Last Day Of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia As A CA-2

Tomorrow will be my last day (hooray for leap years) on the cardiothoracic anesthesia service as a CA-2 resident. The last two months have only reaffirmed my love for this particular field within anesthesiology....

Finished With The CA-2 In-Training Exam (ITE)

Just wanted to drop a post commemorating my completion of the anesthesia in-training exam (ITE) as a CA-2 resident! It was 200 questions and overall very fair. Now it's time to celebrate with some video games!

“Doc, Will I Ever Talk Again?”

During call shifts, one of my responsibilities is responding to any "airway emergencies" across the hospital. I've performed countless emergent endotracheal intubations in scenarios ranging from cardiopulmonary arrests to impending respiratory failure and self-extubations. In many of...

One Week Till CA-2 ITE

I'm watching the NBA All-Star Game and reflecting on my last week... and the even busier week to come. I've had so many "firsts" as a cardiovascular anesthesia resident this month. My first thoracoabdominal aortic...

Halfway Done With Cardiothoracic Anesthesia As A CA-2

With half this rotation under my belt, I wanted to reflect on how my initial trepidation has transformed into enthusiasm doing cardiovascular anesthesiology. At the end of December, I had been out of the...

ACGME Minimums For Anesthesiology Residents

I wanted to share what the accreditation council for graduate medical education (ACGME) deems to be "minimums" for anesthesiology residents to perform over the course of their residency training. Cardiac Cardiac cases with cardiopulmonary bypass:...

My Changing Views About Anesthesiology

In high school, I distinctly remember viewing the field of anesthesiology as one for the weaklings. Something that's easy. Something which requires knowing a few drugs, some simple procedures, and having the luxury of...

My Beloved Stethoscope

The stethoscope is undoubtedly one of medicine's most recognizable symbols. I've had the same Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope since the beginning of medical school, but only today did I really reflect on how far...

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