AASPD Candidate – Pannu

Ameeka Pannu, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

I am writing to apply for the position of Councilor- Critical Care within the AASPD. I am very excited about the opportunities this position would provide to impact our profession—both within the subspecialty of critical care and in our larger role as educators within academic anesthesia. I have outlined my interest and candidacy below.

I am currently the Program Director for the Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As it did for many others, the COVID-19 pandemic illustrated to me the vital role critical care anesthesiologists play within our healthcare systems, not only as clinicians and educators, but also as administrators and leaders. My experience as a new program director during the surge cemented my belief that the ideal program provides more than just clinical training. At our annual meeting and beyond, subspecialty program directors can collaborate to build both an effective leadership curriculum and wellness strategies for their trainees.

As case complexity and acuity continue to grow across our academic medical centers, we have been provided an opportunity to unite across subspecialties in fellowship training. As councilor, I would facilitate innovative curriculum design that allows us to collaborate across subspecialties to build didactics that we can all use to provide the best training for our fellows.

Importantly, virtual interviews and recruitment have provided insight into equity for fellowship applicants. It is crucial that residents everywhere have the opportunity to pursue subspecialty training of their choice. Our recruitment strategies can be expanded to focus on building diverse training programs that will in turn allow us to provide the best care for our patients.

The ideal councilor is collaborative, communicative and flexible in their approach, skills that I have acquired in multiple committee roles within my department and medical center. I am passionate about securing the role of our current and future colleagues as leaders in academic medicine and will be energetic and effective in this new role. Thank you for considering my application.