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Naval Medical Center San Diego
Sammy Baho, MD
Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command
(NMRTC) San Diego, affectionately known as " Balboa, "
is home to the Navy's West Coast Graduate Medical
Education Anesthesiology Program. Currently, the
program consists of 18 residents.
Leadership Changes
2021 saw big changes in leadership with welcoming CDR
Martin Ismawan, MD, as the new Program Director and
Dr. James Slotto, MD, remaining as Assistant Program
Director. CDR Sara Gonzalez, MD, our former Program
Director, has stayed on as part-time staff while also
taking on the challenging role of Director for Surgical
Services of Hospital Ship USNS MERCY (TAH 19).
Welcome Aboard
The Department of Anesthesiology welcomed six CA-1
residents in July. Unique to the Navy, all incoming CA-1s
previously served as Operational Physicians supporting
the Department of the Navy's Surface, Aviation,
Undersea, and Marine Corps units prior to starting their
residency.
* LCDR Sammy Baho, MD, served as Flight Surgeon
with The Flying Eagles of VFA-122 in Lemoore, CA, and
Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN in San Diego, CA.
* LT Eric Emerling, MD, served as the Dive Medical
Officer for the United States Naval Academy at Navy
Medicine Readiness and Training Command, Annapolis.
* LT Matthew Hannon, MD, served as a Flight Surgeon
with The Scorpions of VAQ-132 in Whidbey Island, WA.
* LT Jessica Nieto, MD, served as the Battalion Surgeon
for 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, in Camp Pendleton, CA.
* LT Ryan Scott, DO, served as the General Medical
Officer onboard the USS ESSEX home ported in San
Diego, CA.
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* LT Sean Woodring, DO, served as the Battalion
Surgeon at 1st Landing Support Battalion in Camp
Pendleton, CA.
Beach Side Journal Club hosted by Wenonah Usher, MD.
Education and Academics
Residents continue to work the operating rooms at
NMRTC San Diego, learning not only anesthesia skills and
clinical knowledge to prepare them for hospital work, but
also learning from their staff mentors on the practice of
anesthesia in austere environments, ranging from ships
to field hospitals across the world.
We continue our Resident Education Day program,
which allows for a resident-led and staff-facilitated
day dedicated to education on clinical anesthesia as
well as hands-on training in anesthesia-related skills,
including point-of-care ultrasound and difficult airway
management.
After over a year of virtual journal clubs, we were able to
take advantage of San Diego's beautiful weather for our
monthly outings and journal clubs, combining resident
education and wellness.
The CA-1s hit the ground running and have been hard
at work in the NMRTC San Diego operating rooms. The
CA-2s and CA-3s have been mentoring the new class,
acting as floor walkers (our local term for consultant on

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