WINNER Coaching Scholarship Program for Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC)
2021 WINNER Coaching Scholarship Recipients
Deborah R. Douglas, MBBS, DM
Kamilla Esfahani, MD
Shilpa Rao, MD
The Women in Neuroanesthesiology and Neuroscience Education and Research (WINNER) is launching this as a pilot initiative. It will be offered annually if it is well received. Announcements will be made at the SNACC Annual Meeting in September 2021. The coaching session will subsequently be arranged. Be on the lookout for new information in the spring of 2022.
Apply for the WINNER Coaching Program
Q: What does the WINNER Coaching Program consist of?
A: Three, one-hour coaching sessions within a 2-3 months period focusing on any aspect of academic growth or leadership development that is important to the coachee. Participants will be invited to complete brief pre- and post-coaching questionnaires to evaluate the effectiveness of the coaching scholarships.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: Women who have been SNACC members for at least 1-6 years who hold or aspire to an academic / leadership position in neuroscience and / or critical care.
Q: What is the cost?
A: No cost to selected applicants. SNACC will fully support this scholarship program with the generous donation of Dr. Karen Souter’s time.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Please submit all materials through the application. Be on the lookout for new information in the spring of 2022.
Please submit the following three (3) documents as PDF files to your application and send to Lee Claassen at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letter of Support from Chairman or Division Chief: The letter must contain a commitment to allow the applicant time off from regular duties and assignments to attend the mandatory coaching sessions. These will include three (3) 1:1 one-hour sessions over 2-3 months.
- Letter of Intent: Please answer the questions on the application form to provide a brief synopsis of how you believe the coaching program will benefit you, and how participation in the program might benefit your department.
- A current copy of your Curriculum Vitae
A note about application: The questions on the application form are designed to identify applicants’ motivation and level of commitment. All application materials will be available to the coaching review committee. The information in the electronic application form will be de-identified before the program coaches and program leaders will have access to it.
Coaching is increasingly gaining traction as an effective process supporting leadership and career development in academic medicine1, 2. Unlike mentoring – a long-term relationship where the mentee is guided and to a certain extent, molded by the mentor, coaching is a shorter term, goal-directed interaction driven by the person being coached (coachee). The agenda for a coaching session or series of sessions maybe a broad, long-term goal or vision for the future, or a specific situation the coachee wants to explore in greater depth or about which they wish to develop more insight. The key activities of the coach are to listen deeply and to ask open-ended questions that allow the coachee to develop a more profound understanding of their situation. A coach supports the coachee to identify barriers to their desired forward progress and to develop meaningful next steps and action plans. Examples of situations where coaching can be effective: defining yourself as a leader; exploring career options; preparing for promotion; managing time and resources effectively; developing effective communication strategies; leading teams and balancing academic success with home life.
Dr. Karen Souter is a clinical professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington a long time SNACC member and a fully trained, International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach. Her goals in partnering with SNACC are to make coaching accessible to mid-career academic faculty and to enhance their career growth and development.
- Gawande A. Personal best: Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you? New Yorker. October 3, 2011. https://www. newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/03/
- Through Their Own Lens: Supporting Women and Minorities in Anesthesiology Through Coaching Deutsch N et al. ASA Monitor April 2021; 85.