January 2017 eNewsletter

Resident of the Quarter:

Congratulations to Brent Yeung, M.D. who was selected as “Resident of the Quarter” for October – December.  Brent demonstrated outstanding professionalism and compassion in the Pre-Surgical Testing Center.  Dr. Ved wrote the following:

“I would like to nominate Brent Yeung for “Resident of the Quarter”. I asked Brent to get involved with an extremely complicated 26 year old woman with complex medical issues including Ehler Danlos, POTTS disease, headaches and with previous spinal fusion involving cervicothoracic segments. She had a Montgomery stent inserted previously for respiratory failure and severe subglottic stenosis. She was proven extremely difficult to intubate during reinsertion of her stent following spinal fusion surgery.

She was scheduled for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. High frequency jet ventilation with Monsoon Jet Ventilator was decided to be the best option for her during surgery without manipulating her stent.  Brent spent hours the day before to do test ventilation with a test lung via a spare Montgomery tube obtained from her mother.  He spent the necessary time talking to her mother, obtain the spare tube and to reassure her. He had thought out all the details with proper measurements, plans of ventilation

in case the primary method failed and followed through with the plans, needing to change course and treat an unexpected hemodynamic instability arising from her POTTS disease.

He deserves the best resident of the year nomination when the parent says “She received the best care ever at Georgetown and the patient was pain free from her headaches for the first time after this surgery”. She was extremely grateful. It would not have gone this smoothly if it was not for Brent being so thoroughly prepared to manage her.”

Dr. Hendrix, Medical Director of the PTC, concurred:  “I am so impressed with this dedication, professionalism, and placing patient care above all else.  His thirst for knowledge is genuine.”  Congratulations, Brent!

Important Announcements

  • TrueLearn Question Bank accounts are now active for all CA-1, CA-2, and CA-3 residents!  If you have any difficulties signing into your account, please see Edith.  All residents have access to the ITE Question Bank until June 30.  In addition, CA-1 residents have access to the BASIC Examination Question Bank until June 30.
  • We will be hosting the 4th Annual Mid-Atlantic Anesthesia Resident Research Conference on April 22-23, 2017.  Registration is now open on the conference website (http://www.midatlanticarm.org).  All residents should strongly consider a submission.  Tiffany Minehart and Liz Gauthier are working hard to put together an outstanding conference.  Speakers include Ernesto Pretto, MD (University of Miami), Jeffrey Plotkin, MD (Georgetown), Daniel Stolzfus, MD (Washington Hospital Center), and Kevin Blaine, MD (National Institutes of Health).  More details to follow.
  • ACGME Resident Survey:  This year’s survey will open on January 16th.  Surveys must be completed by February 19th.  More information to follow.
  • The Annual Pre-ITE DCSA Resident Jeopardy competition is coming up in a few weeks.  Since all three residency programs in D.C. are now categorical, this year we will have teams of 4 to include one PGY-1 resident.
  •  For rising CA-3 residents, application due dates are coming up for ASA-sponsored rotations in (1) Health Policy/Political Affairs and (2) Global Health Outreach in Africa.
  • The next Point-of-Care Ultrasound education session with Dr. De Marchi will be in late January at 6:00 PM.  Topic is Basic Cardiac.
  • The next Simulation Day with Dr. Kim will be Thursday, January 12, 2017.


  • MGUH Resident Town Hall Meeting:  January 18, 5:00 PM – Goldberg Auditorium
  • Annual DC Society of Anesthesiologists Resident Jeopardy Competition:  Saturday, February 4, 2017 – 5:00 PM, GWU Marvin Center, Third Floor
  • ABA/ASA In-Training Examination: February 17-18, 2017
  • Match Day:  March 17, 2017
  • Mid-Atlantic Anesthesia Resident Research Conference: April 22-23, 2017, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Class of 2017 Resident Graduation: June 24, 2017

Resident News

  • Raj Parekh M.D. presented three posters at the 15th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine in San Diego (November):
  1. “Chronic lamotrigine use leading to a false-positive phencyclidine (PCP) result on a urine drug screen” (w/Dr. Tesfayohannes)
  2.  “Complete resolution of chronic low back pain after spinal cord stimulation trial” (w/Dr. Tesfayohannes)
  3. “Intraoperative use of ketamine for a Le Fort osteotomy for a patient receiving ketamine infusions for chronic pain and depression” (w/Dr. Ved)
  • In November, Kasra Razmjou joined Dr. Hoefling on a medical mission trip to Comayagua, Honduras.  They worked at two rural hospitals which received patients from very poor socioeconomic conditions.  Kasra functioned as an attending with his own room every day.  Over the course of five days, he completed over 20 cases including gynecology, urology, and pediatrics (general and neuraxial anesthesia).
  •  In December, Dr. Vinh Nguyen and a number of residents presented posters at the annual Post-Graduate (New York State Society of Anesthesiologists) in New York:
  1. Nina Rawtani M.D.:  Intraoperative Diagnosis of Vena Caval Anastomosis Mismatch During Pediatric Liver Transplantation: A Case Report
  2. Sydney Chiu M.D. and Nora Martin M.D.: Emergency Awake Nasal Fiberoptic Intubation Using Only Transtracheal Injection in an Unstable Patient with Hemorrhaging Carotid Artery
  3.  Kasra Razmjou M.D.:  A 21 Month Old Female with Biliary Atresia and Hepatopulmonary Syndrome Presents for Liver Transplantation 

Upcoming Resident Birthdays:

  • January 15 – Ben Longwell
  • January 30 – Chris Maxwell
  • February 4 – Liz Gauthier
  • February 6 – Brian Nevitt
  • February 15 – Tommy Cestare
  • February 21  – Jennifer Pukish
  • February 22 – Steve Michos
  • February 25 – Janice Lee
  • February 27 – Justine Summers