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Board of Directors
Karen J. Souter, MB, BS
I have been a SEA member for 14 years of which 6 years have been in service as a member of the board. I have led a number of workshops over the years; I have chaired 2 SEA Spring meetings in Seattle in 2009 and 2015. As a long-standing member of the Educational Meetings committee I have a strong understanding of how our society works and particularly how we continue to create interesting and innovative meetings. The committees are the lifeblood of the SEA! It is the committees that keep the day-to-day tasks of the society going and whose innovations continue to move us forward and upwards! SEA has 13 standing committees and various task forces.
Some of the more notable achievements of different committees in recent months include:
These highlights are just tips of the enormous “icebergs” of work that our committees generate. I shall look forward to the opportunity to work closely with the committee chairs and members to support their important work.
My vision for the future of the society is to see it continue to grow and advance anesthesia education. The SEA is a strong supporter of academic anesthesiology educators; we already offer a wide portfolio of resources (research opportunities, The Workshop on Teaching, milestone assessment tools, faculty development, etc.). I would like to see the society explore new avenues for supporting academic educators such as leadership development and by being at the forefront of new teaching strategies. In 2015 I co-chaired the SEA Spring meeting in Seattle where we joined forces with surgical educators. This experienced helped me better understand how our society can collaborate with other like-minded societies. I believe SEA has a great deal to offer as well as learn from collaborations and I hope we can forge more joint ventures with educators in anesthesia as well as other disciplines.
I am excited to be offered this opportunity to take the next step in the leadership of our society. At the same time I am grateful for the continuing support of the SEA members that has brought me to this point and I look forward to continuing to work with the society and all its members.
Stephanie B. Jones, MD
Vice President/President-ElectRead Bio
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 am honored to serve as your President-elect and continuing our wonderful forward progress.
John D. Mitchell, MD
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 look forward to continuing to help the SEA continue to grow and support educators in our specialty.
Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, MBA
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
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 am honored to continue serving as a member of the board and serving the membership of SEA for a third term.
Melissa L. Davidson, MD
Thank you for allowing me to express my sincere interest in becoming a board member of the Society for Education in Anesthesia. I will try to summarize my passion for education and convey how important SEA has been in my life.
My entire career has been focused in medical education at all levels. Just months after graduating from residency, I was asked to assume responsibility for a nearly non-existent medical student Anesthesiology elective. The reason for choosing me was simple: I shared an office with the outgoing director. Somehow that qualified me for the responsibility of mentoring young physicians! This was to be the best decision I ever made. With no formal training in education I created a new medical student curriculum, which included a take-home exam consisting of open-ended questions that was provided to students on the first day of the elective, with instructions to find the answers “any way you can”. While the original intent was to encourage dialogue between students and faculty in the OR, the outcomes were far bigger. I was fascinated by students’ resourcefulness in those pre-internet days, and my philosophy of a leaner-centered approach in all things educational was borne. I had found my professional purpose.
I was fortunate that Phil Liu became my chair in 1996 and encouraged me to attend the SEA Teaching Workshop. There I met the “best of the best” anesthesia educators who became (and remain) my mentors, colleagues and friends. If anesthesia education had become my purpose, then the work of SEA became my passion. I was honored to be asked to co-direct the SEA Workshop on Teaching with Steve Kimatian in 2006. We have worked hard to continually update the curriculum to meet the needs of our learners. My greatest joy has been meeting the nearly 400 faculty from across the country who have attended this workshop over the past 11 years. I have also been privileged to participate in SEA meetings with many workshop presentations, panel discussions, and abstract submissions, as well as serving on committees including Competencies, Milestones, and Research. I have witnessed SEA’s significant growth through the years as our mission has broadened, not just with increased emphasis on education with ACGME initiatives, but also through faculty development, educational research, and curriculum innovation.
Various leadership positions throughout my career, including Medical Student Director, Program Director, Interim Chair of the department, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and Associate Editor of MedEdPORTAL, has given me a 360-degree perspective of anesthesia education. I believe these experiences would allow me as a board member to appreciate many viewpoints as decisions are made for the benefit of our members and for advancement of SEA’s mission. In addition, serving departments with small residencies allows me to understand challenges being faced by smaller programs, such as limited research funding, mentoring opportunities, etc. My specific goal as a board member would be to respond to and advocate for the needs of small to medium sized programs. My philosophy has always been to do whatever needs to be done to help students, residents, colleagues and programs succeed. Or in the words of Bob Willenkin, to do “whatever it takes to get learners to learn.” It would be an honor to serve the society in this capacity.