Looking Back on a Year as Editor-in-Chief
Girija Prasad Rath, MD, DM
It has already been a year since I started contributing to the newsletter as the Editor-in-Chief. The newsletter remains an essential medium for the global dissemination of SNACC messages among the members as well as the practitioners of neuroanesthesia and perioperative neuroscience. First, I would like to thank Arnoley S. Abcejo, MD, the past Chair of the Communication Committee, for his continuous support for the newsletter. He made SNACC activities more visible during his tenure through powerful social media. I also welcome our new Communication Committee Chair, Valpuri Luoma, MBChB, FRCA, FICM. We aim to improve the outreach of the newsletter further, with a strong collaboration under her leadership.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the SNACC 49th Annual Meeting was held virtually for the second consecutive year, with a sizeable online attendance. The scientific program was excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed the well-planned virtual platform with several engaging and thought-provoking sessions. For those unable to witness the annual scientific extravaganza, you can certainly get an idea of the meeting by reading the Annual Meeting recap, written by Alana Flexman, MD, the 49th Annual Meeting Chair. The awardees of the 2021 Annual Meeting are also acknowledged in this issue. For those interested in an in-person meeting, please save your date for the 50th anniversary of SNACC (2022 SNACC Annual Meeting) at the Hyatt Hotel in Seattle, Washington.
When I took over as the Editor-in-Chief of the newsletter last year, I planned to diversify the newsletter's contents and introduce newer segments such as Resident/Fellow Corner, Case Discussions, etc. A new section on the International Council for Perioperative Neurosciences Training (ICPNT) was created for the global dissemination of its activities. In this newsletter issue, the ICPNT activities have been updated by chair, Drs. Andrew Kofke, and Vice-Chair, Shobana Rajan. This issue further provides a report of the ICPNT Accreditation Taskforce and shares the experiences of fellows on the accredited fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.
The Global News section of the newsletter focuses on the SNACC global outreach activities. In this issue, Dr. Peter Agaba of Makerere University, Kampala, has highlighted the neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care activities in Uganda. In addition, a trainee perspective on the 2021 Neuro Anaesthesia and Critical Care Society (NACCS) meeting has been described in an article from National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK.
This would be the last issue of newsletter publication with our long-standing partner, Ruggles Medical Association Management. I can’t thank Ms. Sandra Peterson, Association Executive, enough for the immense contribution she has made to the newsletter. I also want to thank Mr. Stewart Hinckley, the Executive Director of Ruggles, and his team for their long-standing collaboration with the SNACC and support for the newsletter. Finally, I wish Ruggles all the best for their future endeavors.
I am thankful to all the authors and staff who have contributed to the newsletter. Please share your story and achievements with us. Your continued participation and contribution would diversify the newsletter content making it even more enjoyable. I hope you enjoy reading the winter issue of the newsletter.
Happy holidays ahead!