SNEAK PEEK: This Year’s Perioperative Care Boot Camp

June 06, 2017


 SNEAK PEEK: This Year’s Perioperative Care Boot Camp

Dr. Zeev Kain After the first-ever Interdisciplinary Conference on Orthopedic Value-Based Care conference sold out, there was a demand for more. The conference’s founder, Dr. Zeev Kain was inundated with calls from people who wanted to know more about building and maintaining an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery and Perioperative Surgical Home (ERAS-PSH).

It’s no easy task, but a few organizations have done it successfully, and their work will be the star of the show at the ERAS-PSH Perioperative Care Boot Camp. With a nuts-and-bolts approach to all 39 sessions, attendees will be able to start implementing takeaways from the conference as soon as they return back to work Monday morning.

Bringing Different Groups Together

What we love about this conference is it’s designed to bring all the leaders in a patient’s care team together. For example, there are panels that will include a hospitalist, an anesthesiologist, and a nurse. While this might sound like the beginning of a “walked into the bar” joke, know that a panel like this has never existed before, and that is what makes this experience so unique and valuable.

The cast of speakers is equally impressive. Among the all-star roster is the conference’s founder Dr. Zeev Kain, Dr. Chris Steel, and Dr. Thomas Vetter. CODE Technology recently sat down with all three to find out what they’re excited for at the  Perioperative Care Boot Camp.

Dr. Thomas Vetter

Dr. Thomas Vetter

“Dr. Kain does such a great job of bringing a very eclectic group together. It’s not the same people month over month, year over year, who’ve been talking about this topic for the last four or five years. He brings in a very different group with different perspectives,” says Dr. Thomas Vetter, who will be speaking at the conference.

Dr. Thomas Vetter’s resume alone is enough to make anyone’s jaw drop. He’s currently Professor and Director of Perioperative Care at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Austin; Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Medical Journal Anesthesia & Analgesia; and has an exhaustive list of peer-reviewed publications on topics that range from outcomes research and patient-reported health measures to healthcare policy and economics. He’s an amazing person, an outstanding clinician, and is always looking for opportunities to share his wealth of knowledge.

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Vetter and Dr. Kain’s careers have ridden in almost perfect tandem. They both started as pediatric anesthesiologists, have had similar clinical research interests, and — by sheer coincidence — they both independently became passionate about the perioperative surgical home and perioperative medicine. It was not until this past year, however, when Dr. Kain invited Dr. Vetter to join him on the American College of Perioperative Medicine Initiative, that their trajectories finally aligned. “We’re both very grateful for it … We want to share our knowledge. Just like the metaphor, a rising tide lifts all boats,” says Dr. Vetter.

Dr. Chris Steel

Dr. Chris Steel Dr. Chris Steel is also a perfect match for this conference. He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk, fully immersed in the day-to-day process of the bundled payment system as Director of Anesthesia at White River Health Systems.

At his small hospital in Arkansas, he has been able to effectively bring his team together and build a PSH from scratch, so nobody knows the nuts-and-bolts approach better.

“He has a wonderful personality, he’s very collaborative, and he’s a very good teacher, and so I said, ‘Well, guess what? He’s a great match for this meeting,'” says Dr. Kain.


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