimazolam in neurosurgery and in patients with neurological diseases: a narrative review.”  Remimazolam is being used in more and more institutions with more and indications.  What impact will this drug have on our future, listen, and find out!

Our Challenging Case team continues to produce interesting content for the SNACC newsletter.  In our triannual newsletter Dr. Emily Breland, with guidance from Drs. Indranil Chakraborty and Priya Gupta review a case of a large pituitary adenoma. This is a great case highlighting the challenges faced by anesthesiologists when navigating the perioperative care of patients with functional pituitary macroadenomas.

Our discussion forum continues to be up and running.  This has been a wonderful space for residents and fellows to post interesting cases and ask fellow trainees about their experiences.  There are several on-going topics of discussion, including hypothermia, thresholds for extubation, use of tranexamic acid in spine surgery and more.  You can also share your EEG images through the forum and start a discussion with some of the membership experts.  Keep in mind, you need to be a member of SNACC to join the conversation!

The Trainee Engagement Committee could not succeed without the efforts of our membership.  The educational output requires a lot of time and effort, and we are grateful to all those who contribute.  Continue to look out for new content!

Jacqueline Morano, MD

Jacqueline Morano, MD

Director Trainee Engagement Committee
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

sonal sharma

Sonal Sharma, MD

Associate Director Trainee Engagement Committee
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Penn State Health