Our CME Programs
Operations Research for Surgical Services
This course is given by Franklin Dexter of the Division of Management Consulting. Purpose of the course is to teach participants how to apply principles of operations research to solve problems in the operating room and perioperative environment:
- Monitoring operational and financial performance of surgical suites and anesthesia groups (“descriptive analytics”),
- Forecasting case durations, time remaining in cases, use of staffed OR time (“predictive analytics”),
- Applying principles of operations research to make common decisions, such as staffing levels, block time planning, case scheduling and assignment, financial management, and strategic planning (“prescriptive analytics”),
- Identifying in-house expertise to aid in problem-solving and determining whether outside consultants are needed,
- Evaluating current decision-support systems.
Regional Anesthesia Study Center of Iowa (RASCI)
RASCI Workshops offer hands-on basic and advanced workshops in regional anesthesia. Anesthetic anatomy is cadaver-based anesthetic anatomy. Demonstration of all the surface anatomy and actual blocks and catheter techniques are on human volunteers. Thereafter these blocks and catheter techniques are practiced on anesthetized pigs.To see the dates of upcoming workshops go to the RASCI Registration Form.
Statistical Methods for Anesthesia
This is a customized instructional program provided online (e.g., by Skype) by Dr. Dexter, at one of many possible dates monthly. Investigators in anesthesia often consult with statisticians (analysts) who have limited knowledge of prior research in statistical methods for anesthesia. Effective collaboration between investigator and statistician (analyst) often is limited until journal reviewers highlight relevant statistical research, often from engineering or social sciences. Analysts (e.g., those from engineering working with operating room data) often have substantial analytical skills but limited knowledge of prior research in analytical methods for anesthesia. The intended audiences of this program are (1) the research investigators in anesthesia and (2) the analysts working in anesthesia and/or operating room management. Upon completion of this program, the participant(s) will have summarized their problem scenario(s), read the few relevant papers specific to anesthesia, applied the selected statistical methods to their data, and created a plan for future work and learning.