Night of the Machines hosted by Dr Mike Olympio at Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Internal compartment of the Mindray A7 anesthesia machine

I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended the Anesthesia Machine Workshop “Night of the Machines” put on by Dr Mike Olympio who has done so for about every other year at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. This year’s was held  in the Center for Applied Learning and was well attended by anesthesiology residents, the institution’s anesthesia technicians, several student nurse anesthetists, and a few visitors like myself.  The 13 hour program was built on break-out sessions of small groups reading and analyzing schematics and diagrams on older machines, presenting their findings, and followed by expert lectures tying classic design to current machine principals. Representatives from anesthesia machine companies such as Mindray and Drager were on hand who presented their companies newest machines–the Mindray A7 and the Perseus A500.  The Mindray’s internal components are pictured above. The Perseus has a ventilator powered by a turbine the size of an Oreo cookie that spins at 55,000 rpm.  The two day event concluded with a hands-on Datex Aestiva machine pre-anesthesia safety check-out in the simulation laboratory. Participants were challenged to uncover 9 problems laid before them by the author of this course. Dr Olympio provided home baked goods while catered lunch and dinner was enjoyed by all.

Redefining Roles in the Changing Landscape of HealthCare

Michael DeCiccaAnesthesiology News in December 2014 includes a thoughtful editorial  by  current CA-2 Anesthesiology resident, Michael DeCicca M.D., of the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse New York.  It is an excellent characterization of the tension between CRNA’s and anesthesiologists as well as a good reminder of what it means to be a “Luddite”.  To further our chosen profession, Dr DeCiccia asks us potential Luddites to “consider the reasons (we) went into anesthesia in the first place,the facets of the specialty that piqued (our) interest, and develop them.”

link to Dr DeCiccia’s Article

Wake Forest Is Home to Top-Ranked Anesthesiology Program

Physician John Charles Gerancher was instrumental in establishing the anesthesiology teaching program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Thanks in part to JC Gerancher’s contributions, the Wake Forest anesthesiology training program has attained many notable commendations, including being named one of the top five U.S. anesthesiology training programs.

The current faculty at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center includes many distinguished members. Nineteen members of the faculty have attained ranking among America’s top doctors, and six are principal investigators on major National Institute of Health funded research projects. Reflecting the program’s quality of leadership, eleven faculty members have gone on to serve as the chairs of other universities’ departments of anesthesiology. Moreover, the current editor-in-chief of Anesthesiology, the premier medical journal covering the discipline, also serves as a faculty member at Wake Forest.

Since the inception of the Wake Forest anesthesiology program in 1967, over 300 physicians have sought training there. Under the guidance the school’s esteemed faculty, these medical students receive excellent foundational education in anesthesiology.