Exciting Times for SNACC

Rafi Avitsian, MD
SNACC President

George Mashour, MD, PhD

Rafi Avitsian, MD

I am not sure if it is the same for you but as we get closer to the SNACC 47th Annual Meeting, the more excited I get. I am sure it is the same for our other members of the Board of Directors. The level of engagement and motivation is unbelievable. There are multitudes of emails, phone calls, virtual and live meetings – all to ensure that we can provide a scientific meeting worthy of our membership. The scientific content of the SNACC Annual Meeting has always been at a very high level. We intend to keep the content cutting-edge and appealing for the variety of interests in neurosciences, in both clinical and basic science. Your Vice President Education and Scientific Affairs, Dr. Chanannait Paisansathan, has been the leader of the Annual Meeting activities, coordinating all efforts, and I want to also thank all directors for their support. This year’s stand-alone meeting has given us the opportunity to implement many of your suggestions. We have incorporated more content but in a prolonged meeting, thus there will be ample time to have breaks, deliberate on new information gained and discuss them with peers, create connections and network. We have heard the concerns of many of you regarding the electronic posters and that it decreases time for presentation and discussion, especially between our senior members and presenters. Dr. Alana Flexman has masterminded the conversion of some poster presentations to the conventional hanging poster to address this issue.

This year we also celebrate another major accomplishment. The Neuroanesthesia Fellowship accreditation by SNACC is becoming a reality. The International Council for Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT) is presenting us with the first fruit of its long labor; three fellowship programs have been selected as the pilot programs for the accreditation process trial. The neuroanesthesia fellowship programs from Northwestern University, University of Washington and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (part of University College of London in the UK) are the first being evaluated by ICPNT. The group in ICPNT has disclosed an important value of accreditation in creation of an international network of collaborations and sharing of neuroanesthesia resources and curriculum as well as coaching on training methods for the programs. This year the first of these resources will be by the presence of two ICPNT-led workshops in the Annual Meeting, one specifically in collaboration with the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) concerning developing and managing a fellowship curriculum, and the other a Neuroanesthesiology Clinical Review “master class.” Please visit the ICPNT web site, and consider following the Twitter feed @ICPNT to be updated on the fellowship issues.

SNACC will again show its presence in the IARS Annual Meeting with one panel and two PBLDs. Coinciding with the IARS meeting, SNACC will also have a stand alone symposium, entitled "Effects of Anesthetics on the Brain," which will be held on Sunday, May 19 from 2:00-8:00 pm at the LeWestin, 270 St. Antoine West, in Montreal.

Dr. Alana Flexman has been able to expand our collaborations with other neuroscience societies worldwide and we have been able to achieve new jointly funded abstract travel awards, which can cover some of the travel costs of international trainees to attend the SNACC Annual Meeting. We have already received confirmation of interest to join in funding the abstract travel award from the Canadian Anaesthesiologists’ Society Neuroanesthesia Section, Indian Society for Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care, Japanese Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. More societies are also joining following Dr. Flexman’s efforts.

Apart from the Annual Meeting, our Education Committee, as usual, is continuing to provide excellent educational resources. I strongly encourage our academic trainers to use these resources for their trainees.

I want to thank all of you for your continuous engagement with your society and I hope to see you all this September in Phoenix.

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