In 2019, Dr. Elizabeth Malinzak was appointed the director of medical student education for Duke Anesthesiology. Under her leadership, the program welcomes students interested in shadowing or pursuing research opportunities within anesthesiology. Students rotating throughout the division receive both clinical experience and didactic components through problem-based learning, simulation and didactic learning. The positive experience by the medical students on anesthesia rotation is evidenced by the roughly 10 percent of medical students who pursue anesthesiology as their specialty.
Additionally, Malinzak is a forerunner for diversity and inclusion in education evidenced by her grant from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) for education research on the subject.
Medical Student Webpage Anesthesia Group Interest
In 2021, US News & World Report ranked our department within Duke University #4 among the “Best Medical Schools for Anesthesiology.” As part of their training, the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program includes a pediatric rotation. In order to maximize both learning and the overall experience, Malinzak developed simulations specific to pediatric scenarios and for crisis resource management. Additionally, she, alongside Drs. Kelly Machovec and Lisa Einhorn, are heavily involved in the resident leadership development series.
Continuing Medical Education
As part of Duke’s commitment to continuing medical education to provide exemplary patient care, Einhorn coordinates the division’s weekly pediatric conference. Each week, the pediatric anesthesiology faculty, fellows and residents on their monthly rotations engage in a collaborative discussion on a wide range of topics. Conferences include case presentations, journal clubs on recent research publications, morbidity and mortality reviews, and problem-based learning discussions. These meetings allow the group to continue to learn from each other on a regular basis and introduce our trainees to a variety of anesthetic considerations for pediatric patients.