Do You Speak Surgeon-ese?

By Dr. Kurt Pfeifer MD, FACP, FHM  |  February 3, 2016 | 

Kurt Pfeifer, MD, FACP, FHM

Does the phrase “medical clearance” make your skin crawl? Perioperative medicine continues to be a growing part of the practice of hospitalists everywhere, yet for many this is an area they feel uncomfortable with. Never fear! Hospital Medicine 2016 has more perioperative medicine educational offerings than ever!

On Sunday, March 6 the all-day Perioperative Medicine precourse (Spy Into the World of Perioperative Medicine) provides an overview of all major aspects of the field, from the basics to the controversies.

Speaking of controversies, watch Steven Cohn and me duke it out over hotly contested perioperative topics in The Great Debate – Controversies in Perioperative Medicine on March 9th at 8:45 am.

For a sweeping update of all things periop, check out Paul Grant’s Update in Perioperative and Consultative Medicine on March 9th at 7:40 am.

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the OR when hospitalists aren’t looking? Barbara Slawski will expose the truth in Secrets of the OR: What Happens in the OR that You Need to Know on March 9th at 9:50 am.

Can’t get enough of those NOACs, TSOACs, DOACs or whatever they’re called now? Scott Kaatz will get you up to speed in Perioperative Management of Anticoagulation on March 8th at 3:35 pm.

Finally, on March 7th at 3:05 pm in the Perioperative Pitfalls session, you can see an all-star cast of perioperative experts lead a discussion of sticky situations that hospitalists often find themselves in with surgical patients.

HM16 will make sure you are fully prepared to provide the best care for your patients requiring surgery. You’ll never be afraid to go to the PACU again (but you probably still won’t like the smell).

Share your periop challenges and questions with me before, during and after the meeting via Twitter: @KurtPfeifer


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About the Author: Dr. Kurt Pfeifer MD, FACP, FHM

Dr. Kurt Pfeifer MD, FACP, FHM completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin prior to serving there as chief resident. He subsequently joined the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin and served as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency for nine years. He is currently the director of the preoperative evaluation clinic at the Froedtert and Medical College Eye Institute and a course director in MCW’s Discovery Curriculum. His clinical and scholarly activities focus primarily on perioperative and consultative medicine, medical education and career development. Dr. Pfeifer has co-authored over 300 student and resident abstracts, case reports and national presentations and has written and lectured extensively on perioperative medicine and medical education. He is also Associate Editor for two innovative, online learning portals -, an online curriculum for perioperative and consultative medicine, and ClinicalAccess, a point-of-care evidence-based medicine search engine.


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