Kevin Neal Reflects on Intern Rotation - Electrophysiology Consults

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Kevin Neal, MD, Residency Class of 2019

Welcome to Wake Forest Department of Anesthesiology. One of the things that attracted me most to this program was how invested the administration is in our education. One way this is demonstrated is in the organization of our intern year. Each rotation is deliberately chosen for its usefulness to our future careers as anesthesiologists. In this way it feels as though we begin our anesthesia training well before our CA1 year.

For example, recently I completed a rotation in electrophysiology (EP) consults. On this rotation I worked alongside a first year cardiology fellow to see the most interesting arrythmia patients in the hospital. Often this included managing persistent afib/flutter, high degree AV block, ventricular arrhythmias and many undifferentiated patients with mutliple cardiac issues. I had daily one-on-one teaching from EP attendings on advanced EKG and rhythm strip interpretation. I was able to assist in new patient workup and management as well as device interrogations. It was clear that I was respected as a valuable member of the team and by the end of the rotation was looked to for my opinion when deciding course of action. Whether it is working with patients with ICDs, chronic arrythmias, or a new arrhythmia, it is essential that we develop a comfort with diagnosing and managing these patients. Wake Forest has identified the areas of medicine which are crucial to our success and has integrated them into our training program. By doing this, we are not just "getting through intern year," but rather we begin our training as anesthesiologists as soon as we arrive on day 1. I hope you consider Wake Forest for your future training in Anesthesiology and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Kevin Neal, MD
Residency Class of 2019


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