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April, 2015

  • 5 April

    Preparation for the ABA Basic Board Exam


    Current 2nd year anesthesia residents around the country will be the second group to take the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) “basic” exam (basically, the first half of our board exams) between our CA-1 and CA-2 years. Here’s an excerpt taken straight from the ABA website: The ABA’s BASIC Examination ...

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March, 2015

  • 31 March

    National Doctor’s Day 2015


    Yesterday was National Doctor’s Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the service of physicians. Interestingly enough, the date (March 30th) is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. Hooray for old school ether anesthesia!

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  • 29 March

    2015 MacBook Air 11″ vs Dell XPS 11″ 2-in-1


    Although I’ve absolutely loved my experience with Chrome OS on my Acer C720, I needed a more powerful, portable machine to meet my objectives as a resident physician. I spent the last 36 hours dabbling around the aisles of Microcenter trying to make this crucial decision. The following post is ...

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  • 24 March

    Pre-Op Screen: The Handoff Process


    Intraoperative handoffs of anesthesia care to other providers are commonplace whether it’s for breaks or at shift change. While there’s no “correct” way to do this, I’ve outlined the approach I take.

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  • 14 March

    Most Well-Rounded Call Thus Far


    I was dreading night call on a Friday (the 13th, never the less) at the trauma hospital. Typically the shift is full of people who were involved in violence or reckless behavior – alcohol causes people to do dumb things. Instead, this call shift happened to be my most well-rounded ...

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  • 9 March

    Second CA-1 Airway Month


    I’m well into this month (a second month dedicated to managing difficult airways) which has been filled with call shifts thus far. I wanted to outline some minor updates since my last post.

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February, 2015

  • 22 February

    Who Do We Save?

    ER shock room

    Trauma anesthesia is a whole different game – you never know what could roll through the door at a moment’s notice. Some patients are innocent victims of car accidents, crossfire, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Others were injured while engaging in criminal activity. As ...

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