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In this month’s Editor’s Column, I will focus on the growth of our SNIS Webinar series and its influence on neurointerventional (NI) education and professional development in 2020. COVID-19 has certainly created challenges for our fellows and early career practitioners by reducing case volumes for several months.1 I believe that our SNIS Webinar series has helped lessen this challenge by providing education in an engaging way that can have a very positive influence now and for years to come.
The SNIS Insights webinar series began in May 2018 under the direction of now President-elect Dr Michael Chen, during his tenure as SNIS Education Chair. After succeeding Dr Chen as Education Chair, I continued producing monthly webinars along with a newly formed Education Committee. The webinars continued to be an excellent resource, but the audience was limited with each webinar reaching approximately 100 individuals inclusive of on demand offerings.
On April 2, 2020, we held the historic “SNIS Special Webinar: Neurointerventional Guidance for COVID-19” session which attracted a record 625 live attendees. Perhaps more impressive was that audience engagement kept it going for over 2 hours 15 min. Capitalizing on this new popularity, the Education Committee and Board endorsed increasing the webinar frequency to weekly. Given the popularity of the new medium, the editors of this journal introduced a monthly “JNIS Journal Club” that …
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