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University of
California, San Diego
By Daniel Lee, MD, PhD
We would like to congratulate our 2017 graduates
who have gone on to outstanding faculty and private
practice positions throughout California, and top
fellowships across the country in Boston, Durham,
Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego! Three-quarters of
our graduates this year went on to fellowship training in
pain medicine, cardiothoracic anesthesia, critical care,
regional anesthesia, and pediatric anesthesia.
We continue to expand our multidisciplinary simulation
experiences under the leadership of Preetham Suresh,
MD, who is not only a member of our department,
but also the Director of the UC San Diego School of
Medicine Simulation Center. Under his leadership,
we have expanded our successful program of
multidisciplinary simulator sessions with anesthesiology
and surgical specialties.
Throughout the year, our residents and faculty take
part in unique teaching opportunities that include
simulator sessions for local high school students from
underserved areas of San Diego, regular simulator
sessions for UC San Diego medical students, and
simulator-based teaching of ACLS and PALS to other
health professionals. A number of our residents also had
the pleasure of teaching a workshop at the 6th Annual
California Anesthesia Medical Student Symposium
hosted by UC Irvine. In addition several of our residents
and fellows were selected for multiple presentations
at national meetings and at the Western Anesthesia
Residents Conference, where Benjamin Illum, MD, a
critical care fellow, won a first place award.
We have begun two new fellowships at UC San Diego.
Our Perioperative Medicine fellowship began recruiting
last spring and had its first fellow begin in July 2017.
This fellowship provides unique executive experiences

with departmental and hospital leadership, operating
room management responsibilities, advanced rescue
ultrasound training, and advanced regional anesthesia
training, among a variety of other perioperative
opportunities. Our new Global Health, Anesthesiology,
and Public Policy Fellowship was just approved by
our GME committee and will be recruiting for a July
2018 start. In the past, our residents participating
in humanitarian trips have primarily gone to Asia,
Mexico, or Central America, but this new Global
Health fellowship has added many additional sites and
locations for anesthesia experience in low resource
settings.
As we begin the new year, we look forward to the
success of our next group of UC San Diego graduates,
and to welcoming an outstanding new class of CA-1s
in July 2018! As always, we feel fortunate and proud to
be part of all of the exceptional anesthesiology training
programs in California.

Yvonne Pham, CA-1, teaches at the 6th Annual California Anesthesia
Medical Student Symposium

Ana Moreno, CA-3, and Peter Wingfield, CA-2, take care of patients
during Mexico reconstructive surgery trip

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