July-August 2018 eNewsletter

Important Announcements

  • On Saturday, June 16, 2018, we celebrated the graduation of our eight outstanding senior residents.   We will miss this group of terrific clinicians and wonderful people:
    • Mirza Baig:   Private Practice, Reston, VA
    • Jeremy Becker:   Private Practice, Denver, CO
    • Elizabeth Gauthier:   Regional Anesthesia Fellowship – Duke University, NC
    • Jessica Ivey:   Private Practice, Huntsville, AL
    • Tiffany Minehart:  Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship – CNMC, DC
    • Raj Parekh:  Pain Medicine Fellowship – Cleveland Clinic, OH
    • Omar Shairzay:   MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    • Andrew Winn:  Private Practice, Roanoke, VA
  • Congratulations to those residents who also received awards at graduation:
    • Medical Student Teacher of the Year:  Ben Longwell, Jung Kim, Omar Shairzay,
    • Best Senior Resident Grand Rounds Presentation:  Raj Parekh
    • Best Academic Performance:  Andrew Winn
    • Resident of the Year:  Tiffany Minehart
    • Teacher of the Year (GUH):  Sumeet Gopwani
    • Jonathan Lessin Award for Inspirational Leadership:  Jason Hoefling
    • Resano Award for Excellence in Resident Education (WHC):  Jonah Lopatin
  • We are pleased to welcome 12 new residents to the Department of Anesthesiology:
    • Ivy Co – University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Bonnie Diora – West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Jennifer Huo – Kansas City Univ. of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Stephen Kwong – Georgetown University School of Medicine
    • Samuel Lawrence – Georgetown University School of Medicine
    • Brandon Madsen – Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
    • David Melnick – Georgetown University School of Medicine
    • Lamie Nguyen – University of Rochester School of Medicine
    • Jay Patel – Saint Louis University School of Medicine
    • Michael Tripp – Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
    • CJ Lion – Georgetown University School of Medicine (PGY-2)
    • Sarah Ren – Tulane University School of Medicine (PGY-2)
  • Congratulations to the entire CA-2 class for achieving a 100% pass rate on the June administration of the ABA Basic Certification Examination!
  • Congratulations to Camille Cross for being selected as the 4th quarter “Resident of the Quarter”!   Dr. Jivan wrote the following nomination:

Camille is incredibly sincere, hardworking and always displays professionalism.  She went above and beyond to help me during some complex pediatric cases during these last 3 weeks on multiple occasions. She is extremely particular about patient care and safety.

We had an add-on thoracotomy on a 2 year old ASA 4E patient first thing one Friday morning 3 weeks ago. She immediately set-up for the case, evaluated the patient to the best of her ability and helped consent the mother with me, explaining the risks and benefits of the anesthesia to her. She was very compassionate towards the patient’s mother understanding the delicate situation at that time.

She worked relentlessly all day focusing on patient care and safety while making sure to check with me as a team that everything was on track. It turned out to be a very busy day as our other 2 patients were challenging as well but she kept her spirits high and was sincere and strived to do a really good job.

  • Please make every effort to stay on top of your administrative responsibilities:  Duty Hours, Case Log, and Conference Attendance.  Audits will occur on a more frequent basis this year.  We will also begin releasing a monthly Compliance report.
  • The 2018-19 TrueLearn accounts for all R-1 to R-4 residents are now open and active.  You should have received an e-mail with instructions to access the new account.  The 2019 ITE Question Bank should be available for use.
  • We encourage all residents to use Dr. Gopwani’s www.gtanesthesia.com site regularly.  There is a wealth of information in the “Teaching File” for use each day in the O.R.
  • Cerner Reminders:
    • Please remember to verify that your patient matches the patient you are charting in the EMR prior to starting your case.
    • Free text notes should be utilized often.  Anytime a provider needs to clarify any documentation in the chart or instances where the EMR ‘forces’ you to document something that is not accurate or reflective of what was actually performed, you should be entering a free text note.
    • You have to manually document values if you are having difficulty getting data to flow or you are providing anesthesia in a location that does not have this capability (MRI, CT, TEE, etc). It is unacceptable to simply not chart this information.
  • A reminder that class advisors have now been assigned for each residency class.  Responsibilities of the class advisor include professional counseling, academic advice, and review of the residents’ semi-annual report.  Advisors will remain with the same class until graduation.



R-1 (CB)

Schobel, DeGroot

R-2 (CA-1)

Coppinger, Gilmore

R-3 (CA-2)

Feldman, Bellil

R-4 (CA-3)

De Marchi, Slabach

Resident News

  • Mausam Kuvadia has been selected as a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Resident Scholar for the 2018 American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.

Upcoming Events

  • Resident Study Break with Dr. John Dombrowski – July 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM (MM Conf Rm)
  • CA-1 Mind-Body Medicine & Wellness Retreat:  August 17-19, 2018 – Aspen Wye Resort, Queenstown, MD
  • Departmental BBQ:  September 8, 2018 – Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, VA
  • Annual ASA Meeting:  October 13-17, 2018 – San Francisco, CA

Upcoming Birthdays

  • July 4 – Stephen Yang
  • July 16 – Andy Liao
  • July 19 – Jay Toffey
  • July 22 – CJ Lion
  • July 25 – Bonnie Diora
  • July 29 – Sarah Ren
  • August 1 – Nora Martin
  • August 2 – Kenisha Solomon
  • August 4 – Jung Kim