Committee Members 

The New England Anesthesia Residents Conference Committee is a sub-committee of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists Programs Committee. The NEARC committee was formed at the request of the previous MSA President, Ruben J. Azocar, MD (2011), to promote anesthesiology and its related fields to residents and fellows. The committee meets regularly and in coordination with MSA's Programs Committee. The initial membership of NEARC is as follows: 

Roman Schumann, MD, Tufts Medical Center Subcommittee Chair
M. Iqbal Ahmed, MD, Tufts Medical Center


Antonio Aponte-Feliciano, MD, UMASS Medical Center

Cristin A. McMurray, MD, Carney Hospital Member
Todd W. Sarge, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Member
Naveed Tahir, MD, Boston Medical Center Member (ex officio), MSA
Ruben J. Azocar, MD, Boston Medical Center Previous President (2011)


All NEARC committee members are adjunct members of the MSA Programs Committee and will be appointed for a one year term.


1  - Assure the continuity of NEARC

The subcommittee will assemble and maintain a reference list of all NEARC meetings since 2007 including host institutions names and the respective annual NEARC programs and presentations. Going forward, host institutions will be asked to provide this information to this committee. A web based repository will be established at the MSA web-site, in order for interested individuals and institutions to access this information.

The subcommittee will recruit New England state Anesthesiology Societies to the cause of NEARC to disseminate NEARC information to their residency programs and provide financial assistance to host institutions on an annual basis. To guarantee fair rotation of NEARC between institutions and improved predictability for hosts, the subcommittee will propose a NEARC rotation schedule. Additional measure will be proposed as the committee evolves.

2 - Provide support and guidance to the program hosting NEARC

A generic NEARC meeting framework, that describes a reasonable meeting outline (poster and or oral presentations, themed lectures), degree of residents participation in the meeting organization, timeframe and address list for meeting information dissemination, options for CME credit application and financial support resources will be developed and maintained by the committee. Prior experience by past hosts can be shared. This information will be posted at the MSA website for ready access by prospective host institutions.

3 - Preserve the spirit of NEARC as a meeting of residents for residents

The subcommittee will offer to prospective host institutions to submit their program for review and assistance in design to maintain the original NEARC meeting spirit.

As such, the NEARC subcommittee of the MSA assumes a leadership role for the maintenance and guidance of NEARC for the New England states, and further mission goals will evolve parallel to the overall progress of NEARC as an important professional program for New England Anesthesiology Residents.


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