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Ruth Landau, MD, Virginia Apgar Professor of
Anesthesiology at Columbia University, gave a series
of outstanding presentations of great practical value.
Dr. Landau gave an elegant review of all the reasons
why we should adopt the combined spinal-epidural
technique in obstetric anesthesia. This technique can
provide rapid pain relief with the spinal anesthetic dose,
while the catheter allows for longer-term management
through labor and potential Cesarian section.
Dr. Landau's enthusiasm was palpable, and the
audience was convinced! Dr. Landau gave concise
presentations on two common problems in obstetric
anesthesia: pre-eclampsia and management of
inadequate pain relief during and after Cesarian
section. Both talks were outstanding in their stepwise,
systematic approach. The audience participation was
enthusiastic, showing appreciation for Dr. Landau's
dynamic, practical presentations.
Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology
and Senior Associate Dean at the Medical College
of Wisconsin, joined us virtually for five presentations
covering a range of topics reflecting both his academic
practice and his engagement in national policy
affecting anesthesia practice. Dr. Ehrenfeld is also
a member of the Board of Trustees of the American
Medical Association, where he advocates for health
equity and provides critical input into national policy.
He also heads the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin
Endowment. This background allowed him to cover a
broad range of topics, including " Artificial Intelligence
and the Future of Medicine: What Lies Ahead for
Anesthesiologists " . This is a timely topic, as deep
learning and other AI modalities are increasingly finding
their way into our practice. In another presentation,
Dr. Ehrenfeld described how this technology can be
leveraged to improve quality and safety. In his final
presentation, " Health Policy in 2021: What's Next, "
Dr. Ehrenfeld described his participation in helping
set national healthcare policy, with a plea that we all
become active participants.
Marla Ferschl, MD, Professor of Anesthesia
and Perioperative Care at UCSF, gave a series
of outstanding talks on pediatric anesthesia, from
the outpatient setting to emergency management
of the newborn and neonatal resuscitation in the
delivery room. Her talks were perfectly targeted to
the practicing anesthesiologist who has to manage
pediatric patients in a number of different settings.
Dr. Ferschl expertly covered topics from difficult airway
management in the pediatric patient to " Pediatric
Postoperative Pain Management Strategies and Bread
and Butter or Calamity Anesthetizing the Pediatric
Patient for T and A in 2021 " . The audience was clearly
engaged, asking great questions that showcased Dr.
Ferschl's broad experience in pediatric anesthesiology.
Dr. Ferschl also participated in the panel discussion
moderated by Dr. Pearl, titled " Anesthesia to the
Rescue: How did our Specialty Respond to the COVID
Crisis? " This session included audience participation.
Ronald Pearl, MD, PhD, FASA, Professor of
Anesthesia, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine
at Stanford University, is former Chair at Stanford
and current President of the California Society of
Anesthesiologists. Dr. Pearl gave a comprehensive
review of " Management of Pulmonary Hypertension " .
Dr. Pearl's talk was a tour de force, describing
everything from basic pathophysiology to practical
tips for intraoperative management. He also was
an engaging moderator for the panel discussion on
COVID-19 and its impact on our practice.
I was privileged to have the opportunity to chair the
meeting. My presentations ranged from the practical
( " Risks and Benefits of Blood Transfusion, Management
of Respiratory Failure " ) to the more inquisitive
( " Managing a Multi-generational Workforce Through
the Pandemic, and Health Equity in Perioperative Care " ).
We were fortunate to have an engaged, enthusiastic
audience, with thought-provoking questions both
during the presentations and at the breaks. We all felt
fortunate to be back together in-person at such
a beautiful venue.
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