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March 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 3
FAER Report: Words From a FAER Resident Scholar Kevin T. Beers, M.D. 2012 FAER Resident Scholar

“I believe that being a FAER Resident Scholar has put me on a path toward future involvement in the ASA and beyond. I encourage all residents to get involved in educational and research opportunities so that they might get a chance to share these experiences.”

As a CA-2 resident at the University of Virginia I had the opportunity to attend the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2012 annual meeting as a FAER Resident Scholar. It was an honor to be chosen to represent UVA at this meeting.

FAER is a foundation dedicated to furthering the practice of anesthesia education and research through grants and funding as well as programs such as the Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship and the Resident Scholar Program. While I certainly have a strong interest in anesthesia education, I was not introduced to the FAER program until I was chosen to be a scholar. I was surprised at how far-reaching and inclusive this foundation is. The sheer amount of anesthesia research and education opportunities funded by FAER is very impressive.

As a FAER Resident Scholar, you are invited to attend and be involved in several aspects of the ASA annual meeting. Intermixed within all of the workshops, exhibits, resident component activities and refresher courses are events that the Resident Scholars are expected to attend. These include the Opening Session, the FAER Honorary Research Lecture and the ASA House of Delegates. In addition, FAER partners with several subspecialty societies to allow the Resident Scholar the opportunity to attend a separate meeting the day before the ASA meeting begins. The residents can focus on a particular area of interest such as education, critical care, pediatric anesthesia and neuroanesthesia. My area of interest was anesthesia education, so I chose to attend the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) meeting.

I had a wonderful experience at both the SEA and the ASA meetings. It was a particularly interesting year to attend as it was an election year. There was much discussion and speculation about the election at the ASA meeting. The FAER Resident Scholar Program allowed me to participate in these discussions and learn more about several political and educational issues involving our specialty as we move forward. The dominant theme of the meeting was how important it is to be involved politically, and it was encouraging to learn that ASA plays a large part in our nation’s political makeup. I am fortunate to have been able to meet several important people who are involved at the national level, and I feel that the FAER Resident Scholar Program has given me an avenue for being involved in the future.

Our specialty is also about to embark on several changes with regard to resident education. At the SEA meeting, the focus was mainly on the different ways of educating residents on practice management and health care policy. Both of these are extremely important educational topics to consider as we graduate from our respective programs and move out into practice. As a resident, it was valuable to hear these discussions from a different perspective. Other big topics at the SEA meeting included the ACGME milestones program and staged board examinations. These new designs are likely to change the way residents are educated in the future. The FAER program allowed me to learn how and why these are being implemented, as well as how it will affect the different anesthesia programs around the country.

I am very grateful to have been chosen by the faculty at UVA to attend these meetings as a FAER Resident Scholar. The educational opportunities were seemingly endless. Not only was I able to learn of several advances and changes in our specialty, but I also was able to network and interact directly with several leaders in anesthesiology. I believe that being a FAER Resident Scholar has put me on a path toward future involvement in the ASA and beyond. I encourage all residents to get involved in educational and research opportunities so that they might get a chance to share these experiences.

Kevin T. Beers, M.D. is 2012 FAER Resident Scholar and an anesthesiology resident, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

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