Residency Recap

December 20, 2016

Annemarie Thompson, MD

Dr. Annemarie Thompson
Residency Program Director

Everyone looked amazing at the holiday party and showed off some pretty impressive dance moves!  Thanks to Dr. Mathew and the department for hosting another awesome party!  In case you missed seeing Dr. Mathew shake his groove thing, tune in next year…

Remember our upcoming bowling event in January.  I’m still thinking about what to contribute to the raffle, so any suggestions are welcome.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the CLER visit two weeks ago.  The site visitors were impressed!  Once we receive the national report from this go-around, we’ll send out the information.

Jessica will be sending out emails for everyone to meet with their advisors soon! This is a great opportunity to relax and have a cup of coffee with your advisor to go over your progress.  Coming soon: our residency dashboard.  A big thank you to Ashley Grantham, PhD, and our IT folks for working to get this launched.

Well done to the CA-2’s and CA-3’s who participated in mock orals last week.  Everyone did a great job and is on the right track to passing your boards!  Thank you to the faculty who participated – we’re lucky to have ABA senior examiners and question writers as part of the department who truly enjoy practicing with the residents.

Be sure to check out the tab from the Education Office regarding becoming a local representative of the ASA PAC!  And for those of you interested in Political Advocacy, the ASA Policy Research Rotation is accepting applications NOW until March 15, 2017.  This is an ABA-approved rotation that counts toward residency credit.  Additionally, the successful applicant will receive a $5,500 stipend to offset living expenses during the month-long rotation in Washington, DC.  The details are included in both the ABA section and the Opportunities section below.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a joyful and peaceful holiday season and an exciting New Year!


Dennis Thapa, MD

Presented at ASA 2016

Obstruction of Endotracheal Tube in an Infant With a Retropharyngeal and Anterior Mediastinal Abscess

Dennis B. Thapa, M.D., Nathaniel H. Greene, M.D., Andrea G. Udani, M.D.
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.


Intraoperative ventilatory failure is not an uncommon complication, however, acute endotracheal obstruction by a foreign body or blood clot can be difficult to quickly discriminate from other causes. Once the diagnosis is made, quick action is needed to restore ventilation. The ultimate solution is to exchange the endotracheal tube; however, there can be other ways of resolving this in situations where reintubation would be difficult or unsafe. This case report talks about such an event in an infant with multiple airway challenges including a retropharyngeal and anterior mediastinal abscess. We have also formulated an algorithm based on complete ETT obstruction.

Chief Residents 2016


  • 12/18 – 12/24

Weekend Days

  • This weekend (12/17-12/18): Jia, Anderson
  • Next weekend (12/24-12/25): Wahal, Mangubat

Night Float

  • This week (Sat PM 12/17 – Fri AM 12/23): Thapa, Mangubat
  • Next week (Sat PM 12/24 – Fri AM 12/30): See Holiday Schedule

Friday Night Call

  • Friday (12/16): Smith, Hall
  • Next Friday (12/23): Herbert, Hall
  • The Friday after Next (12/30): Jia, Anderson

Liver Call Weekend (pager: 7320)

  • This weekend (Fri PM 12/16 – Sun PM 12/18): Herbert
  • Next weekend (Fri PM 12/23 – Sun PM 12/25): See Holiday Schedule

Liver Call Weekday (pager: 7320)

  • Liver day (Mon AM 12/19 – Thurs PM 12/22): Johnbull
  • Liver night (Sun PM 12/18 – Fri AM 12/23): Jia

OB Weekend

  • Saturday 12/17 AM: Chen
  • Saturday 12/17 PM: Brockbank
  • Sunday 12/18 AM: Chen
  • Saturday 12/24 AM: Van Hoomissen
  • Saturday 12/24 PM: Garrett
  • Sunday 12/25 AM: Van Hoomissen

Simulator (4-6 p.m. — page charge CRNA *7853 to ask for relief at 3:45 p.m.)
*These are mandatory sessions*

  • None

Functional Pagers

  • CA3 on call pager (970-9313) is covered by CA3 on general OR call.
  • Liver call pager (970-7320) is always covered.

Have a good week!

Please stop by during the office hours listed below. Or, please feel free to contact any of our leadership to schedule a meeting outside of standard office hours.

DARE Resident Directors

Dr. Annemarie Thompson (Program Director): December 19th 1 – 2 p.m. in HAFS office
Dr. Brian Colin (Program Assistant Director): December 7th 4 – 5 p.m. in HAFS office
Dr. Ankeet Udani (Program Assistant Director): December 5th  4 – 4:45 p.m. in Trent Semans Center office; Office hours with Aiden, anytime

Jessica Burkhart (Senior Program Coordinator): Elyse is off Thursday Dec 19th through January 2nd so I’ll be keeping her company at home. Email or call if you need anything! We’ll probably stop by the office to get some work done. Who doesn’t need a 1 year old helping at the office.
Shelby Schultz (Junior Program Coordinator): Shelby will be celebrating at home on Monday and Tuesday (the 26th and 27th) as well as Monday, January 2nd. Otherwise stop by to say hi since the Education office will be quiet!

RSVP to Jessica Burkhart for January dinners!

Wellness Opportunities
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This Week in Lectures

CA1 (12/13): Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What Does the Anesthesiologist Need to Know? with Dr Richard Moon

CA2/3 (12/14): Cancelled

Thursday (12/15): Clinical Case Conference with Dr Brad Taicher

Next Week in Lectures

CA1 (12/20): Physiology of Pain with Dr Brian Ginsberg

CA2/3 (12/21): No lecture – enjoy the holiday!

Thursday (12/22): No lecture – enjoy the holiday!

Emory is expanding faculty – high risk OB, peds, cards, thoracic, general cases, etc. Contact Dr Bola Faloye, 2013 alumni, for more information. Contact information is in box account!

To view the complete list of job postings, visit the Box Account. Email Shelby or Jessica to get added!

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