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Cardiothoracic Fellowship graduates pass Advanced Perioperative TEE exam

The four recent graduates of our Cardiothoracic Fellowship program, Jordan Brewer, M.D., Matt Gunst, M.D., Patrick Millan, M.D., and Oliver Schantz, M.D., have all successfully passed their Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography examination (Advanced PTEeXAM®). The examination of special competence, which is administered by the National Board…

Celebrating our July and August 2021 Residents of the Month

Please help us congratulate our newest Residents of the Month! These residents were nominated by their fellow residents and faculty for their hard work, motivation and for going above and beyond in their duties. Below are some of the quotes from their nominations. July 2021 Resident of the…

Resident Spotlight: Blessing Ogbemudia, M.D.

Blessing Ogbemudia, M.D., earned his undergraduate degree at Ohio State University and attended Indiana University for medical school. This past spring, he was honored by the UF Health nursing staff with the LEAD Resident Award for his outstanding performance in promoting high-quality patient care. He is now in his…

Resident Spotlight: Karolain Garcia, M.D.

Karolain Garcia, M.D., grew up in Miami, FL, and earned her undergraduate degree at Florida International University before attending Florida State University for medical school. She is now in her third year in our program.   We asked her a few questions about her experience in our anesthesiology residency program so far and…

Two Residents Elected to Housestaff Council

Congratulations to third-year resident Andrew Neff, D.O., and second-year resident Alicia McLeod, M.D., who have been elected to serve as the anesthesiology representatives on the 2021-22 University of Florida College of Medicine Housestaff Council! Neff will serve as hospital relations chair as part of the council’s…

Critical Care Fellows Gain Hands-on Experience in 3rd Annual Bootcamp

Critical care fellows from four departments practiced essential skills on simulation equipment and learned from new faculty during the third annual multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine Bootcamp this August. The three-day bootcamp provided fellows with a common foundation as they begin their training, which is particularly important given that critical care…

Two Residents Score in Top 10% on BASIC Exam

Congratulations to third-year residents Nick Rahn, M.D., and Matt Reed, M.D., who scored in the top 10% of the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC Exam in June 2021! Scoring in the top 10% nationally is a testament to these residents’ hard work and dedication. “Mastering the…

June 2021 Resident of the Month: Krupesh Dave, M.D.

Please help us congratulate our Resident of the Month! June 2021 Resident of the Month: Krupesh Dave, M.D. “Dr. Dave is a silent hero. He constantly offers to help co-residents or anesthetists without complaint. He always offers to stay late. He never complains and is consistently a team player.

Welcome 2021 CTCC & Peds Fellows

Welcome to our new Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine Fellow and Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow! Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine Shiv Rawal, MD Dr. Rawal earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his anesthesiology residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis. Dr.

Welcome 2021 Pain Medicine Fellows!

Six physicians began their Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! 12-Month Fellowships Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, DO Dr. Abdul-Rahim earned his medical degree at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida. He…

Welcome 2021 Cardiothoracic Fellows!

Four anesthesiologists began their Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Clifford Deerman, M.D. Dr. Deerman earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham and completed his anesthesiology residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where…

Welcome 2021 Critical Care Medicine Fellows!

Three physicians began their Critical Care Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Beulah Castor, MD Dr. Castor earned her medical degree from the University of Florida and completed her residency in emergency medicine at Orlando Health. She has participated in research…

2021 Fellowship Graduates: Where are they headed next?

Our Pain Medicine Faculty, Fellows, and their families celebrating graduating at Lake Wauburg. The 2021 graduates of our fellowship programs celebrated the milestone in small groups at various locations in recent weeks. We are extremely proud of each of our graduates for their hard work and dedication to…

Welcome 2021 Acute & Perioperative Pain Medicine Fellows!

Six anesthesiologists began their Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! W. Kirk Fowler, MD Dr. Fowler earned his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida.

Two residents inducted into UF chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society

Congratulations to fourth-year resident, David Hutchinson, M.D., and recent graduate Milu Thakkar, M.D., who were inducted into UF’s Resident Chapter of the national Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). Hutchinson and Thakkar were nominated by their peers for induction into the organization, which comprises medical students, residents, faculty, and other…

New residents join the department

Twenty-six physicians began their Anesthesiology Residency with us this summer, including four graduates of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Please help us welcome them to the team! Interested in joining our residency program? Find out how to apply here. First-Year Residents (PGY-1/Intern) Nnamdi Achebe, M.D. Undergrad: University of…

New AI Fundamentals course educates anesthesiology residents in emerging field

Anesthesiology residents now have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) through a yearlong course developed and taught by J. Chris Goldstein, M.D., and Heidi Goldstein, M.D., both affiliated anesthesiology faculty based at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Seventeen residents participated in the inaugural AI Fundamentals…

Class of 2021 Residents Recognized

At the first in-person celebration in over a year, the residents of our Class of 2021 were recognized for their achievements and hard work over the past four years. The ceremony at Touchdown Terrace in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium marked a return to normalcy as UF Health’s successful vaccine campaign…

Residents learn essential skills in 2021 Basic Skills Boot Camp

Twenty-one of our residents had the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills in preparation for their first clinical anesthesia year during this year’s Basic Skills Boot Camp. Over four days of the first week of June, residents received instruction on topics such as anesthesiology measurements and checks, emergency…

Pain Medicine Fellowship Receives Grant from Boston Scientific

We are excited to announce that Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., and the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship program have been awarded an educational grant from Boston Scientific. The Neuromodulation Fellowship Grant from Boston Scientific is intended to support professional education by providing funding for a limited number of medical fellowships…

Dr. Ogbemudia Honored by Nursing Staff for Outstanding Patient Care

Congratulations to anesthesiology intern Blessing Ogbemudia, M.D., who has been honored with the LEAD Resident Award presented by UF Health Shands Hospital nursing staff for his outstanding performance in promoting high-quality patient care. The award recognizes a resident who has gone above and beyond professionally and in their patient…

Dr. Reina is Co-Editor of New Textbook on Cervical Plexus Anatomy

Congratulations to Miguel Reina, M.D., Ph.D., a courtesy clinical professor of anesthesiology, who is an editor of a new textbook titled Surgical Anatomy of the Cervical Plexus and its Branches. Reina is also a coauthor on four chapters in the book, which was published by Elsevier in April 2021.

Residents of the Month

Please help us congratulate our Residents of the Month! February Resident of the Month: Aaron Hanson, M.D.  Dr. Hanson has consistently worked hard, willingly changed his schedule for the benefit of his colleagues, stepped up in multiple difficult cases to assist the attending, and served as a patient advocate. Special Recognition:…

2021-2022 Chief Residents Selected

The Anesthesiology Education Office and the Department of Anesthesiology Leadership are pleased to announce the selection of our three new chief residents for the upcoming academic year. David Hutchinson, M.D., Bill Mallett, M.D., and Nicole Premo, M.D. will serve from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. To be selected,…

January 2021 Resident of the Month

Congratulations goes out to second-year resident Matthew Frakes, DO, for being voted the January Resident of the Month! Residents are nominated by their fellow residents and faculty in recognition of their hard work and one individual each month is chosen for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Dr. Frantz appointed ABA examiner for APPLIED Examination

Congratulations to Amanda Frantz, MD, who has been appointed to serve as an American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) examiner for the APPLIED Examination. In this position, she will play a critical role in the future of our specialty as part of a select group that helps the ABA identify…

Match Day 2021: Twenty-five physicians match with UF Anesthesiology

Twenty-five physicians have matched with our department to begin their Anesthesiology Residency with us in the upcoming academic year, including three graduates of the University of Florida College of Medicine. This year, our department interviewed approximately 270 candidates for the 20 positions of the categorical rank and five positions…

New transplant rotation available to residents

Anesthesiology residents now have the option to gain specialized experience with transplants through a dedicated 2-week rotation. Residents in their second and third clinical years who have had cardiovascular, neuro, and pediatric experience are eligible for the rotation. Residents on this rotation will have preference for lung, liver, and adult…

February 26 Is National Thank a Resident Day!

Residency is an integral period in medical training. We know that our residents work tremendously hard and are a vital part of our healthcare team. They are crucial resources for medical students and their fellow lower-level residents. This day, and every day, we thank our residents for their commitment to…

Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Receives International Accreditation

The Department of Anesthesiology’s Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship has received international accreditation, becoming only the 20th such program worldwide to receive that distinction from the International Council on Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT). The strength of the department’s application was the breadth and dedication of the faculty in the Division…

Three Residents Scored Top 10% BASIC Exam

Third-year residents Joseph Aburahma, MD, Bill Mallett, MD, and Jay Nwokolo, MD, each scored in the top 10% of the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC Examination in August, 2020. Scoring in the top ten percent among those who took the exam is a testament to the hard work and dedication…

Resident Spotlight: Fritz-Gerald Charles, MD

Fritz-Gerald Charles, MD, earned his undergraduate degree in Pre-Health Professions from Florida Atlantic University before attending UF’s College of Medicine. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Barry University in 2009, and an Associate of Arts in Pharmacy from Broward College in 2006. Now a third-year resident,…

Resident Spotlight: Lauren Smajdor, MD

Lauren Smajdor, MD, earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida before attending UF’s College of Medicine. Now a fourth-year resident, Dr. Smajdor received the CA2 Division of Acute Pain Award at our 2020 graduation ceremony. She also…

Resident Spotlight: Lida Esfandiary, MD

Originally from Miami, Lida Esfandiary, MD, earned her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Florida in 2014 before attending UF’s College of Medicine. In her final year of medical school, she earned the prestigious J.S. Gravenstein Award…

First-Year Anesthesiology Resident Elected to Housestaff Committee

Congratulations to Alicia McLeod, MD, for being elected to the University of Florida College of Medicine Housestaff Council Executive Committee! The Housestaff Council provides input to the Graduate Medical Education office on many issues and the Executive Committee guides some of the financial decisions for money used for housestaff. Dr.

Critical Care Medicine Hosts Core Skills Boot Camp

Sixteen fellows from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, and Surgery had the opportunity to practice core critical care skills on simulation equipment during a multidisciplinary 3-day boot camp August 12-14. The 3 didactic days included lectures, interactive problem-based learning discussions, task training, team training, and simulation. Scheduling…

Welcome 2020 Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellows

Six anesthesiologists began their Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team! Justin Alfonso, MD Residency Specialty: Anesthesiology Residency Institution: University of Florida Jacksonville Medical Education: American University of Antigua In his free time, Dr. Alfonso enjoys playing a variety of sports…

Welcome 2020 Fellows for Combined CT & CCM and Pediatric Anesthesiology

Welcome to our new Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine Fellow and Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow! Combined Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine Ahmad Parniani, MD Residency Specialty: Anesthesiology Residency Institution: Penn State Medical Education: University of Louisville In his free time, Dr. Parniani likes to travel. He enjoys bowling and billiards and…

How to Become a CRNA or CAA in Florida

As members of the anesthesia care team, CRNAs and CAAs provide very important assistance to anesthesiologists in treating patients before and after surgery. They provide specialized knowledge, skillful expertise, and high-quality patient care techniques to ensure the well-being of every patient. How to Become a CRNA Certified registered nurse…

How to Become an Anesthesiologist in Florida

While the path to become an anesthesiologist is long — it will likely take at least 12 years to complete all of the necessary post-secondary education, and several years longer for those who want to specialize or obtain certifications that could enhance job prospects — the job outlook and salary…

Residents score well on national American Board of Anesthesiology In-Training Examination

Congratulations to our department residents, who performed strongly overall on the American Board of Anesthesiology’s February 2020 administration of the In-Training Examination. Overall, our senior residents scored at or very close to the 90th percentile nationally. In addition, three of our senior residents achieved the highest possible scaled score of…

Intern Education Month 2020

Many thanks to all who contributed to 2020’s Intern Education Month! Friday, February 7, 2020, was the last day of our Intern Education Month rotation and we’re happy to report that this year was another great success! Our interns took part in nineteen simulations, seventeen classroom sessions, eight shadow…

Critical Care Medicine Fellows Gain Experience in Inaugural Boot Camp

Ten first-year fellows from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurology, and Surgery had the opportunity to practice core critical care skills on simulation equipment and gain exposure to new faculty during a multidisciplinary three-day boot camp. The inaugural Critical Care Medicine Boot Camp included lectures, task trainers, and Advanced…

Dr. Kumar Hones Skills in Endoscopic Spine Surgery with FEO

Updated September 2019 Fellows and residents in the Department of Anesthesiology now have the rare opportunity to learn and train on a new minimally invasive endoscopic spinal procedure to treat conditions such as herniated discs or spinal stenosis thanks to the work of an interventional pain physician in the Department…

UF Residents Take Home Top Honors at GAARRC

The Department of Anesthesiology had a dominant showing at the 45th annual Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference (GAARRC) hosted by UF in early May, taking home first and second place overall as well as winning top honors in all research categories. Fourth-year resident Dalya Elhady, MD, won first place…

Dr. Giordano’s Faculty Enhancement Opportunity

By Adriana Barbat The Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard University is coming to UF. In August, the Center will offer a 4-day Advanced Instructor Course, which will give faculty from the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing the opportunity to refine their…

Residents Learn the Ropes in Basic Skills Boot Camp

By Adriana Barbat Imagine you’re a resident: Your intern year is over, and you’ve just started your first year of anesthesia training. You’re in the operating room helping to manage a case alongside more experienced residents and attendings. This particular case is unusual, and your involvement would…