Continuing medical education towards ensuring safe anesthesia practice

What’s New:  PSA holds 46th Annual Convention

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam pharetra, tellus sit amet congue vulputate, nisi erat iaculis nibh, vitae feugiat sapien ante eget mauris. Cras elit nisl, rhoncus nec iaculis ultricies, feugiat eget sapien. Pellentesque ac felis tellus. Aenean sollicitudin imperdiet arcu, vitae dignissim est posuere id. Duis placerat justo eu nunc interdum ultrices.  jihjhjkjk



An elderly patient needed a heart transplant and discussed his options with his doctor.

The doctor said, “We have three possible donors; tell me which one you want to use. One is a young, healthy athlete who died in an automobile accident. The second is a middle-aged businessman who never drank or smoked and who died in his private plane. The third is an attorney who just died after practicing law for 30 years.”

“I’ll take the lawyer’s heart,” said the patient.

After a successful transplant, the doctor asked the patient why he had chosen the donor he did.

“It was easy,” the patient replied. “I wanted a heart that had not been used.”

CME Highlights:  Video Conference Program

The Video Conference Program is a collaborative effort of the Office of CME with Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP). Family physicians in rural areas use the videoconferencing facilities in their local hospital to participate in interactive updates on issues of current interest delivered by clinical experts.

- Video Conference Program – September – December 2013
- Video Conference Program – January – April 2014

Contact: Mairi Babey, Rural Conference Coordinator, (403) 220-3379, ruralcme@ucalgary.ca

Author Interview:  Ronald D. Miller, MD

Ronald D. Miller, MD, an Elsevier Author, a top-rated anesthesiologist and one of the best-known anesthesia authors in the world, is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, as well as a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

He completed his residency and fellowship in anesthesiology at UCSF after obtaining his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Tech Updates:  PSA Command Infrastructure

A centralized IT, CCTV, and A/V infrastructure is now fully operational at the newly renovated PSA headquarters.

Spot Light:  The Role of the Anesthesiologist 

The Role of the Anesthesiologist — from Surgical Anesthesia to Critical Care Medicine and Pain Medicine
Intraoperative Care
It is estimated that nearly 40 million anesthetics are administered each year in the United States. Anesthesiologists provide or participate in more than 90 percent of these anesthetics. In the operating room, they are responsible for the medical management and anesthetic care of the patient throughout the duration of the surgery. The anesthesiologist must carefully match the anesthetic needs of each patient to that patient’s medical condition, responses to anesthesia and the requirements of the surgery.

Anesthesiologists have important functions outside of the operating room, but the majority of their vital work takes place in the surgical suite. Their main roles during surgery are:

Provide continual medical assessment of the patient
Monitor and control the patient’s vital life functions, including heart rate and rhythm, breathing, blood pressure, body temperature and body fluid balance
Control the patient’s pain and level of consciousness to make conditions ideal for a safe and successful surgery
Most of the time, the patient won’t even realize the anesthesiologist is providing these critical functions during surgery, but rest assured you have a physician by your side making sure your health and safety is protected at all times.