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Candidates for Board of Directors

The following candidates will be running for open positions on the Society for Education in Anesthesia Board of Directors:

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Stephanie B. Jones, MD – President-Elect

My participation in SEA began simply with gathering information at annual meetings. I was excited to meet other educators who shared my enthusiasm and faced similar challenges. Later, I joined the Committees on Resident Evaluation, then Educational Meetings, and Research. I loved the camaraderie and mentorship available to members of SEA. Through SEA’s work on the ACGME core competencies, for example, I attained the maximum reaccreditation term after my first RRC visit as Program Director at Beth Israel Deaconess. Reviewing submitted abstracts for the spring meetings always gets me thinking about ways to improve education for my own students, trainees, and faculty. I have also contributed to the society, having led workshops, served as Program Chair for the 2009 Fall and 2014 Spring Annual meetings, as a member of the Board of Directors, and currently Secretary. During that time, I progressed from junior faculty to assistant Program Director, to Program Director, and now Vice Chair for Education. As my personal career development needs have changed over the years, I have come to understand better the various roles that SEA must play in faculty development to provide resources and learning opportunities for everyone from residents and early faculty to senior leadership. Our more recent attention to recognizing educators and supporting their academic advancement through the Philip Liu Awards and SEAd grants demonstrates our commitment to furthering the specialty as a whole.

I have witnessed the evolution of SEA over the years from a small society to the strong organization it is today. My goal as President-elect would be to support the mission and growth of the organization, while maintaining the “family” feel that is so important to fostering personal relationships within the society. Linking our Fall meeting to SAAAPM in 2019 will provide an interesting opportunity to assess and meet the needs of core and subspecialty Program Directors, and add more of them to our membership ranks. The renewed and sustained efforts by the Medical Student and Resident Education committees are key to attracting residents and students to SEA; they are our future clinical educators.

SEA has been an essential part of my development in academic anesthesiology. I would be honored to serve as your President-elect and continue our wonderful forward progress.

John D. Mitchell, MD – Secretary

I am the Residency Program Director for the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

I have been a loyal SEA member since 2004. I began my service to SEA as the chair designee of the website committee in 2007 and chaired that committee from 2009-13. In that time, I assisted with the transition to 2 different and progressively more sophisticated websites for which I received a commendation for exceptional service from SEA. I have lead 2 rounds of strategic planning on the Board of Directors regarding technology in education. I also serve on the educational meetings committee and co-hosted the Spring meeting in Boston in 2014. I been honored to serve on our Board of Directors since 2012, and on the Finance Committee since 2014.

My research interests include teaching professionalism and communication skills, optimizing resident performance, ultrasound simulation, and increasing educational efficiency. I was a Rabkin Fellow in medical education in 2009-2010 and pursued a Medical Education Research Certificate through SEA in 2011-2012. I also was fortunate enough to receive a John Hedley Whyte research grant in 2010-2011 and a FAER education research grant in 2012-2014 to pursue topics in education research. I regularly collaborate with other SEA members in multicenter education research projects. Last year, I was honored with the inaugural Philip Liu award in Education Research at the SEA meeting in Jacksonville. My co-investigators and I gratefully donated the proceeds associated with that award to the SEA to further support other researchers.

My goals as Secretary are to continue to enhance the visibility of our organization, grow our membership, and enhance our implementation of valuable educational technologies as a specialty. This year, I initiated a SEA panel at the IARS, which I anticipate will become an annual feature at this meeting. Similarly, I will work with the Educational Meetings Committee to ensure the success of our fall meeting prior to the SAAAPM meeting in 2020. I believe these efforts will both increase our organizational visibility and further our mission of educating educators by reaching out beyond our usual forums. Finally, I will continue to work with the committee on the Advancement of Educational Technology committee to teach members about the latest educational technologies and keep our Society in the forefront of educational innovation.

I appreciate the opportunity I have had to represent you and serve the SEA to date. I hope you will allow me to continue to help the SEA continue to grow and support educators in our specialty.

L. Jane Easdown, MD – Treasurer

I am seeking reelection for the position of SEA treasurer. Sound financial management and vision are necessary as SEA grows in stature as an academic society. I wish to continue that financial stewardship and be open to every new opportunity to use our funds wisely for our common vision and goals.

In the last years, the Finance Committee has worked diligently to support new opportunities for our society. In April 2015, we created the first investment policy and invested funds conservatively so that future projects can be supported. The SEAd grant endowment fund was established and first awarded in 2016 to support the educational research of an early career SEA member. The McLeskey Endowment, invested to support the lectureship, has reached its financial goal. In 2017 the Journal of Education and Perioperative Medicine (JEPM) became indexed through Pubmed and the Finance Committee supported the expansion of the journal. This year we launched our new website and also added the use of Guidebook- a resource to support our annual meetings. All these initiatives require financial oversight. Initiatives of this quality that support and benefit the SEA membership are key to our shared financial future.

I am a SEA Member since 1999 and a Board member since 2010. My medical training began in Canada at McGill University and since 1996 I am faculty in the neuroanesthesia division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. SEA has been central to my career development as an educator. I am an elected member of the Academy of Excellence in Education, a group at Vanderbilt who peer coach and mentor other faculty. I have facilitated panels and workshops at ASA, SEA, SNACC, ACGME and IMSH meetings. I have served in many capacities for SEA-Treasurer, Chair of the Educational Meetings Committee and course director for the 2006 SEA spring meeting in Nashville. I am a member of the ASA Patient Safety Editorial Board who create the on- line educational modules for patient safety CME and MOCA. Through SEA I have found the opportunities and mentorship to progress in my medical education career, an opportunity I wish to see for all SEA members.

It is the duty of the Treasurer to support the vision of the Society through its financial activities. And we are always open to new opportunities. A sound financial foundation supports the future for all of us in SEA. I would be honored to continue to serve you in this position. Thank you for your support and consideration.

Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, MBA – Director

Jeffrey Berger, MD is a Professor of Anesthesiology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He completed his medical degree, residency training and served as junior faculty in New York where he was affiliated with The University of Rochester, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and New York University.

Dr. Berger completed a Masters in Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is actively involved in leadership within GW's Anesthesiology Department as a former Director of the Residency Program and Obstetric Anesthesiology. Dr. Berger has published more than 50 works in peer-reviewed journals and books. He co-authored the McGraw Hill publication, "Anesthesia Core Review: Part I, Basic Exam (2014)," and "Anesthesia Core Review: Part II, Advanced Exam (2016)." He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. At the University level, Dr. Berger serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official at GW. In 2016, Dr. Berger was awarded the prestigious Parker Palmer - Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Dr. Berger has over 10 years of leadership experience in the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA), where he has led workshops, chaired a fall meeting, and chaired/participated in several committees; he currently serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of the Society's Journal, the Journal of Education in Perioperative Medicine (JEPM), and he is completing an elected term on the Board of Directors. Dr. Berger is excited about the opportunity to continue his work with this important Society.

Franklyn P. Cladis, MD – Director

My name is Franklyn Cladis and I am currently a Member of the Board of Directors for SEA and I am pleased to be considered for re-election to the board. This society is an incredibly important resource for anesthesiologists involved with education and it has helped me in a variety of ways. I have been the program director for the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC since 2007 and I am the President for the Pediatric Anesthesia Program Directors Association (PAPDA). I am also one of the editors for Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children, a question writer for the ABA Pediatric Anesthesiology Certifying exam and an ABA board examiner. I have personally benefited from my SEA membership over the past decade.

In 2005 I became a member of SEA to network and to expand my education skill sets. I found mentorship, friendship, and camaraderie. Over several years I became more involved with the SEA Research Committee and was fortunate enough to chair that committee from 2009 to 2015. The success of the Research committee comes from the hard work of the members. During my term as Research Chair our primary responsibility was to grade and provide feedback for all of the abstracts and posters submitted to the yearly spring meetings. In addition we also implemented several changes. Over the past five years we transitioned to an on-line abstract submission and grading system, created the research consultant, and navigated the introduction of MERC for two SEA meetings.

One of my greatest honors was helping with the development and implementation of the SEAd Grant. This starter grant represents a significant milestone for SEA by financially giving back to its membership. It is a statement of the commitment of SEA to medical education research and to its members.

It has been a privilege to serve SEA as member of the Board of Directors. I would be honored to continue to serve as a member of the board and to serve the membership of SEA for another term.

Samuel D. Yanofsky, MD, MSEd – Director

I currently serve as a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and as an Attending at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine. I am a graduate of McGill University, Montréal, Québec (Baccalaureate of Science in Physiology) and St. Louis University Medical School. I completed my residency in Anesthesiology at University of Connecticut Health Center (U Conn) followed by a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2004, I received a Master of Science in Medical Education from the USC Rossier School of Education.

I am currently the the Director of Education and Faculty Development for the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine. I support educational training for Healthcare Professionals at CHLA for a wide variety of allied healthcare providers. I was awarded the 2005 Excellence in Education Award by the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at CHLA. In 2006, I received a FAER grant and institutional grants for examining a model curriculum for teaching the ACGME general competencies of Professionalism, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, and Systems-Based Practice to fellows and residents.

At the institution/university level, I am involved on several committees tasked with improving graduate medical education within CHLA and competency-based education for medical students within USC Keck School of Medicine. I am co-instructor for mid-level career health care professionals in the Master of Academic Medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine specifically in the following two courses in the areas of leadership and organizational change.

Nationally, I have served as chair for the education meetings and research committee for SEA and served on the board of directors for one term. I have continued to provide numerous educational workshops and presentations for my anesthesia colleagues including sessions for SEA and the Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology and the ASA. I just completed a six-year term finally as the Past-President of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Program Directors Committee and am involved in the education committee for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology. I have made my personal mission to teach leadership/organizational change and physician well being in medicine and anesthesiology while contributing consistently to national organizations, as I believe this is how medical educators have the largest influence on our future physicians and the entire profession.

If elected as a member of the board, I will support the SEA with the following three priorities: 1. Continue to provide educational training in my area of interests and medical education research, 2. Share our expertise with other national anesthesia societies, ACGME and the RRC, 3. Advance the mission and vision of SEA.



The SEA is proud to be a member-driven organization, dedicated to the teaching and development of future anesthesiologists, and to the advancement of those who educate them.

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