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Welcome all medical students, in-training, and attending anesthesiologists!

The Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) and its Committee on Resident and Fellow Affairs (CORFA)/Committee on Anesthesiology Students and Trainees (COAST) is honored to host the first relaunch of The New England Anesthesia Resident (NEAR) Conference since the COVID pandemic! 

The NEAR Conference is back with an all new agenda, educational series and speaker events! The conference will be held at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 14th, 2024

We welcome all medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty from all New England anesthesia residency programs and medical schools.

In 2007, The NEAR Conference was established by Dr. Mark Hershey, the MSA president at the time, and Dr. Stephen Heard, Chairman of the Anesthesiology Department at UMass Medical Center. The hope was to create an annual conference hosted by different training programs in New England on a rotating basis and on April 7th, 2007 the first NEAR Conference was held at UMass with great success and attendance

This year, The NEAR Conference has been reimagined and recreated by the MSA’s CORFA/COAST, along with the help of new partnerships, sponsors, and colleagues. Although we have several new offerings this year, the goals of the NEAR Conference remain the same - for medical students, residents, and fellows to have regional opportunities to present their scholarly work, to provide learning beyond the operating rooms, and to create a platform for connection and networking among peers, faculty, and employers.

We look forward to hosting you in Boston on Saturday, September 14th!


Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

75 Francis Street

Boston, MA 02115


Saturday, September 14th, 2024

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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We invite the following training programs and medical schools

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Boston University Medical Center/Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • Brown University/​Rhode Island Hospital-​Lifespan/Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

  • Dartmouth-​Hitchcock/​Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital/Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

  • Frank H. Netter School of Medicine

  • Harvard Medical School

  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center 

  • Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

  • Maine Medical Center

  • Massachusetts General Hospital

  • St Elizabeth's Medical Center

  • Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine

  • University of Connecticut/UConn School of Medicine

  • University of Massachusetts/Umass Chan Medical School

  • UMMS-​Baystate

  • University of New England

  • University of Vermont Medical Center

  • Yale-​New Haven Medical Center/Yale School of Medicine



Registration, Coffee, and Conversations

Bornstein Amphitheater

Welcome all attendees and presenters! Please visit the registration desk before 9 AM to check in and pick up your conference materials.

Help yourself to coffee and a light breakfast.


MSA & COAST Welcome

Keynote Speaker: Jed Wolpaw, MD, M.Ed, FASA

Bornstein Amphitheater

Join us in the Bornstein Amphitheatre at Brigham and Women's Hospital for a warm welcome from the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesia (MSA) and the

Committee on Anesthesiology Students and Trainees (COAST). Our distinguished keynote speaker this year is Dr. Jed Wolpaw, MD, M.Ed., FASA.


Medically Challenging Cases & Poster Presentations

Hale Building

From 10 AM to 12 PM, the sessions for the medically challenging cases and poster presentations will be held concurrently in various rooms within the

Hale Building. Presenters, please ensure you report to your designated session on time. 


ACCRAC Podcast

Zinner Board Room

Join  Dr. Jed Wolpaw for a live recording of an episode for the ACCRAC podcast. Gain insights into anesthesia-related topics and engage in discussions

with our keynote speaker.



Hale Building Atrium

Enjoy a catered lunch and refreshments before the afternoon sessions.


Breakout Sessions

From 1 PM to 3 PM, delve deeper into specific areas of interest with our diverse lineup of breakout sessions. Explore topics ranging from career development to hands-on workshops, tailored to enhance your skills and knowledge. Detailed information about each session will

be provided closer to the event date.


Program Director Panel (For medical students)

Zinner Breakout Room

Gain invaluable insights into the residency application process during the Program Director Panel session, specifically designed for medical students. Hear directly from program directors about what they look for in prospective residents and how to stand out in the application



Financial Planning Session

Bornstein Amphitheater

Secure your financial future with our informative financial planning session. Whether you're a resident, fellow, or attending physician, this

session will provide valuable tips and strategies for managing your finances effectively in the field of anesthesia.


Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks

Bornstein Amphitheater

Join us in recognizing the outstanding presentations during the awards ceremony.


Evening Socials


Anesthesia Associates of Morristown

Medical Students and Residency Programs Mixer

Medically Challenging Cases and Abstract Presentation Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the NEAR Conference this year!

The submission deadline for abstracts and oral presentations is July 14th, 2024. No new or revised abstracts/oral presentations will be accepted after this date. Please follow the links below to access the templates and guidelines for your submission.

All presenters must also register for the conference by August 14th, 2024. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

 Register Now

Submit an Abstract


         Click here for Oral and Poster Presentation Submission Guidelines

     Click here for the Case Report Presentation template. 

      Click here for the Research Presentation template.


Dr. Jed Wolpaw MD, M.Ed, FASA

Associate Professor and Residency Program Director,

Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology, and founder

and host of the ACCRAC Podcast

Jed Wolpaw MD, M.Ed is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and residency program director for the 85 resident training program. He subspecializes in critical care and attends in the surgical ICUs and in the general adult ORs.  

Jed graduated magna cum laude with a degree in History from Brown University. He then received a master’s degree in education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and taught high school history.  Subsequently he transitioned to medicine, receiving his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine where he graduated AOA and was chosen to be the student commencement speaker.  He stayed at UCSF to complete his Anesthesia residency.  He then came to Johns Hopkins for a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine which he completed in 2015. After completing his fellowship Dr. Wolpaw joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins.

In addition to running the residency program he co-runs both the Anesthesiology clerkship and the ICU clerkship.   He is the founder and host of Anesthesia and Critical Care Reviews and Commentary (ACCRAC), a podcast focusing on interesting topics in anesthesia and critical care which has more than 50,000 unique listeners each month in more than 100 countries around the world and more than 5 million total downloads. Dr. Wolpaw is the proud father of 3 amazing daughters and husband to an incredible woman and physician. He is on X @jwolpaw and @accracpodcast.       


2024 NEAR Conference | Leadership Team 


  Cameron Bosinski, MD, MS   

 Karan Sethi, MD, MBA

Planning Committee 

Vanja Tolj, MD

Linda Lee, MD

Jae Ho Kim, MD

Walter Wissler, MD

Maxwell Crow, MD

Medical Student Liaison 

   Devon Evanovich, MS

Conference Speakers and Session Leaders

Please stay tuned for full details on all conference speakers and sessions closer to the event date.

Are you interested in being a speaker or session leader at the NEAR Conference 2024?

Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2024

Please contact us at for any questions!


A special THANK YOU to our NEAR Conference 2024 sponsors!


Exhibitors and Sponsors

Interested in participating in our career fair, or becoming an exhibitor or sponsor for the NEAR Conference 2024? Please contact us at for more information and pricing details! 


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