Rovenstine Lecture: Professionalism requires a lifetime commitment

In a soul-searching Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture on Monday, David Chestnut, M.D., examined the key attributes of professionalism and his own journey on the road to professionalism in anesthesiology.

ACT session addresses ratio of anesthesiologists to cases supervised

Problems physician anesthesiologists encounter in implementing anesthesia care teams (ACT) came under scrutiny Tuesday when medical executives from several national and regional anesthesia practices joined 2017 ASA President Jeffrey Plagenhoef, M.D., and Past President John Zerwas, M.D. (2013), to address issues raised by anesthesiologists attending a session, “The Future of the Anesthesia Care Team in the Era of Increased Competition.”

Severinghaus Lecture: Anesthesiologists can help reduce postoperative mortality

Preventable mortality associated with anesthesia is almost nonexistent after efforts by anesthesiologists and others to reduce intraoperative mortality over the past 30 years, according to Daniel Sessler, M.D., who presented Tuesday’s John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science.

Experience a new approach to postoperative pain management!

With the opioid epidemic rising in the U.S., it’s imperative to use a multimodal approach to minimize abuse. Four new e-learning modules address the opioid crisis and demonstrate how to best treat patients for better postoperative outcomes. These modules are free to all ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting registrants.

Lean: Applying manufacturing efficiencies to reduce health care costs

The U.S. has the highest cost of health care in the world, and government and industry have long struggled to find ways to improve efficiency. One option gaining attention is the adoption of lean principles started by auto manufacturers in Japan. A Sunday session, “Kaizen! Employing Lean Principles in the Ambulatory Setting,” looked at the potential of lean.

Announcing #ANES16 Social Media Stars

Nearly 2,000 ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 attendees tweeted and posted about the scientific program, featured sessions, special events and their overall #ANES16 experience.

Podcasts help improve teaching to millennials

Education has changed greatly since most anesthesiology faculty members were students, but many of them continue to use teaching methods from their youth that do not succeed with millennials studying medicine today. To their credit, faculty members are trying to adapt by using digital formats, such as videos and podcasts.

FAER Lecture: Changes in culture, technology improving care in ICUs

Early in their history, ICUs were almost a waiting room for mortality, but that attitude is long gone because of changes in culture as much as changes in treatment. In his FAER-Helrich Research Monday, Michael A. Gropper, M.D., Ph.D., reviewed the positive effects of those changes.

Controlling BP, glucose key in treating patients with SAH

A subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a life-threatening event that also can cause neurological damage, making quick, effective action vital. Anesthesiologists are at the center of these events in controlling blood pressure and glucose levels that can affect outcomes.

Academic medical practice undergoing fundamental change

Big changes are taking place in academic medical practice as the line between academic and private practice begins to blur. Today, more and more academic practices are being run by for-profit groups and community practices are being run by academic institutions.