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Wake Forest’s chapter of AIG is dedicated to increasing medical student exposure and opportunity in the field of Anesthesiology. In order to achieve this goal, our group hosts several events for the school year including the development of an IV clinic. Students are assigned to the outpatient pre-op clinic where they learn and practice how to start an IV. Several AIG members participate in this clinic throughout the year, and it has been quite successful over the past few years. In addition to our IV clinic, we plan an airway clinic in the simulation lab  once a year. The clinic consists of an overview and demonstration of airway basics such as intubation, followed by hands-on participation and scenarios using the mannequins. Our interest group usually hosts two lunch talks per year – 'Introduction to Anesthesia' & 'Subspecialties in Anesthesiology'. The lunch talks are often led by faculty members including our AIG Faculty Mentor, Dr. Nichole Taylor. Wake’s AIG is greatly supported by our Anesthesiology department which is committed to assisting medical students any way they can. To learn more about our program and department, please visit


    Conrad Collin - optCongratulations to Collin Conrad (Medical Student Class of 2017) who received the Medical Student Award for Excellence. Congratulations Collin!


    Medical Students Participate in ASA, 2016

     I truly enjoyed my time at the ASA meeting in Chicago. The exposure to anesthesia so early in my academic career as well as networking with program directors and residents from all over the country was a remarkable experience. Learning about important issues encountered in anesthesia nationwide, on local and political levels was most definitely intriguing. I was also able to present research with my mentor Dr. Ross and serve as the alternate delegate. Having these opportunities as 2nd year medical student was a great pleasure.  I am very interested in outreach and advocacy, especially to underrepresented communities. The Doctor’s Back to School program focuses on increasing the number of minority physicians while also working towards eliminating racial and ethnic disparities. While in Chicago I visited a local middle school and participated in a Q&A about my journey to medicine and what it’s like to be a minority medical student. I truly enjoyed the privilege of being able to show the children that healthcare careers are attainable for everyone!—Tesia Oliver 

    ASA 2015

    Medical Students Participate in ASA, 2015
    We had four amazing medical students from Wake Forest School of Medicine participate in the ASA Conference in 2015. Brittany Young is Secretary of the Medical Student Component, which was part of the House of Delegates for the American Society of Anesthesiology. Ashley Hodges presented 3 posters with her faculty mentor Dr. Yvon Bryant. Kirsten Battles presented a poster with Dr. Vernon Ross and also was the delegate for WFSOM in the Medical Student House of Delegates. Osemeke Edobor attended the medical student learning track. We could not be more proud of our stars and future leaders in anesthesiology!   

    ASRAASRA 2017
    We were thrilled to have such strong medical student representation at the 2017 ASRA Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Management Meeting in San Fransisco. Fourth year medical students Naucika DeSouza and Seth Parker presented posters on the difference between Liposomal Bupivacaine (Exparel) versus Non-Liposomal Bupivacaine in Transversus Abdominis Plane Block for Right-Sided and Left-Sided Colorectal Surgery. They did a retrospective chart review and compared the opioid requirements and pain scores between the Liposomal Bupivacaine and Non-Liposomal Bupivacaine and found there was no statistical significance in the two groups.  Naucika did the chart review and poster for the Right-Sided Colorectal surgery and Seth did it for the Left-Sided colorectal surgery. How amazing is that?! 

    Wake Medical Student Representatives to the ASA House of Delegates
    The Department of Anesthesiology is proud to support our Wake Forest medical students’ participation in the American Society of Anesthesiology Medical Student House of Delegates.  Representatives from our institution for past 5 years include 2016: Naucika DeSouza and Tesia Oliver; 2015: Brittany Anderson, Kirsten Battles and Natalie Elder; 2014: Brittany Anderson and Ian Gray; 2013: Laura Pippitt and Evan Thilo; 2012: Jatandra Morton-Howard and Evan Thilo.  Delegates reflect on their experience below.

    DeSouza Naucika

    Naucika DeSouza
    The ASA meeting was an excellent opportunity to learn about the future of Anesthesiology and interact with the Anesthesiology community.  I have always been interested in advocacy and as an ASA delegate you are on the forefront of decision-making for key issues in Anesthesia.  Hearing about the proposed changes people want to make and being able to vote on these issues is a great way to let your voice be heard.  In addition to advocacy, the annual meeting enables students to network with Program Directors and residents at the ASA Residency/Fellowship Meet and Greet and really get an inside look at each program.  Overall the ASA was an amazing experience to learn more about the field of Anesthesiology and the direction it is headed.

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    Laura Pippitt
    I was so thankful to have the opportunity to attend the ASA meeting in San Francisco.  The meeting not only gave me the chance to meet program directors and residents from programs across the country during the meet and greet, but I was also the alternate delegate representing Wake Forest.  I can’t encourage medical students enough, to take advantage of this experience, whether it is to present research or to participate as a delegate.  It is an invaluable experience, and exposes you to the hot topics of discussion in the field of anesthesia. 

    Evan Thilo

    Evan Thilo
    The ASA meeting was a terrific opportunity to be exposed to the anesthesiology community.  It was informative to hear about the major issues that anesthesiologists across the United States face in their daily practice and also at the political level.  I had a wonderful time meeting residents from all over the country and getting a unique head-to-head comparison of different residency programs I am considering.  Overall, the conference made it apparent why education and advocacy make up the mission of the American Society of Anesthesiologist.





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