William Fox, MD
Where are you now? I am active duty in the Air Force and stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson (JBER), Alaska. I am the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) medical director. Currently, I am deployed overseas as a physician in the Air Force’s CCATT and responsible for transporting critically ill patients onboard military aircraft back stateside.
Why did you choose anesthesiology as your specialty? I chose to become an anesthesiologist because I enjoy being involved in the intervention process and seeing the immediate results of actions. Whether it is managing the hemodynamics of very ill patients in the OR or continuing to advance their care in the ICU (and ultimately following them until discharge), I enjoy being able to make a meaningful impact on their lives.
How did your training prepare you for being an anesthesiologist in a pandemic? By taking care of ill, complex patients at Duke, I feel that I had years of experience condensed into my training. Being able to manage airways, hemodynamics and understanding the pathophysiology of ARDS allowed me to become a consultant for the military hospital on managing COVID-19 in the OR and ICU.
What is your greatest takeaway over the past year as a practicing anesthesiologist? Always be your patient’s best advocate.
Advice for our residents graduating from our program? Take what you have learned at Duke to go out into the world and make a difference
Eun Eoh, MD
Where are you now? After I finished the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke, I joined a private practice group in Austin, Texas called US Anesthesia Partners, formerly known as Capitol Anesthesiology. I am part of the cardiac division, so I perform pump cases, but I also take care of all patients ranging from healthy pediatric to vasculopaths. As a new partner, I had the opportunity to become involved with the recruitment committee and currently am one of the recruitment chairs for our group. It has been really neat being part of a group that believes in sponsoring their new partners to be successful. There were six of us who started together, and we call ourselves the “Six Pack.”
Why did you choose anesthesiology as your specialty? I am a first generation physician who grew up in a small cow town. I think I got lucky – I became a physician because that seemed like a way I could help people. I chose anesthesiology because those were the physicians I wanted to be like – calm, reliable and always willing to lend a hand. I went into cardiothoracic anesthesiology not only for the complex and interesting cases, but also because the attendings in that division are brilliant and resilient clinicians who genuinely enjoy their work. I am lucky to say, three years into it, I still really enjoy practicing anesthesia.
How has your training at Duke Anesthesiology accelerated your practice thus far? The training at Duke is excellent! Coupled with great mentorship, I was very well prepared for “the real world.” Duke’s large case volume allows residents to provide anesthesia for bread and butter cases, as well as more complex vascular, neuro and cardiac cases. By CA-3 year, we had completed well over the GME case requirements, so we were able to hone in on our interests and skills with electives. My experiences as a chief resident, making schedules and supervising junior residents and CRNAs (while on call with attending back-up), have been useful tools in my practice.
What do you miss the most about Duke/Duke Anesthesiology? I definitely miss being able to pop into Dr. Thompson’s office to gab with her throughout the day. She is still a wonderful friend and mentor who I keep in touch with. Her greatest asset (besides her sense of humor) is her ability to really listen and hear what someone needs and then giving productive advice. Her career and clinical advice has really helped me navigate the tricky waters of private practice. Her support, empathy and resilience as a female physician is priceless and are traits I try to emulate in my work.
Advice for our residents graduating from our program? Keep learning! Try new (safe) things in the OR. It’s easy to get into a routine and be comfortable. Use your CA-3 year to really hone in on your skills. Lean in: talk to your surgical colleagues, do the extra fiberoptic intubation, ask to place a subclavian, be inquisitive. You will be a better anesthesiologist because you understand what is going on across the drapes.