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Boot Camp - New CA-1s in Action


The transition from intern year to Clinical Anesthesia Year 1 (CA-1) is a daunting change that can be anxiety-provoking for many. Being successful in learning the art and science of the practice of anesthesia finds its foundations in making this transition as smoothly as possible. To that end, we have developed a “Boot camp” for new or rising CA-1 residents that utilizes simulation to reduce the anxiety of learning anesthesia in the operating room. Small groups of 4-5 residents spend this two-day experience with anesthesia faculty in our Mock OR and Simulation Suite engaging in interactive hands-on learning. During this experience, CA-1 residents take a guided scavenger hunt through the operating rooms and support areas, practice the machine checkout and ploss cart setup, practice central line placement with and without ultrasound using task trainers, learn how to properly set up arterial lines and rapid infusers, practice evaluating patients preoperatively and presenting patients to an attending, practice transporting patients under anesthesia, and learn how to develop and structure an anesthesia plan. The experience culminates with residents taking part in the simulation of a complete surgical case in real-time using our interactive patient simulation manikin in our Mock OR. (written by Justin Traunero, MD, Boot Camp Organizer) >Facebook Post and Photos of CA-1 Boot Camp 2016

Graduation Dinner  

   Grads 2015

Please join us in congratulating the Residents and Fellows  
We are so proud of all that they have accomplished!  

Golden Apple Award 2016

Traunero Justin RDr. Justin Traunero, MD,  Assistant Professor, Neuroanesthesia,  is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Apple Teaching Award in sincere appreciation of his commitment and dedication to teaching and resident education. The award was presented at the Anesthesiology Residency Graduation by Dr. James Turner and Dr. Sarah Kittner. (Co-Chief Residents). 

ASA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC

ASA Legislative group 2016We were fortunate to send three of our residents to the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) Legislative Conference in May 2016. Drs. Susan Vishneski (Chief Resident 2016- 2017), Sarah Kittner (Chief Resident 2015- 2016) and Seiha Kim (Class of 2017) represented our wonderful state of North Carolina. Here they are pictured with NC Senator Richard Burr.

CA-3 Resident Rotates at Ridge Hospital, Ghana, Africa 

Global Health Ghana 2015In partnership with Kybele Inc ., a non-profit organization established by Dr. Medge Owen to promote obstetric anesthesia and neonatal resuscitation, Wake Forest Department of Anesthesiology sends 1-3 residents each year to teach in Ghana, Africa. This year, Dr. Dylan Addis (CA-3 resident, Class of 2018) along with Dr. Matt Hatch (Wake Forest Anesthesiologist) will spend a month in Ghana working side by side with student nurse anesthetists and attending physicians.  >More about our Global Health efforts 

Nicholas Houska, CA-2, FAER Scholar, 2016

Houska Nicholas

Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Houska (Class of 2018)  who was selected to be a FAER Scholar at the American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, on October 22-26, 2016.  Dr. Houska also presented two medically challenging cases on Acquired Long-QT Syndrome Resulting in Torsades de Pointes During Endonasal Endoscopic Resection of Clivus Tumo,and​Inadvertent Administration of High Concentration Epinephrine into the Nasal Mucosa Resulting in Myocardial Ischemia in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery.

Thank you so much for representing Wake, Dr. Houska!

Dr. Houska reflects on ASA trip: “I had a great experience with the FAER in Chicago. Not only did I have an opportunity to present my own research, but was able to attend several lectures by past FAER scholars who are some of the most accomplished researchers in the field. It was very inspiring and reminded me of how important research and education in anesthesiology is in helping our patients have the best outcomes.” 

Perioperative Summit, March 2013

Adam Varady and Lu Adams, both CA-2 residents, presented posters at the Perioperative Summit held recently in Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Varady is in the first photo below and Dr. Lu Adams, accompanied by Sarah Bodin, MD, is in the second photo.

   Perioperative Summit Poster          Preoperative Summit Poster Lu Adams

Lu Adams, CA-2, Recipient of the 2012 Paul M. Wood Fellowship

Dr. AdamsCongratulations to Dr. Lu Adams!  She learned about the fellowship opportunity from Dr. Raymond Roy, her faculty mentor, who is interested in anesthetic history.  She will be spending two weeks in December pursuing scholarly and historical research at the Wood Library-Museum.  Her research topic will be: Uncovering history through photos to gain a more thorough understanding of the development of protective attire usage in surgical procedures.  

Gulf Atlantic Resident Research Conference (GARRC) 

Gulf Atlantic 2013

2013 - Congratulations to Dr. Sam Lobell (CA-2), Dr. Sheel Todd (CA-1) and Dr. Andrea Olson (CA-3) for excellent presentations at the GARRC in New Orleans, April 2013. Special thanks to Dr. Daryl Henshaw for being the faculty facilitator. photo: Dr. Sam Lobell (Co Chief Resident Class of 2014) presenting in New Orleans. 


2012 - We are very proud of the residents that presented at the GARRC in Puerto Rico, April 2012. They did an amazing job. Special thanks to Dr. Mike Olympio who facilitated their involvement and provided mentoring and to Dr. Nick Sparler who won SECOND PLACE for his presentation, 'Video Laryngoscopy: An Excellent View But Can't Intubate a Few" with Dr. Yvon Bryan. photo left to right; Dr. Sparler, Dr. Peacock, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Clover.  Dr. Palliser not pictured.


    2011 - Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Stanislaus (CA-1), Dr. Blake Stevenson (CA-2), Dr. Peter Rivera (CA-1), and Dr. Brian Kornrumpf (CA-1) for excellent presentations at the Gulf Atlantic Resident Research Conference in Orlando (april 2011).  We are very proud of them as they represented us!

    Special congratulations to Dr. Brian Kornrumpf for his FIRST PLACE AWARD for Original Research, in presenting his methods for safely pressurizing the endotracheal tube cuff. Brian worked closely with Dr. David Saliba for many months on this project, and had truly refined the process, and the presentation. 

    The Annual Ether Open Golf Tournament  

      Ether Open 1

    1st photo (left to right); Dr. Royster (Vice-Chairman), Dr. Tobin (Chairman) and 
    Dr. MacGregor (Critical Care). 2nd photo and 3rd photo
    (left to right) - team members, Jeff Peacock (resident), and Justin Porter (resident). 




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