Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine!
As the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the UMass Memorial Health Care, I am delighted to welcome you to our department home page.
It has been an honor to embrace my new role and a very exciting time. It is an opportunity to build on the strong foundation laid by my predecessors and a privilege to articulate my vision and begin the hard work of bringing it to fruition. A vision that aims to achieve credence in the four key pillars of one mission which is Patient Care, Education, Professional Development and Scholarly Work. No vision can be achieved without a strong team and I am proud to have an outstanding leadership team and a team of Faculty, Residents and CRNA who are my partners in this quest.
Excellent patient care is the common goal that anchors our mission. From a practice that is spread over six locations, outpatient to tertiary care at the Medical Center, our team of over 56 Anesthesiologists, 50 Nurse Anesthetists and 30 Residents provide patient care at more than 60 anesthesiology sites each morning. With a belief in taking care of our patients over the entire continuum of care we are piloting a Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) with the Department of Urology. (PSH powerpoints: January 2015 and April 2015)
We have over 10 subspecialty teams. Starting October 2015, our team of intensivists (some with dual fellowship training in cardiac and critical care) will begin providing coverage for the Cardiac and Vascular surgery Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in addition to the Surgical ICU and e ICU.
Expanding beyond the borders of central Massachusetts we are partnering with the Office of Global Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for a global health mission in Liberia.
Leveraging our strong patient care platform, our talented faculty are educating the next generations of caregivers. This is at the core of our mission. An energized leadership team, led by our Residency Program Director, Dr. Tanya Lucas, Academic Vice Chair, Dr. Matthias Walz, Associate Program Director, Dr. Jennifer Smith, Residency Program Administrator, Cassie Tortorici, and our Chief Residents are embarking on the recruitment cycle for the 2016 Residency Match.
Our Chief Residents, Dr. Nathan Belt and Dr. Jennifer Evansmith, along with the UMMS medical students, have taken the lead on establishing the UMMS Anesthesia Interest Group. Coupled with a restructuring of the Third Year Medical Student Rotation and the Fourth Year Elective, there is a palpable sense of excitement as we share our passion for the field of Anesthesiology with our youngest learners.
Our department is a robust rotation site for Student Nurse Anesthetists (SRNA) from the region’s Nurse Anesthesia Programs. This has paid rich dividends as we successfully recruit these new graduates to join our team.
Faculty are the backbone of our department. As Chair, I believe our genotype reflects our phenotype, we are who we recruit, develop, and retain. Supporting each faculty member to achieve his or her professional goals with a partnership with the UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs and the leadership development opportunities offered by the clinical systems, our faculty serve in key leadership roles both within and outside the department.
Research and Scholarly Work
A curiosity to ask questions, a spirit to innovate, and a dedication to scholarly work related to patient care, education and health care delivery methods is what we value. One of our major goals for the upcoming years is to establish a progressive Resident and Faculty presence at regional, national, and international meetings. Our vision is to establish a Perioperative Outcomes Research Center. With the launch of the PSH Urology Pilot, we are poised to turn this vision into reality.
I welcome you to our department, and for our alumni (Resident and Faculty) I hope to see you in person at a future Alumni event.
With Warm Regards,
Shubi Kaur, MD