Beginning My Final Month Of Neuroanesthesia As A CA-3

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Tomorrow I’ll be beginning my second and final month of dedicated neuroanesthesia working with a large anesthesia group in Houston at our private, adult hospital. This is the same group I rotated with back in December 2015 on regional anesthesia (so – much – FUN!), so I’m definitely looking forward to the perks of working with these anesthesiologists again! Not to mention free parking… and access to the physician’s lounge… and no call! ­čśÇ


Cerebral blood flow autoregulation curves (Image: neuroanesthesia.info)

I’ll be in cases ranging from spine and brain tumor resections to deep brain stimulations and┬áneurointerventional radiology cases.

I’ve always been fascinated by the unique considerations and anesthetic challenges posed by patients with problems involving the central nervous system. Intracranial pressure (ICP) management, burst-suppression, awake craniotomies, neurophysiologic monitoring (ie, evoked potentials), and performing a timely neuroexam post-operatively are all facets of neuroanesthesia which I aim to improve on this month.

The first day of every new rotation is a little unnerving, but I’m hoping the skills I’ve garnered thus far in my training will translate well into this private practice rotation. ­čÖé

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