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Congratulations to our 2022 graduates

WashU’s Anesthesiology residency and fellowship classes of 2022 gathered throughout the month of June to celebrate each program’s graduates.

Our Residency Class of 2022 graduated on Saturday, June 18, at Busch Stadium. During the event, Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh, FCA SA, head of the department, took to the field to address the class drawing inspiration from Homer and Stoic philosophers.

“You are all outstanding physicians, providing excellent clinical care to the community we serve. Never lower your standards. You are passionate about educating your colleagues, including fellow residents and medical students. I encourage you to embrace this passion, and endeavor throughout your careers to impart your rich knowledge to others. Several of you have already made major contributions to knowledge advancement, for which I salute you. I hope that your thirst for discovery will never be slaked. And finally, you have shown incredible community spirit and camaraderie. I applaud your dedication to creating a just and collaborative culture within the residency and to promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels of our organization.”

The Class of 2022 provided:

  • 18,705 anesthetics with just over half of those belonging to the sickest ASA 3-5 patients, our highest level of acuity for patients.
  • 420 organ transplants
  • 1,575 central lines
  • 2,357 arterial lines
  • 11,120 airways
  • 128 code/anesthesia stat airways
  • 3,935 peripheral nerve blocks
  • 2,104 neuraxial blocks

In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of several members of the graduating class, Drs. Avidan, Mitchell, and Thompson also presented several trainee awards and this year’s outstanding teacher award.

“Despite the cycle of unprecedented challenges presented to them, this class managed to thrive and fulfill their goal to become world-class anesthesiologists and impact their patients in meaningful ways,” said Allison Mitchell, MD, residency program director.

Graduates, we are so proud of you and cannot wait to see how the specialty will change for the better with you all leading us into the future! In the words of Dr. Avidan:

“May you be as loyal and dedicated as Argos, the most remarkable of dogs;
May you emulate Telemachus’ life-long desire to learn and grow;
May you nurture the growth of others, as Athena did, in the guise of Mentor;
May you be as intelligent, wise, and talented as Penelope;
And finally, may you be as astute and resourceful as Odysseus.”

Fellowship Graduation Celebrations

The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship graduated 10 fellows on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Photo credit: Kendra Koerner-Bockius

The Adult & Pediatric Pain Dual Fellowship and Pain Medicine Fellowship had a joint celebration hosted by Drs. Rao and Thang for its four combined fellows on Friday, June 17, 2022.

The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship graduated three fellows on Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Brandon Tan, MD, also took part in this celebration because he completed his dedicated fellowship time with the Class of 2022, but he will continue for another year as a PGY5 in WashU’s ASAP program.

The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) Fellowship graduated four fellows on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

The Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship graduated one fellow on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

The Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Fellowship graduated its three fellows on Thursday, June 30, 2022.