Friday, December 19, 2014

Meet Our Chiefs: Tyler Stout, M.D.


As chief residents, these doctors are developing the skills necessary to excel as physician anesthesiologists and leaders in the field. This week The Scope will profile each of our three chiefs for 2014–2015.


Lee Goeddel, M.D., M.P.H.; Jennifer Eldredge, M.D.; and Tyler Stout, M.D.

Stout came to UAB from LSU.

Tyler Stout, M.D.

Describe a typical day as a resident.
I arrive at 0530 and manage anesthesia care in my designated OR until 1500.

Why did you choose anesthesiology as your specialty?
I really enjoyed the personalities that I interacted with in anesthesia. I also really enjoyed the procedures and critical care of patients while in the operating room.

What are the challenges you face in residency?
Taking care of very sick patients. Balancing time with work, family, and friends and studying.

What do you do for fun?
Watch college football, basketball, and baseball. I also look forward to cooking out on the weekends with fellow residents.

Why did you choose UAB for anesthesia residency?
The location was close to my home in Southern Mississippi. I really enjoyed the people I met on my interview. UAB has a great reputation for being a first-class training institution.

What are your plans after you complete your residency?
I would like to obtain a private practice job near my hometown in Mississippi.

What other leadership roles have you held in the past?
I was team captain of my high school football team and senior class president in high school. I also served on the Education Committee during residency.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you to better prepare you to be a chief resident?
Practice time-management skills.

What do you think are the qualities or characteristics of a good anesthesiologist?
  • Smart
  • Driven
  • Calm 
  • Collected
  • Excellent Communicator

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Meet Our Chiefs: Jennifer Eldredge, M.D.


As chief residents, these doctors are developing the skills necessary to excel as physician anesthesiologists and leaders in the field. This week The Scope will profile each of our three chiefs for 2014–2015.


Lee Goeddel, M.D., M.P.H.; Jennifer Eldredge, M.D.; and Tyler Stout, M.D.

Jennifer Eldredge, M.D.

Eldredge earned her medical degree at UAB.
Describe a typical day as a resident.
Surgeries at UAB usually start at 7 a.m., and my day begins about two hours prior. I have time to set up for my case, see my patient in preop holding, and attend morning conference. Each day brings new experiences and different challenges. Over the course of residency, I have helped care for patients ranging from premature neonates to octogenarians, and from healthy people undergoing planned outpatient surgeries to critically ill patients having emergency procedures. Residents are typically relieved from the operating room at 3 p.m. so they can begin their call responsibilities or help with preops and prepare for the next day's cases.

Why did you choose anesthesiology as your specialty?
My chemical engineering background made me gravitate toward anesthesiology, where pumps, partial pressures, and chemical reactions had obvious clinical applications. I love seeing physiology, pathology, and pharmacology interact in real time in the operating room. I also enjoy performing procedures and the acuity of the perioperative environment. 

What are the challenges you face in residency?
Each rotation in residency brings me into contact with new patients, surgical procedures, and challenges for anesthetic management. Just as I begin to grow comfortable with these situations, it is time to move on to the next rotation. While working in this fast-paced environment, I must also remember to take time to focus on the people I love and my interests outside medicine.

What do you do for fun?
My husband and I enjoy taking road trips and sailing together.

Why did you choose UAB for anesthesia residency?
During my anesthesiology rotation at UAB as a medical student, I enjoyed working with the attendings and residents. They were very dedicated but recognized the importance of work-life balance. I looked at programs all over the country, and I felt like UAB offered the best combination of clinical experience and academic opportunities in an affordable and livable city.   

What are your plans after you complete your residency?
After residency, I will begin a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

What other leadership roles have you held in the past?
During college, I was president of the Ambassadors of the College of Engineering. I have also served on leadership committees for my church and for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

What do you think are the qualities or characteristics of a good anesthesiologist?
A great anesthesiologist plans carefully but is flexible enough to quickly switch to contingency plans, has strong technical skills, works well in teams, and remains calm under pressure.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Meet Our Chiefs: Lee Goeddel, M.D., M.P.H.

As chief residents, these doctors are developing the skills necessary to excel as physician anesthesiologists and leaders in the field. This week The Scope will profile each of our three chiefs for 2014–2015.


Lee Goeddel, M.D., M.P.H.; Jennifer Eldredge, M.D.; and Tyler Stout, M.D.

Lee Goeddel, M.D., M.P.H.

Describe a typical day as a resident.
I arrive to the hospital at about 5:45 a.m., or, if I am involved in a liver transplant or open-heart surgery, I try to arrive two-and-a-half hours before the surgery is scheduled to give myself time to fully prepare. Many people compare anesthesiology to flying a plane: preparing the machine, medications, and supplies in the early morning like a preflight check. Next, I meet the patient for evaluation and to answer any questions.  

Goeddel came to UAB from Johns Hopkins University.
Once this preparation is complete, I then attend morning education conference, which is 30 minutes per day before clinical duties. Then, working with a junior resident, we bring our patient back to the operating room. We try to provide the best patient care we can, and, when possible, we learn from our patients and discuss different clinical scenarios so the junior resident will have thought through a process before needing to make an active clinical decision.

When I have time outside of the OR, I manage work force questions with residents and communicate daily with the many other working parts of Anesthesia Care Services at UAB to facilitate resident engagement, maintain our excellent patient care, and, as much as I can, help to improve it.

Why did you choose anesthesiology as your specialty?  
I enjoy working at a fast pace, engaging with different surgical specialities, learning and using resuscitation skills, preparing for expected and unexpected events in the OR, and, more than anything else, comforting and guiding patients and their families through the stress of the preoperative and peripartum periods.  

What are the challenges you face in residency?  
As many residents and attendings might say, my biggest challenge is achieving balance while trying to do everything to the best of my abilities. Since I have not yet found a way to increase the number of hours in a day, I focus on improving my efficiency.  

What do you do for fun? 
I play the guitar, cycle, and spend time with my wife and newborn son. My wife just finished residency and is now working as a pediatric hospitalist.

Why did you choose UAB for anesthesia residency?  
The residency program at UAB gives residents significant autonomy while still providing wonderful mentorship. I have had significant time reserved and support given for my research in cardiothoracic surgery and health policy. Also, Dr. Susan Black, the residency program director, helped facilitate an away elective at the Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile, where I developed many new skills.  

What are your plans after you complete your residency?
Next July, I will begin a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, followed by a second fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. My wife will also begin a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care.

What other leadership roles have you held in the past?
I enjoyed playing American Legion Baseball in high school and was the team captain. Throughout college and medical school I held different leadership positions in service programs within the local community, as well as in the developing world with an outreach program at the University of Notre Dame. In medical school I led the implementation of the Healer's Art curriculum with medical students. This course series, as its name implies, seeks to value and help future physicians draw on their past experiences to maintain their sense of self despite the high pace and stress of medicine.  The Healer's Art values the science of evidence-based medicine but emphasizes the humanistic nature that is also often a component of healing. 

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you to better prepare you to be a chief resident?  

  • Management skills start with learning Microsoft Excel.
  • Develop a healthy separation from your smartphone at night.
  • Take the time to communicate effectively with an accurate message.
  • Appreciate how helpful your co-chiefs are, and make yourself a tight, effective team from the start.

What do you think are the qualities or characteristics of a good anesthesiologist?  

  • Critical Thinking
  • Vigilance
  • Improvisation (within standard of care, of course)
  • Efficiency
  • Kindness

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am grateful to all the faculty, residents, and staff that have invested their time and effort in me here at UAB. This truly feels like home.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

The 2015 Annual Review Course



The 2015 Annual Anesthesiology Review Course will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham—The Wynfrey Hotel, February 21 to February 22, 2015.

Download a brochure for the full list of faculty, workshops, and the complete agenda.


*** And don't forget: Our Fourth Annual Alumni Reception is Saturday, February 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at The Club. Hope to see you there!

For more information about the review course, contact Lisa Kimbrough, lkimbrough@uab.edu.

For details about the alumni reception, contact Julie Cole Miller, millerjc@uab.edu.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014