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April, 2015

  • 20 April

    Patients and Protocols


    Protocols and checklists are routinely used in healthcare to avoid oversights and preventable mistakes. In the perioperative setting, there are multiple hard stops to prevent dangerous mistakes (ie, doing the wrong operation on the wrong patient). The more I grow as a resident physician anesthesiologist, the more I appreciate the importance ...

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  • 19 April

    CA-1 Resident Poster Symposium


    For the last several years, our program has hosted an annual anesthesiology poster symposium where CA-1 (PGY-2) residents discuss interesting cases or topics in anesthesiology. I presented an overview of anesthetic/surgical considerations in penetrating neck trauma yesterday morning.

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  • 5 April

    Preparation for the ABA Basic Board Exam


    Current 2nd year anesthesia residents around the country will be the second group to take the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) “basic” exam (basically, the first half of our board exams) between our CA-1 and CA-2 years. Here’s an excerpt taken straight from the ABA website: The ABA’s BASIC Examination ...

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March, 2015

  • 31 March

    National Doctor’s Day 2015


    Yesterday was National Doctor’s Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the service of physicians. Interestingly enough, the date (March 30th) is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. Hooray for old school ether anesthesia!

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  • 29 March

    2015 MacBook Air 11″ vs Dell XPS 11″ 2-in-1


    Although I’ve absolutely loved my experience with Chrome OS on my Acer C720, I needed a more powerful, portable machine to meet my objectives as a resident physician. I spent the last 36 hours dabbling around the aisles of Microcenter trying to make this crucial decision. The following post is ...

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  • 24 March

    Pre-Op Screen: The Handoff Process


    Intraoperative handoffs of anesthesia care to other providers are commonplace whether it’s for breaks or at shift change. While there’s no “correct” way to do this, I’ve outlined the approach I take.

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  • 14 March

    Most Well-Rounded Call Thus Far


    I was dreading night call on a Friday (the 13th, never the less) at the trauma hospital. Typically the shift is full of people who were involved in violence or reckless behavior – alcohol causes people to do dumb things. Instead, this call shift happened to be my most well-rounded ...

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