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Naval Medical Center San Diego
Sara Gonzalez, MD
Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), which is
affectionately called " Balboa " by its nearly 100,000
beneficiaries, is home to the Navy's West Coast
Graduate Medical Education Anesthesiology Program.
Currently, the program consists of 18 residents, with
six in each class.

Meet the Residents
The Department of Anesthesiology welcomed six CA-1
residents in July:
*	 LT Gabe Crocker, MD, served as the dive medical
officer for the explosive ordinance disposal
units in the San Diego area.
*	 LT John Fahy, MD, completed his transitional
year internship at NMCSD.
*	 LT Eric Knight, DO, completed his transitional
year internship at NMCSD.
*	 LT Kristopher Johnson, MD, served as the
battalion surgeon for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
in Camp Pendleton, CA.
*	 LT Sidney Perles, MD, served as the general
medical officer onboard the USS ASHLAND
home ported in Sasebo, Japan.
*	 LCDR Russ Wier, DO, served as the assistant
division surgeon for 1st Marine Division in
Camp Pendleton, CA.

Fair Winds and Following Seas
As we welcomed the new class, we parted with our
Class of 2020. Four members of the graduating class
are heading overseas to complete tours of duty in
Japan. Ryan Ochs, MD, and Chip Snyders, MD, are both
heading to the island of Okinawa. Derek Sing, MD, is
heading to Iwakuni where he will be staff at a newly
established birthing center. Barrett Sowers, MD, will be
staff at Naval Hospital Yokosuka. The fifth graduate
of last year's class, David Lin, MD, will be staying on
as staff at Balboa. We wish them all fair winds and
following seas, a nautical blessing of safe travels
evoking ideal conditions from the Navy's age of sail.

Education and Academics
The CA-1s hit the ground running and have been hard
at work in the NMCSD operating rooms. The CA-2s
and CA-3s have been mentoring the new class, acting
as floor walker (our local term for consultant on call
and board runner) when they are the senior resident
on call teams, and continuing their training while
completing rotations at Rady Children's Hospital,
UCSD, and USC. The operating room tempo at NMCSD
has been restored to pre-COVID level with all residents
implementing new precautions and procedures
smoothly.
The program continued to expand its Point of Care
Ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum spearheaded by
Damon Dertina, MD. Residents are receiving handson training in both procedures and patient evaluation
techniques.
Residents continued to excel academically with a
strong showing at NMCSD's annual CPI Fair:

CA-1s enjoying a masked class event

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