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The NYAM Section on Anesthesiology and Resuscitation has enjoyed a resurgence in activity and participation in the last two years, due in large part to the dedication of Section Chair Elizabeth A. M. Frost, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Frost is passionate about NYAM, the anesthesiology community in New York, and continuing to build the relationship and awareness between the two.
“I would like to increase awareness of and membership in the Academy among anesthesiologists in New York,” Dr. Frost said. “Since becoming involved, I have encouraged several people to apply for and be selected into membership. When people ask why they should join, I say it’s important because the resources the Academy has to offer are quite considerable and it’s a nice venue for residents, juniors, and seniors from around the city to come together and hear many topics, from history to author nights. It’s also a place to discuss the problems of the city a little bit outside of anesthesiology and to see how anesthesiology can maybe impact them in some way.”
Dr. Frost asked faculty from each of the city’s anesthesiology departments to act as judges for the 2013 Anesthesiology Residents’ Night and encourage residents in their departments to submit their research. As a result, the event had a record-breaking number of abstracts submitted and presented (a 50% increase over previous years) and number of participants. Every anesthesiology program in the New York area participated. NYAM offered a complimentary one-year Associate Membership to each resident who presented at the event, and awarded financial prizes to the winners through sponsorship by North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA). The winners’ names were published in Anesthesiology News, a national publication with 50,000 readers for which Dr. Frost serves on the Board.
Dr. Frost was also a main organizer of the multi-section event “Why Bother? The Comprehensive Pre-Op Panel” in April 2014, which invited clinicians and hospital administrators from a range of specialties to discuss the overuse of preoperative testing in low-risk patients. The event was well attended and was featured as the cover story in the June 2014 issue of Anesthesiology News.
“I’ve been interested in the idea that we do too much testing preoperatively,” Dr. Frost said. “I’m looking at our national bill for unnecessary testing—$55 billion dollars a year, and almost none of the tests impact the anesthesiology or the surgery, so why are we doing all this? We want to have the public and physicians question why we are doing these tests—it’s not for the good of the patient.”
The section’s next event is the 2014 Anesthesiology Residents’ Night, which will be held on September 30 at NYAM. Looking ahead, Dr. Frost is working with fellow Section leader Farida Gadalla, MD on organizing an anesthesiology Board review night with practice exams, as well as an anesthesia Jeopardy night to foster community and a competitive spirit between the city’s anesthesiology departments. She also hopes to continue to increase awareness of unnecessary preoperative testing among both health care professionals and the public.
“It’s the leadership of people like Dr. Frost that makes the Academy such a special and unique place for health professionals in New York City,” said NYAM Executive Vice President Tony Shih, MD, MPH.
Posted on July 21, 2014
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