VSA Member Michelle Lynam, MD, of Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates in Richmond, won the title of Dr. United States of America for 2021. Dr. Lynam had never entered a pageant before but was inspired by the message of this pageant: “Smart is Beautiful”. The organization focuses on education, mentoring and community service. Her platform is mental health awareness, Covid edu … [Read more...] about Anesthesiologist Dr. Michelle Lynam Wins Dr. USA Pageant
Archives for March 2021
On February 2, 2021 the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists had its Annual Membership Meeting. Unlike previous years, but very much like all meetings held during the previous year, our meeting was held virtually. I am happy to report that almost 70 members tuned in!
Dr. Jeff Green addressed the group and reviewed the activities of his 2-year term. I personally think he … [Read more...] about Annual VSA Meeting Recap
By Casey Dowling, DO, FASA
Medical Director S.T.A.R.T. Clinic
Winchester Anesthesiologists, Inc., Winchester, VA
In medical school, I learned never to assume that the patient knew anything about human biology. To illustrate this, we were shown the results of a sociology project conducted on a random sample of the general, adult population. They had been asked to shade in where the kidneys were on an outline of the human form.
The variation in the responses was huge, including about 10% … [Read more...] about Some Thoughts on the Education of Patients
By Lynda T. Wells, MBBS, FRCA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
72nd District • History and Civics Teacher at Glen Allen High School This last year has posed unusual and enormous challenges to education policy here in Virginia, as the readers of this journal are undoubtedly and sadly very aware. School nurses and health care practitioners have been heroes in both the school-specific problems we face and, in their willingness to step up … [Read more...] about Meet Your Legislator: Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg
Medical simulation has been demonstrated to be an effective method for education. (1,2) Since the creation of the first simulator in the 1960’s, the technology has developed and allows for mastery of learning of skills to the simulation of simple to complex clinical scenarios on high fidelity simulators. More recently simulation is being considered for achieving t … [Read more...] about Medical Simulation in Anesthesia Residency Training
By Michael S. Czekajlo, MD, PhD; Michael Kazior, MD; and Paras Shah, DO, MPT
CVHCS, Richmond, VA