Anesthesia Education – SEA Newsletter

SEA Outreach-Educational Offerings from SNACC

L. Jane Easdown, MD

A few years ago, the SEA Board of Director’s launched an outreach program to contact other anesthesiology societies to offer workshops and share resources and educational material. This outreach program is led by Dr. Deb Schwengel. One of the advantages of the outreach has been learning about the other societies and what they create and offer to members. The Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care (SNACC) is one of the societies with a strong education focus. SEA members may benefit from familiarity with SNACC’s offerings, which can help both training programs individual trainees. 
SNACC membership comprises neuroscientists, neurointensivists and neuroanesthesiologists. The society was founded in 2007 and has traditionally had a one-day meeting ahead of the ASA, which made it very difficult to SEA members to attend. SNACC had its first freestanding meeting in September 2019, which allowed for additional days of programming. For the first time, a group of SEA members could attend the full meeting! SNACC leadership was keen to work with SEA to provide new experiences for their membership. Through this relationship we have learned that SNACC has many educational resources for use for the general public.

SEA/SNACC Workshop- SNACC invited SEA members to conduct a workshop for the September 2019 meeting, and from several topics offered they chose curriculum development. Deb Schwengel organized a workshop with Karen Souter, Shobana Rajan and me as presenters and. The workshop was fully subscribed including many of the SNACC officers. Several attendees were developing a new rotation, so this workshop was very timely. We presented the Kern system for curriculum development. This was highly successful, and we have been asked to provide other topics in the future.   
The SNACC website-  For those of us that teach in neuroanesthesia rotations there is a wide variety of educational material to be found on the SNACC website, and it is open to the public. Three sections are worth highlighting:

  • Education Corner: You can find PBLDs, quizzes, interesting cases, blogs, discussion boards and best articles of the week etc. The SNACC Education Committee and the Committee on Trainee Engagement create and edit this material.   
  • Neuroanesthesia Classroom: The Committee for Trainee Engagement has developed a 4-week rotation curriculum for neuro rotations. This curriculum is linked to SNACC resources such as review articles or PBLDs. This can be a terrific way to compare with a national standard and also as a guide for new programs. It will direct rotation directors to high quality educational material. Residents and fellows can use this curriculum and links for exam preparation.  
  • Fellows and Residents: This is a section for trainees to find educational material. There is also information about neuroanesthesia fellowships. SNACC was instrumental in establishing an accreditation for neuroanesthesia fellowships. Under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Kofke, an international group, the International Council for Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT) was created to explore curriculum, evaluation selection and all other aspects of a training program. In 2019 the first neuroanesthesia training programs were accredited, and many more are in the process of accreditation. There is information on neuro fellowships on the site. Almost all academic anesthesia programs are recruiting for neuroanesthesia staff, and there is a huge need for highly qualified faculty.  

The SNACC newsletter- Anyone can subscribe. The latest newsletter describes the activities of the last meeting, ongoing projects, noteworthy research and updates on SNACC meetings. The newsletter has an education corner to keep you up to date with the output from active education committees at SNACC.   

In summary, through the SEA outreach program we have made a strong connection to SNACC. This group is highly focused on education and has open resources that all programs can use. I hope this shows how SNACC’s resources can benefit medical students, residents and fellows. Continued outreach to anesthesia societies will help us find common ground that will enrich us all. 

Refocusing CA-1 Bootcamp Towards Resident Education and Wellness in the Time of COVID-19

Monica Bhutiani MD
 Brian Gelfand MD
Meredith Kingeter MD

The transition from intern year to clinical anesthesiology represents an exciting but challenging time. Historically, our program utilized June of PGY1 year to prepare interns to work in the operating room. During this month, a hands-on and didactic educational format facilitated residents’ progression from paired oversight to semi-solo to eventually solo status by July 1st of CA-1 year.

Responding to local and national concerns of resident burnout, especially during the current pandemic, we restructured the program with emphasis on wellness and burnout prevention, while still ensuring intraoperative competence based upon established metrics. We incorporated strategies including paired intraoperative mentorship with predictable and assured OR relief, evening online lectures in interactive PBLD format, and resilience workshops.

During this transition period both intraoperative as well as social and emotional supports are imperative to decrease burnout and bolster mental wellbeing. Traditionally, interclass friendship and camaraderie vital for the forthcoming clinical years stems organically from frequent social interactions both within and outside the hospital. However, due to infectious concerns, many of those opportunities are not possible this year. With some creativity, we supplemented their curricula with online weekly social hours to facilitate debriefing, decompression, and growth as a class as well as a structured 1:1 peer mentorship program that paired rising CA-1 residents with senior mentors to provide psychosocial support, encourage self-reflection, and bolster professional connectedness.

Overall, these changes were implemented for the well-being of our residents, especially in the current climate shaped by COVID-19. Although the impetus for these changes was the pandemic, we believe resident wellness represents a needed priority even in times of normalcy, and we will continue to build upon these changes towards a programmatic paradigm shift of greater resident support and wellbeing. 

Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Question of the Week Project

Albertz, M1 

 Hoagland, M1

Masaracchia M1

 LeRiger M2
 Dachsangvorn, O3

Chatterjee, D1 


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Rising Above the COVID Storm

Ed Kosik, DO, FASA
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma HSC 
John H. Saxon III, M.D. Professorship of Anesthesiology
Medical Director of Anesthesiology Simulation

The uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic brought out our best as we stayed focused on the safety of our learners and our educational mission. Even though our Simulation Center was officially closed, extensive education efforts took place.

Zoom lectures were offered on a multitude of anesthesia related topics. Simulation, both screen-based and high fidelity, was used extensively to educate our medical students. A simulation session that seemed straightforward before the pandemic took substantially more effort because we had to sanitize all the equipment and operate the simulators without the aid of technicians. Finding masks, gloves and sanitizing equipment was challenging. The debriefing skills that I obtained over the years helped to address and humanize medical students’ and residents’ concerns about COVID-19 and the effects on their education.
The fortitude of my colleagues both clinically and educationally was paramount.  We figured out how to make education work despite a potentially dangerous clinical situation.  An instructional video for donning and doffing personal protective equipment was literally made overnight; lectures were provided; mock oral board exams were successfully held; anesthesiology mock OSCEs were modified and successful; and ACLS classes were held in smaller groups. All of these efforts were made as we practiced social distancing and adhered to institutional safety guidelines.

I am more thankful than ever for my anesthesia colleagues and the people I am surrounded by. It is through their bravery and collaboration that we keep striving to move forward to make the best out of a challenging situation and never losing focus of the things that matter. 

Creativity And Innovation In Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lisa Caplan, MD
Kathleen Chen, MD, MS
 David Young, MD, MEd, MBA



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2021 Workshop on Teaching Canceled

Anticipating that there will be continued restrictions on travel and CME moving into the new year, we regretfully announce that the SEA Workshop on Teaching has been canceled for 2021. Look for an announcement at the SEA Fall Meeting about plans for a “Virtual Teaching Workshop Masterclass” for 2021 that will provide an opportunity for a refresher course for past graduates of the workshop as we explore ways to make modules of the workshop virtual. Our contract with the Alfond Inn is still in force for 2022, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back January 29, 2022 through February 1, 2022 in Winter Park Florida.

SEA Statement on Recent Events

The Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) is deeply saddened by the recent events that have impacted our nation, culminating with the inhumane deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. Our society supports equitable justice, education resulting in awareness and tolerance, and most importantly respect for humanity.

SEA values an inclusive community, and as such we celebrate diversity and the richness it brings to our organization and our practice. SEA firmly rejects racism in any form.

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SEA 2020 Elections and Voting Procedures

The SEA Nominating Committee (Chaired by Immediate Past-President Michael R. Sandison, MD) has identified the following candidates to run in this year’s election for the Society for Education in Anesthesia Board of Directors:

Vice President / President-Elect (One Position – Two Year Term)

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The SEA Duke Award for Excellence and Innovation in Anesthesia Education

Call for Nominations

Due Monday, June 22, 2020

The SEA Duke Award for Excellence and Innovation in Anesthesia Education was created back in 1996, thanks to a generous gift from the Department of Anesthesia at Duke University. The purpose of the award is to recognize people who have had a long commitment to teaching and have contributed positively to the advancement of teaching anesthesia to medical students, residents, and faculty. Because we at the SEA are at the forefront of spearheading educational efforts in our specialty, past recipients have tended to come from within our midst.

Membership in SEA is not necessary for consideration, though the nominating individual does have to be a SEA member.

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SEA Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion – Request for Applications

The Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) is creating a task force on Diversity and Inclusion. The goal of this task force is to inform and educate the society on how to integrate diversity and inclusion as core operating principles of the SEA and its work.

The SEA welcomes applications from any active member of the society who has an interest in diversity and inclusion to serve on the Task Force as either the chairperson or as a member.

The SEA Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion chairperson will have a record of sustained service to the SEA and experience in diversity and inclusion work.

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ASA, SEA Announce Call for Nominations for New Distinguished Educator in Anesthesiology Award

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) today announced a call for nominations for the new ASA-SEA Distinguished Educator in Anesthesiology award. The award recognizes mid-career physicians who have demonstrated a substantial commitment and achievement as educators in the field of anesthesiology.

“We’re excited to collaborate with SEA on this effort, an organization that shares our values regarding the importance of education to improve patient care,” said ASA President Linda J. Mason, M.D., FASA.  “It’s important for mid-level career physicians, those who have been in practice 5-15 years, to be recognized for their contributions and achievements in anesthesiology education.  Recognizing these individuals helps to move the profession forward and serves as an opportunity for networking and continued mentorship of young educators and residents.”

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Hospital Closure and COVID-19 Pandemic: A Resident’s Journal

Emuejevoke Chuba, MD
PGY-2 Anesthesiology Resident
Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia

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How Teamwork Between Army and Civilians Can Make a Difference in Time of Crisis

Major Stephanie Parks, DNP, CRNA
Task Force 13
Strike Team Alpha OIC
Temple University Hospital

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Defining the Path to Workforce Readiness, SEA Spring Conference May 8-10, 2020 – Rescheduled

Thirty years ago HIV/AIDS still held thrall of the world.1 I wrote the following as I switched careers from law to medicine:

It was the call I received regarding the HIV positive man whose will I had executed one week earlier which made me reflect on the difference between the power of words and the fight for life.  The news of his death recalled the irritation I had felt at trying to get him to meet with me to devise ways to settle an estate of which the greatest asset was the eleven-year-old son he would leave behind alone.  The moment that I heard of his death, all of the work, all of the time, all of the trouble was absolutely meaningless...trite.

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Good Bedtime Reads – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Herodotos Ellinas, MD
Associate Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI


Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Book Author:
 Patrick Lencioni
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, an Imprint of Wiley
Review Author: Herodotos Ellinas

High-performance teams are not the result of sheer luck. During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders must assemble effective multidisciplinary teams or adapt existing ones. Leaders who assemble such teams should base membership on a careful evaluation of talents, which includes assessing members’ interactions and evaluating their critical thinking when they navigate rapidly changing terrains. Although Lencioni does not discuss an extreme crisis in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, the reader can extrapolate from the author’s key concepts. Lencioni narrates a fable of an organization that hires a new CEO, Kathryn, to revive a struggling company. The author, in this easy-to-read book, cleverly walks the reader step by step through Kathryn’s challenges in putting together a “high-functioning” team.  

An old-school executive hired at a high-tech Silicon Valley company, Kathryn arrives at her first day of work and discovers that her staff of seven talented executives have total inability to work well together. Their constant disagreements and incapacity to take responsibility for their actions impart negativity to the workplace, further contributing to the existing chaos. As an experienced leader, Kathryn quickly realizes the dysfunction of these executives and subjects them to a pair of off-site retreats to identify the underlying issues that led to the company’s current situation. In the process, some of her decisions make her unpopular, but her persistence prevails in creating a high-performance team. 

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2019 SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowships Awarded

This was another successful year for the SEA/HVO Fellowships. We received 22 applications and awarded 8 Fellowships. See the HVO announcement below. The new Fellows will be traveling to Vietnam, Rwanda or Ghana for their month of teaching anesthesia residents, anesthesia nurses or anesthesia clinical officers. Congratulations to them all.

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), in collaboration with the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA), is pleased to share that eight anesthesia residents will receive a 2019 SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowship.

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Call for Workshops

SEA members are invited and encouraged to submit workshops for the 2020 Spring Meeting to be held May 8-10, 2020 at the Lowes Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In developing workshop proposals, SEA members must review the overall theme and educational goals of the meeting for which they are submitting their workshop.

The theme of the 2020 Spring Meeting is: Defining the Path to Workforce Readiness

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Spring Meeting Welcome

We look forward seeing you at the SEA 33rd Spring Meeting, which will be held next week at the Hyatt Regency Louisville. To tie into the ACGME’s initiative on wellness, the theme is “Training Professional, Humanistic Anesthesiologists.” This theme is especially relevant to our fast-paced, technologically advanced world which, according to some academic gurus and observers, is experiencing a crisis of humanism and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

The meeting will open with a plenary address by Dr. Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, CEO of the ACGME, professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and senior scholar in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine. Several nationally known speakers will address issues relevant to humanism as panel discussion. Friday will conclude with dynamic and interactive workshops that relate to professionalism and humanism. Dr. David Chestnut, MD, Professor and Chief of Obstetric Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and senior editor of Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice will be the plenary speaker for Saturday. The issues relevant to professionalism will be addressed in two TED-style panels discussion followed by additional workshops.

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Good Bedtime Reads – The Road to Character

The Road to Character

Book Author: David Brooks
Publisher: Random House 

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My First SEA Meeting

A new initiative

Do you remember your first SEA meeting? For many of us, it was several years ago. There was something special that drew us to be long term SEA members. Perhaps it was a spark ignited through the meeting theme or content. Maybe we met a kindred spirit in education at the dine around. We are interested in how our members became invested in SEA.

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