Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship Council

Purpose

The Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship Council (hereby referred to as the Council) is a committee that provides oversight to the ASPMF (hereby referred to as the Fellowship). The Council reviews the development of the Fellowship, evaluations of the Fellowship, and makes decisions regarding admissions of Fellows.

Membership

The standing Council comprises at least 1 member of MTSA, 1 AANA member, 2 appointed members of the CRNA community, 1 non-CRNA public member, and the Fellowship Program Director who also serves as Chairman of the Council.

CRNA members are appointed by the Program Director and include members who are knowledgeable of academic program curriculum development and/or experience as a CRNA with a practice focus on acute pain management. Appointed members will serve a 1-3 year term (to provide for continuity, the individuals first appointed to the Council will have staggered terms ranging from 1-3 years).

Frequency & Length of Meetings

Meetings are held a maximum of 4 times a year, and no fewer than 2 times a year unless otherwise decided by the Council members. Meetings are scheduled every 4 months, held in person and/or via online conference for 1 hour unless otherwise decided by the Council members. The presence of a quorum of voting members and attendance by Council Chair are required for making amendments to this charter.

Record Keeping

Minutes for each meeting will be taken by the Assistant to the Council Chairman, who will be the recording secretary for all Council Committees. All records for the Council will also be maintained by the Assistant to the Council Chairman.

Representatives to Other Bodies

The Fellowship Program Director will represent the Council in any other MTSA Committees.

Committees

The Council shall establish the following committees:

  1. Evaluations Committee
    Membership: ASPMF Council, with the Program Director as Chairman; additional members as assigned.
    Responsibilities: Review all evaluations of the Fellowship.
    Reporting: Reports to the President’s Council (PRC).
    Meetings: Convenes during the Council meetings.
  2. Interview Committee
    Membership: ASPMF Council, with the Program Director as Chairman; additional members as assigned.
    Responsibilities: Interview and selects application candidates who were extended an invitation to interview by the Screening Committee, a sub-committee of the Interview Committee. Recommend policies and criteria for admission of Fellows to the Fellowship cohort, with advice from other appropriate committees.
    Reporting: Reports decisions made for admission to the Council for each cohort. Reports recommended policies and criteria for admission of Fellows to the PRC.
    Meetings: Convenes twice a year for interview sessions for each of the two yearly cohorts.

The Council shall also convene ad hoc meetings of a Progressions Committee and Appeals Committee as needed. When convened, these committees will contain appointed membership from within the Fellowship, Council, Existing Cohort, and MTSA Administration.