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PGY-2 (CA-1)

My second year of residency training

2015 ABA Basic Exam

Now that the American Board of Anesthesiology's Basic Exam is over for CA-1s, I wanted to write about my experiences from the exam on Friday, June 12th.

Farewell Bluehost – Hello SiteGround

I've been a Bluehost customer for roughly eight years, but after growing issues with web performance and uptime, I reluctantly decided it was time for a change. After doing some online research, I decided to go with SiteGround's startup…

Day Before The ABA Basic Board Exam

Since last year, the anesthesiology written boards have been split into a basic exam taken between the 2nd and 3rd years of residency and an advanced exam taken after right after graduating from residency. My class will be the second group…

First Three Weeks of Obstetric Anesthesiology

Its become very evident that obstetric anesthesiology is an entirely different animal compared to my other rotations. I haven't intubated anyone in three weeks. All my patients are relatively young, pregnant women. I haven't even seen a…

Beginning Obstetric Anesthesiology

Today marks my first true day of my two month obstetric anesthesia rotation, and what a way to kick it off - weekend call! I'll have roughly 60 days to master the art of neuraxial anesthetics (epidurals, spinals, and combined…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…