Nov 18, 2020
Currently a partner and enjoying life in Bend
John Meyer, MD
Currently in Bend, Oregon
Originally from Overland Park, Kansas
I graduated from OHSU APOM in 2018 (I was the Chief Resident from April 2017 to April 2018). I have a B.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Idaho, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, and an M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. I did a stint as a consulting engineer for four years in Wyoming before jumping ship into the rabbit hole of medicine.
I’m currently a partner with the Bend Anesthesiology Group in Bend, Oregon. Clinically, I’m a generalist providing adult and pediatric anesthesia throughout the St. Charles Health System in central Oregon and several of the ambulatory surgery centers in Bend. I’m also the President-Elect of the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists – I’ll be following the leadership of the current OSA President, fellow OHSU APOM alum Dr. Seth Palesch. Outside of anesthesia, I enjoy post-residency life by partaking in all that living in Bend offers. My wife and I get our two boys, 8 and 5, outside as much as possible – biking, skiing, fishing, camping, paddling, and hiking. I’m also currently curling in my third season as part of the Bend Curling Club - yeah, the ice sport with the brooms - and am the Vice President of that organization
OHSU APOM prepared me exceptionally well and I can’t imagine a better place to train – the case volume relative to the program’s size allows for incredible learning opportunities, and we have the most dedicated faculty on the planet. I liked the place so much that I recently signed on as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department, this position allows me to lecture and mentor residents from afar, which I enjoy immensely.
To the residents, training is hard by nature, it has to be challenging since there is a lot to learn in four years. But remember that the way to get comfortable in this is to get your reps in, learn from every case big or small, and take ownership of every patient encounter. You may not have realized it at the time, but you signed on to a life of leadership, which is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a physician anesthesiologist. Don’t worry, there is light at the end of the tunnel (the fishing gets way better after you finish).
December 7, 2020
Viviana Ruiz Barros, MD
Current city & state: Mountain View, CA
Hometown city & state: Cali, Colombia
Graduation year: 2020
Major, minor, post-grad: Molecular and Cell Biology (UC Berkeley), Medical Degree (UC Davis)
I am a pediatric anesthesia fellow, specializing in pediatric anesthesia care at Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. I will be completing my fellowship training in July of 2021 and will likely stay in the Northern California region close to family and friends. My goal is to join a practice in which I can care for (mostly) children and adults of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Why did you choose to attend OHSU?
In addition to being a top-tier residency program, OHSU was the only institution during my interview trail that discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in anesthesia. This was rare to hear in 2016 and it is one of the reasons I chose to attend OHSU. I also loved the OHSU hospital and the city of Portland. I felt the program had the important elements to be happy as a resident, which held true throughout my training.
Who influenced you most during your time at OHSU?
Many people influenced me during my time at OHSU. If I had to choose one person it would be Dr. Jeff Kirsch: we worked together numerous times, mostly while on call, and I learned a lot from his kind yet fierce leadership style.
What is the most important thing you learned while at APOM?
The most important thing I learned while at APOM is to stand up for what you believe. As a resident I was in numerous situations in which I felt the need to speak up (for my patient, a colleague, or myself), and although the intrinsic hierarchy of our medical education system makes it challenging to find our voice, I learned that doing so can have a tremendous positive impact. It is also important to identify your support system and allies. I was fortunate to receive abundant support from APOM.
What advice do you have for APOM residents?
The advice I’d give to APOM residents is to not beat yourself up over mistakes but be reflective. At the end of each day, think about what went well and what you can improve upon, and do things better next time. Don’t forget to enjoy the learning process, ask for feedback, and ask a lot of questions - it’s good to distinguish your attending’s personal preferences from evidence-based medicine!
Dec. 17, 2020
Current city: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Frostburg, MD
Graduation year: Residency 2018 (OHSU)
Major, minor, post-grad: B.S. Chemical Engineering; B.S. Chemistry (NCSU ’07); NIH Post-Bacc IRTA (‘08-09); M.D. (University of MD ’14) , Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship (UW/SCH ’19)
My current title is acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington – Seattle’s Children’s Hospital where I work as a pediatric anesthesiologist.
My practice is 100% pediatrics, though we do care for some young adults who are still being treated in our facility. I also have an academic affiliation with University of Washington. I spend 80% working clinically which includes providing anesthetic care in the operating rooms and non-OR locations as well as on our mobile sedation service. The other 20% is reserved academic time to work on research, publications, teaching, etc. On most of my clinical days, I am involved in supervising and teaching residents, fellows, and CRNAs, but I also have a good portion of days where I work solo. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring Seattle and the Puget Sound and am working on picking up some old and new hobbies like visiting National Parks, reading for fun, and learning to play piano.
I chose to attend OHSU for several reasons. I was looking for a mid-size program where I wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle but would also have a big enough group to spread the workload around. I wanted to be in a place where I’d get a diverse training experience, where the emphasis was on resident education, and where I’d get exposure to big cases, sick patients, and subspecialties earlier in my training. I also wanted to be in a place where I felt like the people supported each other and genuinely enjoyed working together. OHSU fit all these criteria. It was really after interviewing and interacting with people in the department that I really solidified my decision – not only did OHSU have a bunch of the things I was looking for, but I felt like the of the department was one that I could thrive in both personally and professionally. This instinct turned out to be right on and I can’t recommend the program highly enough.
I have so many good memories at OHSU, it’s hard to pick just one! One of my favorites was getting to travel to Peru on a surgical mission trip as part of our global health program. Our team consisted of nursing , anesthesia, and surgical team members from OHSU and elsewhere. For the anesthesia team, we had another medical student, resident, fellow, and attending from the anesthesiology department as well as an alum. We worked really hard, providing excellent surgical care to kids who needed surgeries to correct their cleft lips and palates. During this trip, I learned a lot about providing anesthesia in less-resourced areas and how to get creative with the medications and supplies that were available. It was also nice to be able to connect on a deeper level with other colleagues on the trip. I encourage all residents to try to be part of a global trip if it is possible.
My advice for APOM residents is to lean in, take ownership of your cases, and remember that every case can teach you something. Ask many questions and use your resources while you have access to them. The people in APOM have so much experience and knowledge, and eventually you won’t have access to them like you do when you are a resident, so learn as much as you can. In the same regard, take good notes about how you do things and why -- I was surprised how differently the same cases are approached at different institutions, and you won’t always remember how you did things as a resident.