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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! 


Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

75 Francis Street

Boston, MA 02115


Saturday, September 14th, 2024

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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. We have a renewed agenda with the addition of all new speaker events, breakout sessions, and career fair! 

Even though 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.

Although the conference focuses on programs in the New England area, we gladly accept participants and presenters from across the United States.

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


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Registration, Coffee, and Conversations

Bornstein Amphitheater

Welcome all attendees and presenters! Please visit the registration desk before 9AM to check in and pick up your conference materials. Help yourself to a coffee and a light breakfast.



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

Bornstein Amphitheater

Join us for a warm welcome from the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesia (MSA) and the Committee on Resident and Fellow Affairs (CORFA).  Our distinguished keynote speaker this year is Dr. Jed Wolpaw, MD, M.Ed., FASA.


Speaker Series: Making an Impact in Anesthesiology

Dr. Beverly K. Philip, MD, FACA, FASA

Dr. Alexander Hannenberg, MD

Bornstein Amphitheater 

Listen to former ASA Presidents speak on how and why to pursue leadership in anesthesiology through policy and advocacy


Speaker Series: C-suite Leadership and Live ACCRAC Podcast

Dr. Aalok Agarwala, MD, MBA

Dr. Joanne Conroy, MD

Dr. Sunil "Sunny" Eappen, MD, MBA

Bornstein Amphitheater

Join our distinguished C-suite leadership and Dr. Jed Wolpaw for a live recording of an episode for the ACCRAC podcast. Gain insights into our speakers' journeys, successes, and learned lessons and explore the impact anesthesiologists can make as executive leaders.



Hale Building Atrium

Enjoy a catered lunch and refreshments before the afternoon sessions.


Career Fair

From 12 PM to 5 PM, visit the career fair to network with physician recruiters, exhibitors, health systems, and New England area anesthesiology training programs.


Breakout Sessions

Hale Building 

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.


Medically Challenging Cases & Poster Presentations 

Hale Building

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.


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 process. The timing of this event will not overlap with medical student poster presentations.


Financial Planning Session

Baystate Financial

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

Spectrum Healthcare Partners

Medical Student and Residency Programs Mixer at Game On! in Fenway

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.       


Speaker Series: Making an Impact in Anesthesiology through Policy

Beverly Philip, MD, FACA, FASA - Past President of the ASA and Founding Director of the Day Surgery Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

How to Advance your "Political" Career as an Anesthesiologist - Anesthesiology and Beyond

Alexander Hannenberg, MD - Past President and Chief Quality Officer of the ASA, and Senior Research Scientist, Ariadne Labs.

Creating Value for you and your Specialty through ASA

Speaker Series: Anesthesiology Executive Leadership Panel and Live ACCRAC Podcast

Aalok Agarwala, MD, MBA - Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Quality and Safety, Massachusetts General Hospital

Joanne Conroy, MD - President and Chief Executive Officer, Dartmouth Health 

Sunil "Sunny" Eappen, MD, MBA - President and Chief Executive Officer, The University of Vermont Health Network 

Breakout Rooms

Local and National Legislation that Affects Anesthesiologists

David Hepner, MD, MPH - Medical Director of the Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Women in Anesthesiology

Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD - Henry Isaiah Dorr Distinguished Professor of Research and Teaching in Anaesthetics and Anaesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital

Becoming a Leader: More Than Just Credentials

Bhavani Kodali, MBBS, MD - Chief of the Obstetric Anesthesiology Division, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Applying to Anesthesiology Residency: Program Director Panel

Maurice Joyce, MD, EdM - Program Director, Tufts University School of Medicine

Howard Gutstein, MD - Chairman, Interim Program Director, The University Connecticut School of Medicine

Regional Anesthesia Workshop

Kristin Schreiber, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital 

Balram Sharma, MD, Assistant Professor, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Crisis Management Simulation at STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation

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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