Introduction to the Trainee Engagement Committee (TEC)

By Shobana Rajan, MD
TEC Chair

Dr. Martin Smith
Shobana Rajan, MD
Angele Theard, MD

Marie Angelé Theard, MD

This is a committee of dedicated SNACC members and trainees for residents, fellows and medical students.

The Trainee Engagement Committee was formed to create more interest in the specialty of neuroanesthesia and enhance engagement with SNACC among trainees. The sub-committee works under the auspices of the Education Committee to extend the committee's mission of advancing education in perioperative neurosciences and focuses specifically on trainees (medical students, residents and fellows). The goals have been to promote the excellent educational material available through SNACC, answer questions about a career in Neuroanesthesia and provide them mentoring and opportunities for career development through SNACC.

The trainee engagement committee can be accessed by a separate tab under the education committee on the SNACC website. This tab offers the following:

  • A link is available asking the question “Are you interested in a neuroanesthesia fellowship?”  This link serves to connect residents in the USA and abroad to our committee chairs so that
    they may inquire about neuroanesthesia fellowship training. We have had a number of inquiries this past year. Examples of questions: Does applying to a neuroanesthesia fellowship involve going through a match process?; What are the deadlines for applying to the various fellowships?; What are the visa requirements? and What are the USMLE criteria? have been successfully answered through this link?
  • Podcasts: Fellow and Resident’s Audio Corner where fellows, residents and students can listen to conversations with faculty regarding the anesthetic management of interesting neurosurgical cases.
  • Sharing insights: Neuroanesthesia Case Discussion Forum is a blog for SNACC members to share their insights regarding the anesthetic management of complex neurosurgical cases.

Our activities at the SNACC Annual Meeting have included:

  • Review Luncheon/Neuroanesthesia Review Fun Quiz: Residents/fellows attending the SNACC meeting get to test their Neuroanesthesia clinical acumen via an electronic quiz format. We have been giving away neuroanesthesia books as prizes. These books have been donated by members of the SNACC.
  • Welcome Reception for Residents and Fellows: During the cocktail/social hour at the SNACC Annual Meeting.

Our goals in this coming year are to:

  • Continue with the above activities.
  • Begin developing a standardized neuroanesthesia online resource which could be used as curricular material in residency programs. This curriculum would incorporate educational material from the SNACC Education Committee.
  • Collaborate with the SEA to bring a workshop to the SNACC meeting for 2019.This workshop would be a teaching skills workshop offered by SEA members which would help clinical educators strengthen their teaching and mentoring skills key to resident/fellow education.
  • Offer a challenging case write-up in every issue of the SNACC Newsletter - “Challenging Case - Clinical Dilemmas and Decision Making.”

Committee Members:

Shobana Rajan, MD, Co-chair
Marie Angele Theard, MD, Co-chair
Eugenia Ayrian, MD
Indranil Chakraborty, MBBS, MD, DNB, CMQ
Verghese T. Cherian, MMBS, MD
Jane Easdown, MD, MHPE
Suneeta Gollapudy, MD
Keshav Goyal, MBBS, MD, DM
Letha Mathews, MD
Julia Metzner, MD
Laurel E. Moore, MD
Sergey Pisklakov, MD
Hemanshu Prabhakar, MD, PhD
Shilpa Rao, MD

New Members
Lakshmi Kurnitula, MD
Rashmi Vandse, MD
Tumul Chakraborty, MD

Fellow Members
Deepali Garg, MD

Resident Members
Mobolaji Olurinde, MD, PhD
Asha Nookala, MD
Christano dos Santos E. Santos, MD

This is a dynamic, growing and enthusiastic group and we look forward to welcoming more SNACC members who are interested in resident education and neuroanesthesia.

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