Neuroanesthesia Activities in South Korea

Seung Ho Choi, MD
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Severance Hospital and Anesthesia and Pain Research Institute
Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Young-Tae Jeon, MD
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
President, Korean Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (KSNACC)

Dr. Choi
Seung Ho Choi, MD
Dr. Jeon
Young-Tae Jeon, MD

The Korean Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (KSNACC) was founded among academic societies relevant to anesthesiology and critical care after 18 passionate doctors in the discipline of neuroanesthesia participated in the formation of the Korean Research Society of Neuroanesthesia in 1995. Thereafter, the Society has been growing gradually by conducting diverse kinds of seminars and conferences pertinent to neuroanesthesia and publishing academic activities in the Society's journal. A workshop, intended for an in vivo animal experiment, was held for the first time in 1997; it was followed by the annual academic conference and workshops conducted to share new knowledge and promote the fellowship of the members. The Society held the “2004 China-Japan-Korea Joint Symposium for Neuroanesthesia at Jeju Island” as a framework for an international movement. It subsequently led to the foundation of the "Asian Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (ASNACC)"; the first conference of the ASNACC was held in 2008. Meanwhile, we successfully conducted the 4th ASNACC at Busan, Korea, in 2015 (Figure 1). In the previous ASNACC conferences held in India and Indonesia, approximately 20 - 30 Korean delegates participated in their roles as academic leaders, delivering lectures and chairing scientific sessions.

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Figure 1

Currently, there are more than 200 regular members in the KSNACC. The annual conference of KSNACC has been held regularly wherein over 300 participants, including residents, are actively participating in the academic activities as a representative of different other like-minded societies (Figure 2). The KSNACC provides members with workshops biannually to let them share new findings, knowledge, and experience obtained from research in neuroanesthesia. In addition, the Society established an academic award to encourage members outstanding in respective works or research. The selected topics for research are supported with pertinent research funds to promote and improve research accomplishments. The KSNACC is also making efforts to become one of the global societies for which the participation of members in the ASNACC activities is encouraged. It is expected to help to facilitate academic exchange knowledge with foreign scholars. Furthermore, several approaches beyond the ASNACC are promoted to interchange ideas with other global bodies in the discipline of neuroanesthesia.

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Figure 2

The KSNACC has also been trying to develop systematic training programs for the education of residents. The efforts to develop workshops, problem-based learning, and discussion (PBLD), and simulation programs for the training and sharing with residents of neuroanesthesia, have been made continuously. In addition, the training programs for fellows and residents have been developed to update their knowledge. A textbook of neuroanesthesia, authored by professors who are actively working in neuroanesthesia in Korea, was also published by the Society to help residents and fellows in patient care and research.

The KSNACC currently prepares for the new paradigm for academic conferences upon witnessing the unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19. This year, the academic meeting may be carried out without the participation of distinguished scholars from overseas for obvious reasons. Instead, it is planned to provide the participants an opportunity to listen to pertinent lectures from local faculty, discuss relevant topics, and exchange ideas. A hybrid format of the offline academic conference will be organized in an expanded manner in the future. As the first academic society in the field of neuroanesthesia in Korea, the KSNACC has been introducing a new operating system for academic conferences regularly. The KSNACC plans a number of recent efforts and trials to become a leading society by preparing educational advancements and consolidating the cohesion among the members. With a continuous collaboration with various neuroanesthesia societies, the KSNACC aims to promote its members, ensuring a global footprint in this specialty.

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