One of the many casualties of the COVID19 pandemic has been the cancellation of most scientific and educational meetings, including the CSA Annual Meeting and the Western Anesthesia Resident’s Conference (WARC). While this is a big disappointment for all of us, it may have a wider impact on our trainees’ education. Many of them had performed research, prepared abstracts, created posters and practiced presentations for these meetings, and are now denied the chance to share their work with a wider audience. The ACGME requires the performance of scholarly activity, quality improvement projects, and research for all accredited residencies and fellowships. Part of the requirement includes dissemination of this work. Although this year, as a consequence of this pandemic, the ACGME has relaxed many of these requirements, many of our trainees (fellows, residents, medical students and others) had already been hard at work, making new discoveries, investigating ways to improve patient outcomes and describing challenging and interesting cases.
The CSA has recognized the importance of these activities and created the CSA Resident Research Day, an online webinar for trainees to present and share their work paired with a website featuring trainee abstracts. While presenting an abstract online is nowhere near as exciting (or fun) as presenting at a beautiful resort in San Diego or elsewhere, it will still be educational, interactive and hopefully entertaining. This will be an opportunity to allow California trainees (Fellows, Residents and Medical Students) to share their work more widely and for CSA members to learn what is happening in academic centers across California. The interactive component of the CSA Resident Research Day will take place online on June 13, 2020 from 9:00-10:30am.
All California residents, fellows, medical students and other students are invited to submit an abstract to the CSA for consideration. The top 14 abstracts will be chosen for a live presentation on June 13, starting at 9:00 am. All submitted abstracts will be featured on the CSA website. Those trainees whose abstracts do not get accepted for oral presentation, will be invited to create an optional 1-2 minute video presentation of their work in addition to their written abstracts, that will also be included on the CSA website.
We invite all CSA members to tune and listen to our fabulous trainees presenting on a wide variety of topics including cutting-edge science, virtual reality, music therapy, infection control, quality improvement, and management of some very challenging patients.
We are also excited to feature the Inaugural CSA Resident History Essay from winners Stephanie Ranz Gilbert, MD, and Tuyen Thanh Nguyen, MS-4, of UCSF. They will present their wonderful essay based on an interview with the incomparable Dr. George Gregory http://www.csahq.org/news/blog/detail/csa-online-first/2020/05/04/an-interview-with-dr.-george-gregory.
Interested residents should send in their abstracts to the CSA office by Sunday, May 24 by midnight to the google form: https://forms.gle/gf5An3drvqELrxps7. Questions should be addressed to Rachel Hickerson at RHickerson@amgroup.us.
Details for joining the Webinar coming soon.
For questions contact: Rachel Hickerson at RHickerson@amgroup.us and John Brock-Utne at firstname.lastname@example.org.