Dr. Jordt Cited in National Media About Venezuela Protests

Sven-Eric Jordt, PhDAfter two weeks of protests in Venezuela, Duke Anesthesiology’s Sven-Eric Jordt, PhD, is featured in an article published by TIME and ABC News about the use of tear gas by security forces.

As the article states, protestors demanding new elections faced-off with Bolivarian National Police who were blocking roadways in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. According to the Associated Press, a dozen people were injured in the protest on Monday, April 11, where demonstrators were seen covering their faces to protect themselves against the plumes of tear gas. Opposition members also distributed a picture of an expired tear gas canister that they said was found detonated at a previous demonstration.

Dr. Jordt is an expert on tear gas and other similar noxious, reactive gases and vapors. He studies the damage these gases may have on human airways and whether lung function is reduced in those exposed to them. In the article, he says, “Expired tear gas chemicals and solvents inside a cartridge could potentially react with each other or oxygen in the area and degrade, forming highly toxic gases. A degraded pyrotechnic charge propelling the cartridge could also lead to uncontrolled explosions.”

Dr. Jordt is an associate professor in anesthesiology and the director of the Chemical Sensing, Pain and Inflammation Research Laboratory which focuses on the mechanisms that enable humans and animals to sense touch, pain and irritation. He and his lab members strive to gain a greater understanding about how the compounds in tear gas have a chemical corrosive effect on the epithelial lining, causing burns and modifying cells. You can learn more about his research which was featured in the 2015 edition of Duke Anesthesiology’s annual magazine, BluePrint, in an article titled, “Tear Gas: A Novel Perspective in Pain Research.”

Article Source: Fabiola Sanchez / AP (April 11, 2017). This article was also published by the Daily News and the Independent.

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Residency Program Director Reveals Match Day Highlights

Annemarie Thompson-MDThis year’s Match Day brought an element of growth to the annual event known as an exciting rite of passage in the lives of thousands of medical students around the world. Not only was this the largest Main Residency Match® in history, it was a record-breaking recruitment season for the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program that welcomed 15 interns as their Match Class of 2021.

“We were incredibly excited to open that envelope and see the names on our list. In fact, some of our faculty were so excited they began contacting some of the Matches they interviewed along the way which I think is unique and pretty remarkable,” says Dr. Annemarie Thompson, Duke Anesthesiology’s residency program director. “It was so satisfying to watch how happy my colleagues were during the unveiling and how enthusiastic they are to welcome these individuals to our team this summer. It was one of the most special moments of Match Day for me.”

Dr. Thompson was in her office, surrounded by her colleagues, when her Match list was revealed this year. But she says her memories of the drama, the tears and the sheer joy at her Match Day celebration during medical school are never too far away to tap into. “It still feels like a whole lifetime in a minute when you open that envelope; medical students learn where they’re going to train and spend the next few years of their lives, and we learn who will join our program.”

She collectively describes this incoming class as “great people” who have demonstrated the capacity to help others in many aspects of their lives, even before going into medicine, a quality Dr. Thompson believes is one of the foundations of being a good doctor. “When looking at my list of Matches each year, I can immediately see how a class will come together and form their own identity. This class has quickly become known for their intelligence, humor and wide variety of life experiences. That type of diversity is a great addition to our Duke family,” she says.

Selecting the Match class is no small feat. A dedicated team of faculty and residents is committed to recruiting the best and the brightest during interview season at Duke Anesthesiology. “I’m always looking to improve the process,” adds Dr. Thompson, “but my guiding principal is to give potential Matches an authentic view of what it’s like to be a resident at Duke Anesthesiology.” She does so by creating an environment of authenticity during the interview process; talking about the program and personally showing applicants the potential and opportunities they can have training at Duke and living in Durham.

Welcome - Match Class of 2021

According to the National Resident Matching Program, 35,969 U.S. and international medical students and graduates vied for 31,757 positions, the most-ever offered in the Match. Dr. Thompson keeps a close eye on these numbers, specifically noting that this year, there were more anesthesiology positions available in the Match which means programs grew, including Duke Anesthesiology’s, which offered one more intern position for 2017. The Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program also received more applications than ever before, an increase that Dr. Thompson partially attributes to Duke’s size and faculty.

“Duke has a unique position compared to other residency programs and we have enjoyed a reputation for having an innovative program that people want to join,” says Dr. Thompson. “We’re a large, international medical center, but contained within it is a medium-sized, very supportive residency program located in a fun and affordable place to live. We truly have world-class faculty here. We have people in every single field who are nationally and internationally recognized. For residents to have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our faculty, get involved in their projects and patient care, and receive advice during particular periods of their career is a treasure. Our faculty is what makes our program so special. I’m very proud of what we have to offer as an institution.”

As Duke Anesthesiology patiently waits to formally welcome the Match Class of 2021 and Drs. Jack Gamble and  Angela Li prepare for their new roles as co-chief residents, Dr. Thompson leaves the incoming trainees with this advice: “Come in with the great attitude that you have displayed throughout your medical career. Don’t ever be discouraged. Taking care of patients is one of the greatest responsibilities anyone can have. Celebrate with each other during the good times and lean on each other in the bad. The road is long but you’ll soon find that you have a supportive network as you go through both your professional and personal journey as a resident – a network of people who will become lifelong friends and colleagues. There are very few jobs that can give you the personal satisfaction of being a doctor. I would do it all over again and I hope this class will one day look back and say the same.”

Take a look back at this year’s Match Day celebrations at #Match2017, #MatchThrowback and the Duke University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Maixner Named President of American Pain Society

William Maixner, DDS, PhDOn March 6, the board of directors elected Duke Anesthesiology’s William Maixner, DDS, PhD, president of the American Pain Society (APS). It’s a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.

Dr. Maixner, professor in anesthesiology and director of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM), is a world-renowned pain researcher who has dedicated his career to unraveling the mysteries of chronic pain. His research focuses on biological, environmental, and genetic factors involved in pain transmission and modulation.

In his new role, Dr. Maixner will help the APS achieve its goal of advancing the care of people in pain by ensuring access to treatment, removing regulatory barriers, increasing funding for pain research and educating practitioners and policy makers in all settings about advances and economics of effective treatment.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to help further shape the society’s activities in the area of pain research and pain management,” says Dr. Maixner. “This is one of the most established pain-oriented societies, and it’s such an honor to be recognized by my peers and to be part of the opportunity to further the mission of the APS which falls in line with the same mission statement that we have at the CTPM at local, state and federal levels for pain patients.”

Dr. Maixner was a key leader in establishing Duke Anesthesiology’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine in January of 2016, which brings together basic scientists, clinicians and clinical researchers who have a common core mission of transforming the way painful conditions are diagnosed and treated. He also helped develop Duke Innovative Pain Therapies, a first-of-its-kind multispecialty pain practice in Raleigh that opened in September of 2016. Learn more about these initiatives in the 2016 edition of the department’s BluePrint magazine.

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