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2012 California Anesthesia Medical Student Symposium
“Discovering Anesthesia Subspecialties”

Symposium Participants

Saturday | September 22, 2012
8:30AM - 4:30PM
University of California, Irvine - Medical Education Building

Symposium Details »

The first annual California Anesthesia Medical Student Symposium was a resounding success!!! The day started bright and early on the UC Irvine campus for faculty from ten California Anesthesiology programs and students representing twenty-six schools from fifteen states. Dr. Zeev Kain (UCI) opened the subspecialty talks with a candid look into the life of a pediatric anesthesiologist. The next seminar was given by Dr. Maxime Cannesson (UCI), who showcased some of the technology in use for cardiac cases. Afterwards, students had the opportunity to attend two of the skills workshops.

Symposium Participants

Basic Airway, led by Drs. Gary Stier and Jennifer Cristall (Loma Linda), allowed students to learn and practice skills for neonates, infants, children, and adults. In Vascular Access, Dr. Judi Turner (UCLA) instructed students in placing peripheral intravenous lines, central lines, and arterial lines. Dr. Aubrey Yao (UC Davis) demonstrated the use of transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) and how it can be utilized to make a diagnosis. Using ultrasound, Dr. Kapil Anand (Ceders-Sinai) illustrated the anatomy and technique important for regional anesthesia. In Advanced Airway, students learned and practiced the skills required for a difficult airway algorithm with Dr. Pedro Tanaka (Stanford). The last workshop option was Full Simulation, led by Drs. Suzanne Strom and Roger Mecca (UCI), in which students participated in scenarios in a full-scale simulation operating room with computer-controlled mannequins.

Symposium Participants

After lunch, the keynote speaker, Dr. Kenneth Pauker (UCI, former CSA president) gave students insight into the future of anesthesia and how current practice might change in the years to come. Dr. Gregory Polston (UCSD) followed with a discussion of how anesthesiologists contribute to Pain Management. The final talk of the day was given by Dr. Manuel Pardo (UCSF), who described the development of the subspecialty of Critical Care. Students returned to two additional workshops before having the opportunity to talk with representatives from ten California programs at the Residency Fair. At the end of the day, both students and faculty were impressed with the day’s events, excited about anesthesia, and already discussing plans for next year’s symposium!

Lecture Presentations

Keynote: Dr. Kenneth Pauker
University of California, Irvine
The Future of Anesthesiology - Download   
Dr. Maxime Cannesson
University of California, Irvine
Cardiac Anesthesia and Hemodynamics
Dr. Manuel Pardo
University of California, San Francisco
Critical Care and Anesthesia - Download   
Dr. Gregory Polston
University of California, San Diego
Pain Management - Download   
Dr. Zeev Kain
University of California, Irvine
Pediatric Anesthesiology