Prioritizing What Matters Most
Chanannait Paisansathan, MD, MHA
I cannot believe how fast the year has gone by. The uncertainty of our health from the global pandemic COVID 19 has shaped our way of interacting and conducting business. We prioritize what matters the most to us.
We had put a scientific discovery on hold so the medical community could serve. Yet, in many countries, our friends and colleagues are still struggling. We have learned a lot, but we must continue to adapt and innovate. I learned as a leader that change is inevitable. As an organization, we must continue to evolve to be resilient to the ongoing changes.
First, I thought we would be back to normal by the end of my term. Unfortunately, it has not happened by the time I write this message in July. Second, I had hoped that SNACC would have our 2021 in-person meeting in Seattle, WA. Unfortunately, the news was not encouraging by the end of 2020, and we were faced with a dilemma. So here we go again, and so I thought—the renegotiating and the contractual agreement process that I did not anticipate to do twice as a member of the Executive Board and as SNACC President.
In the end, I would like to thank you, the members of the SNACC Executive Board, Board of Directors, Ruggles, our management company partner, and Dr. Alana Flexman, who has done fantastic work organizing the virtual 2021 Annual Meeting. I could not have done this without everybody's commitment to SNACC.
As I reflect on my role as a leader of the organization, our mission is clear. We want to advance the neuroscience discovery in anesthesiology and critical care and disseminate the knowledge globally.
For example, we started and collaborated fellowship training in neuroanesthesia among members worldwide (ICPNT). We believe in the equality and diversity of our profession as neuroanesthesiologists and intensivists to reassure the best quality and medical access to our patients. I am convinced that to continue our missions, we must have a solid strategy.
The past two years required an adaptive reaction. Moving forward to the next decade, it is time that SNACC needs a transformative approach. I look at the list of the candidates for our future leaders and I am very grateful. By the time this newsletter is published, we will know who will be elected to the Board of Directors. I am looking forward to exploring the latest chapter of our organization and welcoming the new SNACC officers for 2021-2022.