Monday, October 10th, 2022

7:00a | Transfusion, TEG, Coagulopathy

We will discuss transfusion, TEG, and coagulopathies in groups (on Canvas). There is pre-reading, the UpToDate chapter included below, in addition to discussion questions which are attached.


Associated SCORE modules:

Groups for Monday conference, October 10th.
Group 1: Dana 9 (AC Pharmacist) Group 2: SLC (Carter) Group 3: Library Room 4 (Whiting)
Murphy Johnson Nwanna-Nzewunwa
Caesar Caffé Scott
K. McGuirl Elman Demme
Okoli Francois Olsen
Smith Gleaton Philbrick
Caron Button Byrnes


Conference documents: 

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

7:00a | Ventilators and Mechanical Ventilation

Associated SCORE modules:

8:00a | Morbidity & Mortality

A death in the scanner, Dr. Obieze Nwanna-Nzewunwa

A total hepatectomy, Dr. Chris Demme

9:00a | Grand Rounds

A presentation by Dr. Syed Quadri, Thoracic Surgery. 

10:00a | Chair Conference


Monday, October 3rd, 2022

7:00a | Shock & Sepsis

October is upon and winter is coming. From the desk of the honorable Dr. Vernamonti:

For Monday Conference we will be talking about Shock and Sepsis. We will be filling out the infamous shock table with the swan values (medical students up/down arrows acceptable, residents get absolute values) and talking about basics of critical care management for each one. I anticipate this will take about 30 minutes, then we can talk about most recent surviving sepsis guidelines (2021). Please don't read all 90 pages, but Table 1 is helpful with the summary of recommendations. Also included Sepsis III for historical context, but don't read unless interested.

Referenced documents attached. Associated SCORE modules below:

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

8:00a | Melnick!

In lieu of Thursday conference we will enjoy our Fall Melnick Retreat. We will gather at Dr. Whiting's lakeside chalet for a morning of relaxation. Details will be e-mailed.

Monday, September 26th, 2022

7:00a | PEC | Dana 9 or on Zoom

Program Evaluation Committee (PEC) meeting will be held on Monday in lieu of General Surgery conference. We will discuss the annual program review. Materials for PEC are below.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

7:00a | Tracheostomy, upper airway obstruction

Thursday morning education conference will cover tracheostomies and upper airway obstruction. There is pre-reading, "Surgical airways: Tracheostomy and cricothyroidotomy," which is attached below. Below are the associated SCORE modules:

8:00a | Annual program review

In the Dana Auditorium. No zoom option. Coffee will be served prior to the event. There will be no additional charge for the coffee - it is complimentary with membership in the Surgery Department at MMC.

10:00a | Chair conference

From Dr. Nolan:  For Chair conference tomorrow I would like you to think of a recent experience in the OR which you found enjoyable AND educational.  What did you enjoy about the experience, and what did you learn? If you haven't been in the OR recently, think of any patient encounter, be it on the floor, SCU or clinic. Be prepared to share your experience.

Conference documents: 

Monday, September 19th, 2022

Monday conference will cover neck trauma as part of the Chest and Neck Trauma block. Here are the associated SCORE modules:

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Educational Conference

Dr. Shurtleff will present on rib plating exposures

Morbidity & Mortality

Delayed recogntion of an obturator hernia, Obieze Nwanna-Nzewunwa

Prolapse, a rectal adventure, Astrid Gleaton

Grand Rounds

Acting intern presentations.

Chair Conference


Monday, September 12th, 2022

Monday conference will be a journal club about rib plating. Below are two documents for pre-reading. The groups are the same, see Canvas.

Conference documents: 

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

For trauma conference tomorrow at 7 AM we will plan on splitting up into 2 groups.

Students, PGY 1 and 2 should go to Dana 1. Dr. Carter will lead this session.  We will start with a discussion of chest tubes and then move onto a discussion of indications for ED thoracotomy and I will bring over a thoracotomy tray for the second part of conference to get your hands on the equipment.

PGY 3 through 5 should meet in surgical Learning Center where we will discuss indications for ED thoracotomy followed by technical tips and then some more advanced exposures.  This session will be led by Dr. Morse.  I will go between rooms with equipment and help facilitate.  I am enclosing a PDF version of the top knife chapter that was copied the old-fashioned way if you need to review.