Class Notes, October 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

[Pictured from left to right: Dr. Gabriel Sarah, Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi]

Suzanne Sisley, MD, Class of 1995

One of my many academic pursuits at University of Arizona College of Medicine is my service as Principal Investigator on an FDA-approved Marijuana Study. It's a big achievement because I don't think the UA's Institutional Review Board has ever received a study design for whole plant Marijuana on human subjects. So far, the IRB has given me preliminary approval and I am just waiting for final confirmation so they can review our last revisions.

Gabriel Sarah, MD, Class of 2008

Gabriel Sarah spent the month of September in Washington, D.C. serving as the Resident Scholar in the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs. This rotation, approved by the American Board of Anesthesiology, is one of only a few programs in medicine designed to allow resident physicians to experience the political, legislative, and regulatory factors that affect the delivery of patient care. Residents who participate in the program gain further appreciation for the enormous impact that policymaking and governmental actions have on all facets of medicine, especially on the practice of anesthesiology.  ASA believes that understanding health care policy issues directly affects and improves how residents care for patients each day in hospitals and other clinical settings, which is essential to the way anesthesiologists practice their specialty. Gabe participated in the daily activities of the ASA Office of Governmental and Legal Affairs, attended lobby events sponsored by ASA and the ASAPAC (Political Action Committee), created a specific research project regarding Medicare’s proposed rule to reimburse nurse anesthetists for chronic pain procedures, and explored and reported on new law and policy changes affecting the profession of anesthesiology to his home program, The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital where Gabe also serves as Chief Resident. Gabe had the opportunity to meet with many members of Congress and personally discuss the latest issues affecting physicians and their delivery of healthcare to their patients.

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