Procalcitonin Inflammatory Biomarker

Procalcitonin (PCT) is a 116 amino acid peptide precursor to calcitonin, a hormone involved in calcium homeostasis. PCT increases significantly in the context of proinflammatory bacterial infections but remains low in viral and other...

IVC Measurements Using Echocardiography

The subcostal view on transthoracic echocardiography can be used to examine the inferior vena cava (IVC), a large valveless vein which returns blood from the lower body to the right atrium (RA). With spontaneous inspirations,...

Finished First Rotation In Thoracic ICU

Our thoracic ICU rotation is perhaps the most difficult rotation we have as anesthesia critical care fellows. For two weeks, we're q2 call (meaning on call every other day). The patients are super sick,...

Critical Care Fellowship Rotations

My fellowship is divided into two week blocks throughout the year. We rotate alongside fellows/residents from other departments and almost always in a multidisciplinary setting consisting of nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical/occupational therapists,...

Passed The ABA Anesthesiology Written Boards

To become a board certified anesthesiologist, we must pass our two-part written boards. I took the $775 "basic exam" between my PGY-2 and PGY-3 years on 6/12/2015 and the $775 "advanced exam" on 7/28/2017....

Finished First Block Of Cardiac ICU

As a critical care fellow, I'll spend a total of two months (four, 2-week rotations) in the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU). I just finished my first rotation there and got to befriend many...

Fellowship Application Personal Statement

After my Instagram Live session last night, I received some requests to post my most recent personal statement. Keep in mind that this one essay was used to apply to two different fellowships (cardiothoracic...

Cardiac Output With LVOT Measurements Using Echocardiography

It's possible to utilize transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), a noninvasive technique, to estimate a patient's cardiac output. I'll use some images from an echo I performed on a patient with a depressed left ventricular ejection...

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