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November 2016
David Craig, PharmD | Editor

Society

Meet the Early Career Advisory Group

The Early Career Advisory Group is a resource for early career members of APS. The purpose of the group is to engage early career members (e.g., graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, 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 that 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 aims to promote and increase involvement of early career members in the Early Career Advisory Group and other APS activities including

  • expanding activities and engagement for early career members during the 2017 Annual Meeting
  • planning the Early Career Forum, the primary networking and career development event for junior members of APS
  • providing input to other APS committees on issues relevant to early career professionals
  • developing and disseminating social media content for APS Early Career members
  • highlighting the work of early career members.

The current members of the Early Career Advisory Group are:

Mark BicketMark Bicket, MD
Co-Chair, Early Career Advisory Group
Clinical Guidelines and Resources Committee Member

I am an anesthesiologist specializing in pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. My research interests include evidence summaries, patient reported outcomes, and opioid prescribing after surgery. APS offers great opportunities throughout the year and at the annual meeting for early career members, and I am committed to helping young investigators and those interests in pain grow through APS.

davidsonSteve Davidson, PhD
Co-Chair, 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.

Neels GroenewaldNeels Groenewald, MBChB

I am an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Washington and a staff pediatric anesthesiologist and pain physician at Seattle Children's Hospital. My current research focuses on health service use for pediatric pain disorders and pediatric opioid use. My goal for the Early Career Advisory Group is to support and highlight the work of young pain researchers and clinicians within APS.

Kellie JaremkoKellie Jaremko, MD PhD

I am a physician scientist currently completing my internal medicine internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and will begin my anesthesiology residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital in July 2017. My research is focused on optimizing perioperative anesthesia and pain treatment in the context of acute and chronic pain, addiction, opiate dependence, and stress. Through the Early Career Advisory Group, I would like to help grow social media dispersion of accurate pain education, research, and APS resources to increase awareness and interest in early career scientists, physicians, and students.

Katherine MartucciKatherine Martucci, PhD
Membership Committee Member

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University. My primary research interests relate to understanding how altered neurophysiology and behavior contribute to chronic pain using brain and spinal cord neuroimaging and measures of pain psychophysics in patients. I am currently transitioning towards a faculty career (K99 awardee), and I am passionate about making sure that my colleagues have knowledge of and access to the resources that have helped me succeed in research thus far.

Vani MathurVani A. Mathur, PhD
Vice Chair, 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. As a part of the Early Career Advisory Group, I am working toward increasing support of new researchers and early career scientists.

Jennifer RabbittsJennifer Rabbitts, MBChB
Co-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 reducing 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.

Pauline VoonPauline Voon, RN
Clinical Guidelines and Resources Committee Member

I am a Trudeau and Vanier Scholar in the school of population and public health at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). My research focuses on the intersection of pain and illicit drug use, with a particular focus on the role that clinical pain management approaches may play in high-risk opioid use and other harms. 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 also will be representing the voice of early career members on the APS Clinical Guidelines and Resources Committee.

Hants WilliamsHants Williams, PhD RN

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the department of pain and translational sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. My area of research involves the study of nonpharmacological treatments of chronic pain and sickle cell disease. 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 (APS Marketing and Membership Manager) and 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 (APS Executive Director), and Dr. Gregory Terman (APS President).

Want to get involved? Please do not hesitate to contact the Early Career Advisory Group Co-Chairs Mark Bicket and Jennifer Rabbitts.