Monday, April 10, 2017

The 2017 SCA Echo Week

Bruce Hugh Dorman, MD, PhD, leads a distinguished career in the field of anesthesiology as an educator, researcher, and practitioner. Dr. Bruce Hugh Dorman is a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA). With close to 5,000 thoracic, vascular, and cardiac anesthesiologist members, the global organization advocates advancement of the practice and its subspecialties. 

The society will be holding its 20th Annual SCA Comprehensive Review and Update of Perioperative Echocardiography May 21-26, 2017, at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a four-and-a-half day interdisciplinary course sponsored by SCA on the foundation and use of echocardiography. The program has been created to address the continuing need for education on the use of ultrasound science as a basic diagnostic procedure and as a perioperative cardiac performance monitor.

The event, which also features an exhibit, will allow participants to update, expand, and review their know-how of perioperative echocardiography as well as participate in intimate educational sessions to examine current and complex issues, among other activities. It also affords attendees the opportunity to connect with internationally acknowledged experts in the ultrasound field.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Role of an Anesthesiologist

Dr. Bruce Hugh Dorman received his MD from Duke University in 1986. A diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Dr. Bruce Hugh Dorman is also the former staff anesthesiologist at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. An integral part of the surgery process, anesthesiologists are valuable contributors to a medical team.

Anesthesiologists spend roughly 12 years preparing for their careers, with four years spent as an undergraduate, four years spent in medical school working toward an MD or a DO, one year in an internship, and three years in an anesthesia-specific residency program. A medical professional who studies anesthesia must be vigilant and focused, as he is responsible for supporting a patient’s life during surgery.

During a procedure, anesthesiologists transfuse blood, monitor blood pressure and oxygen levels, and keep aware of a patient’s vital signs. Before the procedure begins, an anesthesiologist will discuss medical history, past surgeries, and fears with the patient in order to determine which anesthetic would be the most effective. After the surgery, it is the anesthesiologist’s decision that determines whether a patient should be awakened or kept asleep with the support of a breathing tube.