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2016 Meeting Roundup

18th Annual Duke Anesthesiology Conference – Controversies in Perioperative Medicine

Another successful conference is in the books, helping to position Duke Anesthesiology as a premiere education destination! This year’s three-day conference, “Controversies in Perioperative Medicine,” drew in more than 120 attendees from all over the United States as well as 20 industry sponsors. It took place on September 9-11 at the prestigious Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham.

“Overall, I thought the conference went really well,” said Dr. Madhav Swaminathan, conference program director. 39 faculty presenters from Duke, University College London and The Ohio State University took part in 33 highly engaging lectures and debates, six panel discussions, and two workshops. This is the first time in 18 years that Duke Anesthesiology hosted a conference with such varied multi-subspecialty topics that encompass perioperative medicine, such as cardiac, regional anesthesia, obstetrics, pain medicine, and more. “The topics discussed by experts in the field were absolutely top notch,” he noted. “For our first attempt at incorporating all of these topics, I think it was well received.”

According to Dr. Swaminathan, one of the highlights of the meeting was Saturday’s educational session that was moderated by Dr. Ankeet Udani and included a debate about education strategies for teaching millennials. “The presentations from Drs. Brandi Bottiger, Jeff Gadsden, Richard Moon, and Annemarie Thompson were outstanding and highly engaging,” said Dr. Swaminathan. “Everyone could relate to this topic in the audience which was comprised of baby boomers, Generation-X and millennials. It went beyond just a practice boundary that was relevant to everyone. Education is relevant to all.”

The new perioperative medicine theme and multi-subspecialty format also contributed to increased interest from industry sponsors as well. This year’s 20 vendors, stationed within the conference exhibit hall, received valuable facetime with attendees and faculty during the breaks and receptions.

When asked what attendees can expect at next year’s conference, Dr. Swaminathan confirmed that it will retain the theme of controversies, or rather, the theme of panel discussions and debates that he believed worked really well. “The best take-away for me were the panel discussions and debates which have the best educational value for our participants.” He also noted that more interactive workshops would be incorporated into next year’s agenda, with distinct areas that interest different groups of people. Additionally, the theme of perioperative medicine will continue. “I don’t think we are keen on narrowing it down to any one subspecialty,” he suggested. “We’d like to keep it broad to enable more people to attend for years to come.”

View photos from this year’s Duke Anesthesiology conference below and stay tuned for more details about next year’s meeting!