The holiday spirit is here! There are ornaments and festive music everywhere, Thanksgiving is still fresh in our memories, and the winter chill heralds the arrival of major religious holidays as well as the New Year. Yet, this year obviously feels different. For almost 12 months we have endured a pandemic that has transformed every aspect of our lives and will leave profound marks in the way we conduct ourselves for the foreseeable future.Continue Reading…
What a year! In continuing to improve well-organized bookcases and other real or virtual backdrops, we have clearly embraced the new normal. While the disappointment of missing real human contact associated with education is difficult to quantitate, there is certainly a silver lining to be appreciated. Developing and delivering didactic materials during a pandemic has required us to dig deep into the reserves of our creativity, and the results have been excellent to say the least.Continue Reading…
On behalf of the Communications Committee, we invite you to take a look at the newly launched SOCCA Drip online. To provide a greater wealth of resources to members in a timelier fashion, SOCCA Drip will be regularly updated to feature both long-form content written by members and brief topical highlights from the popular media, peer-reviewed literature, relevant professional societies, and other sources that will be of interest to the membership. We will continue to aggregate the majority of these features into our quarterly Interchange newsletter.Continue Reading…
Read members-only job posts—including a role with Oregon Health & Science University, which is seeking candidates for a Faculty Position for Anesthesiology Critical Care, as well as a position with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, whose combined Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care are recruiting an Anesthesiologist to join its staff.Continue Reading…
This month we are featuring Dr. Jing Tao. Dr. Tao is an anesthesiologist and intensivist at Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital in New York. She is originally from NYC, completed residency training at the University of Maryland, and then her critical care medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We asked Dr. Tao to reflect on her experience as a SOCCA member so far.Continue Reading…
COVID-19 has caused immense stress on physicians. Anesthesiologists and critical care physicians have been at the forefront of pandemic response, whether caring for critically ill patients or facilitating surgical procedures amidst significant uncertainty. Health care providers are particularly vulnerable to mental health issues amidst risk of exposure, longer work hours, shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), challenging resource allocation decisions, stress of caring for their loved ones, threatened financial and job security, and an overall decrease in social interactions.Continue Reading…
Personal reflections of the COVID-19 pandemic and professional development in Anesthesiology Critical Care
The biting cold winter in Minnesota did not feel any different in January, 2020, but for the news wildly circulating over the internet, television, radio, and social media of a novel coronavirus spreading in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which would later be termed SARS-CoV-2. Everywhere else, people continued their life with minimal worry. In the new millennium, other potential pandemic threats related to SARS (2003), H1N1 (2009), MERS (2012), and Ebola (2014-2016) were readily managed with routine infectious disease principles and did not disrupt our life to any significant extent.Continue Reading…
Particularly challenging in the chronically hospitalized, the immunocompromised, and those with cystic fibrosis, P. aeruginosa has found a niche in intensive care units around the world. P. aeruginosa is a very common, encapsulated, gram-negative rod that has been recognized for its highly evolved antibiotic resistance.Continue Reading…
The risk to healthcare providers of intubating patients with COVID-19 is a global concern, but data are scarce despite the presumably high risks. Surprisingly, the results of a recent study published in Anaesthesia by El-Boghadadly et al. suggest that the risk of transmission, hospitalization, and/or self-quarantine may be slightly higher than 10%!Continue Reading…
Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish, MD, Henry Isaiah Dorr Distinguished Professor of Research and Teaching in Anaesthetics and Anaesthesia; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts was the 2020 SOCCA Lifetime Achievement Award WinnerContinue Reading…
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A new working group has been approved by SOCCA’s Board of Directors! Dr. Alisha Bhatia, MD, Vice Chair of the SOCCA Membership Committee, will be the leading the Early Career Anesthesia Intensivists Working Group.
If you or a colleague would be interested in learning more and getting involved, please join us for a virtual gathering on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5pm CT (6 pm ET). Click here to register and review the meeting details.
The REMAP-CAP investigators recently reported that treatment with the IL-6 receptor antagonists tocilizumab and sarilumab improved outcomes—including survival—in critically ill adults with COVID-19. See the pre-print here.
A Message from SOCCA’s President
Dear fellow members: SOCCA’s enthusiasm is unmatched! I would like to thank you for your strong participation in the recently distributed ASA survey for difficult airway guidelines. Our Society was the 3rd highest respondent, surpassing even bigger and national societies!
Thanks again for your participation and passion for advancement of the specialty!
Miguel Cobas, MD, FCCM
In this COVID-19 infographic, the prevalence and impact of coagulopathy is reviewed, the predictors of disease severity are highlighted, treatment options are described, and areas of clinical uncertainty are identified.
Source: COVID-19 Coagulopathy and Inflammation: The Knowns and Unknowns
Anesthesia & Analgesia131(5):1323, November 2020.
SOCCA Member Ashish Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, Wake Forest School of Medicine, contributed to October 2020’s Anesthesia & Analgesia’s article: “Prediction of Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression on Inpatient Wards Using Continuous Capnography and Oximetry: An International Prospective, Observational Trial.” Please read the original clinical research report here.
2020 ASA Meeting
Several SOCCA members are participating in the 2020 ASA Meeting, including:
- Avery Tung, M.D., FCCM, and Jonathan Charnin, M.D. on “Critical Care Year in Review”
- Meghan Lane-Fall, M.D., M.S., FCCM on “The Role of Palliative Care Among Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Critical Care”
- Michael F. O’Connor, M.D., FCCM on “Understanding Medical Accidents”
Moderators for Anesthesiology 2020 will include SOCCA members:
- Ashish Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, and Lovkesh Arora MBBS, MD
- Kevin Hatton, MD, FCCM, and Gyorgy Frendl, MD, PhD, FCCM
- Pamela Roberts, MD, and Erica Wittwer MD, PhD