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WISER goes international with the 2nd Mediterranean Transplantation Anesthesiology and Simulation Symposium (MedTASS)
WISER coordinates the 2nd MedTASS conference

WISER in conjunction with UPMC, the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies (ISMETT), and the Renato Fiandaca Simulation Center, held the 2nd Mediterranean Transplantation Anesthesiology and Simulation Symposium (MedTASS) at the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea (www.villaigiea.hilton.com) in Palermo, Italy on April 27-30, 2011. International experts presented up-to-date reviews of current standards of practice in the anesthesia standards of practice.
Several WISER faculty were part of this conference: Dr. John Williams, Chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Dr. Raymond Planinsic, Conference Cochair, Dr. Joseph Quinlan, Dr. Erin Sullivan, Dr. Andrew Murray, Dr. David Metro, Dr. Victor Scott and Dr. Ibtesam Hilmi
This year's conference began with a Difficult Airway Management workshop which was lead by WISER faculty as well as faculty from ISMETT. The workshop provided participants the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of airway management and then practice the skills that they learned on Laerdal SimMan. The following two days included morning sessions of didactic presentations followed by simulation-based learning in the afternoon.
Keynotes for this year's conference were Dr. John Williams who presented on "Advanced Specialty Care: What to Expect in the Next Decade" and Dr. David Metro who presented on "Role of Simulation in Medical Education."

Simulation was used in this conference to teach and demonstrate techniques to deal with critical operating room scenarios, develop an understanding of potential medical errors, and practice crisis-management skills. The following are a few of the scenarios that were encountered: fire in the operating room, how to handle malignant hyperthermia, and transfusion reaction. Conference attendees also participated in interactive simulation sessions dealing with intraoperative decisions in real time crisis management scenarios. Specific sessions were also held to teach difficult airway management, fiberoptic intubation, and central line placement. This year's conference was a success and WISER looks forward to the next conference in 2013.

Participants take turns practicing skills learned in the difficult airway preconference workshop
Drs. Williams and Arcadipane give the MedTASS Conference opening remarks
Dr. Metro leads the "Fire in the OR" simulation scenario