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September 06, 2022

The NASS Backbone: Committee Chair Edition

Welcome again to The NASS Backbone, the series bringing our NASS volunteers to the forefront. NASS has a multitude of committees, sections, workgroups, and task forces working hard to bring the best spine education, research, and advocacy directly to you. But who are these volunteers, and why do they do what they do? This series highlights various volunteers from all areas of NASS, showcasing their experiences both within and outside of NASS.

In this edition, we talk to Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD, Resident and Fellow Education Committee Chair.

Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD
Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD
NASS: Tell us a bit about yourself ...
Dr. Schoenfeld: My name is Andrew Schoenfeld and I am the Chair of the Resident and Fellow Education Committee as well a member-at-large on the Board of Directors. My clinical background is orthopaedic spine and I am a clinician scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. I have been on this section since 2016 and chair since 2018. I live with my wife and 3 children outside of Boston. Avocational interests include history and fashion; I have an extensive tie, shoe and sport jacket collection.

NASS: What has been your favorite part about being part of this Committee? What interested you in joining in the first place?
Dr. Schoenfeld: My favorite part of this committee is programming for the resident/fellow track at the Annual Meeting and engaging with trainees. These were the main motivating factors for my joining this committee in the first place.

NASS: What professions/specialties/experience make up the members of this Committee?
Dr. Schoenfeld: We have had members on our committee from across all the constituent bodies of NASS including orthopedics, neurosurgery, PM&R and anesthesia/pain management. We have members who are attendings and also members who are still engaged in training.

NASS: In your opinion, how does this Committee further NASS' mission to provide multidisciplinary evidence-based health care to members?
Dr. Schoenfeld: I think our committee is one of the most critical in terms of engaging with the next generation of NASS members and leaders and helping them gain the skillsets and experiences necessary to build a rewarding and exciting career in spinal health care.

NASS: What projects are you excited about? How are they of benefit to NASS members and spine professionals?
Dr. Schoenfeld: As we get back to full in-person meetings this year, I am really excited and looking forward to a robust portfolio of resident and fellow track offerings at this year’s Annual Meeting, as well as supplemental web-based content.

NASS: Are there any recent webinars, podcasts or courses you'd like to direct members to listen/watch/attend? What makes them unique?
Dr. Schoenfeld: I think the legacy webinars on EBM, as well as engagement with The Spine Journal and how to review articles are particularly useful for individuals early in their career, or in training, who want to engage more substantively with NASS. To this I also have to add the Your Case is On Hold podcast, of which I am a co-host with my colleague Antonia Chen. While not singularly devoted to spine, we do cover surgical research on a biweekly basis, highlighting the latest and greatest with an added dose of pop culture and entertainment.