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facility to improve preventive health, provide additional
surgical clinics, and expand our residents' exposure to
diverse outpatient surgical procedures.
Resident wellness activities during the past academic
year adhered to COVID restrictions and included
mountain retreats, group dinners, informal social
gatherings, baking competitions, and 12 days of
Christmas.
Still smiling - Dr. Sharma and Dr. Bhatt on their 2nd day of their
CA-1 year.
hope this program inspires their development as
future leaders in the field.
Last year, mediGOAL featured monthly Zoom seminars
with discussions on overcoming financial and
cultural barriers that deter minorities from a medical
education. Barbara Ross Lee, MD, the first African
American Osteopathic Medical School President, gave
a keynote speech on overcoming these challenges.
Our department also paired the high school students
with RUHS resident mentors from a range of surgical
subspecialties, hosted " Stop The Bleed " workshops,
and held a competition for the students to build Rube
Goldberg heart-lung models.
During the COVID pandemic, our residents volunteered
their skills in the ICUs across institutions, caring
for patients with severe lung disease, unique
coagulopathies, untreated chronic medical
comorbidities, and ECMO complications. RUHS
expanded its Trauma Department, becoming a Level
I Trauma Center, and opened a new state-of-the-art
Residents submitted presentations at WARC, the
Riverside Research Symposium, and ASA. We held
monthly simulation labs, an OSCE session for our
CA-3 residents, and a regional anesthesia workshop.
In June, during orientation weeks, the department
designed and organized a variety of workshops
focused on training new interns across specialties
on central line placement, arterial line placement,
spinal puncture, POCUS, and airway skills, including
fiberoptic intubation and cricothyrotomy on porcine
tracheas.
Dr. Pasca (APD) and new intern Dr. Nguyen at the RUHS Airway
Workshop.
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