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September 2015
David Craig, PharmD | Editor

Society

Committee Updates

Introducing the Early Career Advisory Group

Pauline Voon

The Early Career Advisory Group is a newly established resource for early career members of APS. The purpose of the group is to engage early career members (e.g., graduate students, post docs, residents, fellows, and recent graduates/junior faculty) and advocate for their professional needs within the broader organization.

The responsibilities of the group include providing insight and guidance to the board of directors to ensure APS is reflective of and relevant to early career members; planning, executing, and evaluating the Early Career Forum at the APS Annual Scientific Meeting; and identifying opportunities for the professional development and cultivation of future leaders in pain research, education, treatment, and advocacy.

Currently, the Early Career Advisory Group is working towards promoting and increasing involvement of early career members in the Early Career Advisory Group and other APS activities including

  • expanding activities for early career members during the 2016 Annual Meeting (e.g., Early Career Networking Lounge and Early Career Posters session)
  • planning the Early Career Forum
  • providing input to the Clinical Resources and Guidelines Committee on resources relevant to early career professionals
  • developing an APS Early Career web page
  • highlighting the work of early career members.

The Early Career Advisory Group currently includes the following members:

 jennifer

Jennifer Rabbitts, MBChB
Chair, Early Career Advisory Group
Early Career Forum Task Force Member

I am a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Washington. I am passionate about improving outcomes in children after surgery, and my current research focuses on the impact of postsurgical pain on children’s recovery and health outcomes after surgery. APS continues to play a critical role in my career development as a physician scientist, and I am dedicated to helping other trainees and junior faculty grow their professional careers through APS.

 

 mark

Mark Bicket, MD
Members, Clinical Guidelines and Resources Committee

I am a physician scientist and anesthesiologist specializing in pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center, as well as focusing on a graduate training program in clinical investigation through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I plan to lead research related to clinical trials and patient reported outcomes. My work with the Early Career Advisory Group focuses on raising awareness of APS among early career physicians and physicians-in-training.

 robert

Robert Bolash, MD

I am an assistant professor of Anesthesiology at the
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. My
research focuses on clinical patient outcomes associated with
interventional treatments for pain. The Early Career Advisory Group
has allowed me to connect with other junior investigators and
collaborate on clinically important topics for the advancement of pain
research.

 

 yenisel

Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, PhD MSPH
Cochair, Measurement of Pain and Its Impact Special Interest Group

I am an assistant professor at the University of Florida Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence in Gainesville, FL. My ongoing research aims to understand the neurobiological mechanisms involved in the age-related differences of pain perception and modulation using psychophysical and neuroimaging approaches. I am eager to be involved with the Early Career Advisory Group to provide support and resources for early career members with the goal of attracting and retaining the brightest young minds to the field of pain.

 

 

 steve

Steve Davidson, PhD
Cochair, Basic Science Special Interest Group

I am an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. My research interests include skin-nerve interactions and thalamo-limbic circuitry in itch and pain. My principal goals for the Early Career Advisory Group are to create new funding opportunities for early career basic scientists and increase the visibility of their research.

 

 vani

Vani A. Mathur, PhD
Secretary, Pain and Disparities Special Interest Group

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University. My primary research interests are related to understanding sociocultural and brain mechanisms that contribute to increased suffering and disparities in pain. APS has supported my early career development and has been a wonderful source of mentorship, and I look forward to working toward ever increasing support of new researchers and early career scientists as a part of the Early Career Advisory Group.

 

 

 SeeWan

See Wan Tham, MD
Member, Scientific Planning Committee

I am a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. My research focus is on identifying mechanisms underlying the relationships between pain and sleep in pediatric populations, with the goal of advocating for compassionate and evidence-based care for children with pain conditions.

 

 pauline

Pauline Voon, PhD(c) RN
Member, Clinical Guidelines and Resources Committee

I am an Addiction Nursing Fellow and doctoral student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). My current research focuses on the intersection of chronic pain, mismanaged pain, and illicit drug use. As part of the Early Career Advisory Group, my goal is to engage early career nursing leaders in pain research and care to be involved with APS. I will also be representing the voice of early career members on the APS Clinical Guidelines and Resources Committee.

 hants

Hants Williams, PhD(c) RN

I am a registered nurse and fifth-year doctoral candidate at Duke University School of Nursing. My research focus is on non-pharmacological treatment of chronic pain. As a member of the Early Career Advisory Group, I hope to increase resources for new APS members and help grow the yearly fundamentals course. 

 

The Early Career Advisory Group also works closely with APS staff, including Amanda Belknap, Marketing and Membership Director, and members of the APS Board of Directors, including Dr. Timothy Ness, Board Liaison to the Early Career Advisory Group; Dr. Tonya Palermo, Chair for Education; Catherine Underwood, CEO; and Dr. Gregory Terman, President.

Please do not hesitate to contact Early Career Advisory Group Chair Jennifer Rabbitts if you have input for the group or if you would like to get involved.