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Board of Directors
Michael R. Sandison, MD
The best advice that I was given after I was appointed Director of Resident Education at Albany Medical Center in 1999 was to join the SEA. As a member, and a participant in the SEA Teaching Workshop in 2003, I developed as a medical teacher and professional educator. I gradually became involved in the educational offerings of the society, and in 2004, as a member of the SEA President’s Task Force on the ACGME Competencies, I co-chaired the Patient Care Workshop at the Harrisburg meeting. In 2006, I co-chaired two workshops at the Spring Meeting dealing with Phase 3 of the ACGME Outcomes Project, and we produced a final evaluation tool, which can also be used as a graduate employer assessment.I also served as Program Chair for the SEA Fall 2008 meeting in Orlando. I have completed two terms on the SEA Board of Directors, and two terms as Treasurer. The past two terms were a challenging transition for the SEA, as the ASA moved to relinquish management of the sub-specialty organizations. I played an active role in the appointment and transition to SAMI as our management company.
SEA has nurtured my career in residency education, and I feel a very strong loyalty to this organization and its future well-being. My vision for the future of the Society is first to ensure that we provide expert educational offerings to all physician teachers of anesthesiology, while protecting our financial solvency and reserves. Second, we must develop and share educational tools, including curriculum and milestones assessment products. Third, we must continue to foster and protect the spirit of idealism, the principle of inclusion, and the shared educational mission that characterizes the culture of SEA.
Karen J. Souter, MB, BS
Vice President/President-ElectRead Bio
I consider it a very great honor to be nominated for the role of Vice-President/President-Elect of SEA. I have been a SEA member for 14 years of which 6 years have been in service as a member of the board and the last 4 years as secretary. 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 main role of the Vice-President/President–Elect, according to the SEA Polices and Procedures manual is to “oversee the committees of the society”. 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
I am Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. I attended Cornell University and completed my medical school and anesthesia residency at Washington University, St. Louis. After six years on the anesthesia faculty at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, I joined the staff at Beth Israel Deaconess in 2003.
SEA has played a key role in the progression of my academic career. 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 served as Program Chair for both the 2009 Fall and 2014 Spring Annual meetings, and as a member of the Board of Directors (2009-2015). During that time, I progressed from junior faculty to assistant Program Director to Program Director, and now Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development. 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.
My clinical interests include the anesthetic implications of obesity and bariatric surgery. I have served as a member of the statewide Weight Loss Surgery Expert Panel and Anesthesia Task Force, Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and am immediate past President of the International Society for Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient. Recent research projects include development and validation of a virtual airway skills trainer and provision of feedback on professionalism and interpersonal communication skills. I am also Editor-in-Chief of International Anesthesiology Clinics and UpToDate Anesthesiology.
Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, MBA
After completing residency in 2005, I joined the faculty of New York University where I was awarded Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006. In 2007, I relocated to Washington, D.C., where I began my service for The George Washington University’s Department of Anesthesiology as Director of the Residency Program in 2008. From 2009-2014, I also served as Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology. At the University level, I serve as Physician Advisor to the Office of International Medicine Programs and I was appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education in March, 2014. Nationally, I was elected to the Executive Council for Core Program Directors from 2012-2015, I was elected to the Association of University Anesthesiologists in 2015, and I was awarded the ACGME’s Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award in 2016.
As an active member of the SEA since 2007, I have led several ASA and SEA workshops, and I have Chaired the 2012 Fall Meeting. I have served as Chair of the Resident Education Committee (2012-2014) and currently participate in the Research and Journal of Education in Perioperative Medicine (JEPM) Committees. I received MERC certification and annually serve as a moderator for SEA poster sessions. I serve as Co-Editor-in-Chief of JEPM (2015-Present), editing manuscripts and co-leading the successful effort to achieve PubMed indexing.
Franklyn P. Cladis, MD
My name is Franklyn Cladis and I am currently a Member of the Board of Directors for SEA. 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-elect for the Pediatric Anesthesia Program Directors Association (PAPDA). I am also one of the editors for Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children, a Senior question writer for the ABA Pediatric Anesthesiology Certifying exam and a Part 2 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 statement of the commitment of SEA to medical education research and to its members. This grant is self-sustaining and will continue to be a resource to our society for years to come.
It has been a privilege to serve SEA as the immediate past Research Chair and Member of the Board. I look forward to serving the members of SEA in my second 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.