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Department of Anesthesiology

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

SUNY Downstate Medical Center has assumed a major role In Continuing Medical Education (CME) for students, residents and practicing anesthesiologists in our area. Under the direction of David J. Wlody, M.D., CME Director for the Department of Anesthesiology, six Visiting Professor Lectures are held each year. Faculty and resident staff meet and interact with nationally and internationally renowned anesthesiologists. Each Visiting Professor presents a lecture on a topic in which they have demonstrated their expertise. Our residents and medical students work in the OR under their observation, sharing their experiences and expertise.

Recent speakers have included Dr. Scott Groudine, of Albany Medical College, who spoke on the reversal of non-depolarizing muscle relaxants with sugammadex; Keith Ruskin, of Yale University, who spoke on information technology in anesthesiology; and Steven Pratt, of Harvard Medical School, who discussed communication and patient safety in obstretics. Among those scheduled to speak during the 2008-2009 academic year are Jan Ehrenworth of Yale University, who will discuss operating room fire safety; Brenda Bucklin of the University of Colorado, who will lecture on manpower issues in obstetric anesthesia; and Sven Gisvold of the University Hospital of Trondheim, who will discuss ethical issues in scientific publication.