Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) and bronchoscopy

Department: Anesthesiology, UMCG

Supervisors: Jayant Jainandunsing MD
E.M.E. (Nini) Craenen MD

Anaesthesiologists are medical specialists who provide medical care to patients before, during, and after surgery. Our main tasks are airway management, intraoperative life support, and pain.

The field of Anaesthesiology is not only restricted to the operating room. Anaesthesiologists are involved in Intensive Care Units, Postoperative Anaesthesia Care Units, Pain Clinics, and Emergency medicine including Mobile Medical Trauma Team.

In the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) residents and staff members are trained in our state of the art Skills Lab where all kinds of medical/ peri-operative situations can be simulated.

The training to become an anaesthesiologist consists of a 5-year program. The main pillars of anaesthesiological training are physiology and pharmacology. After residency, additional training can be done to become a super-specialist such as cardiac anaesthesiology, paediatric anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management or emergency care.

Cardiac-Anaesthesiologists are involved in cardiac and lung surgery, one of the tools used to assess cardiac function is transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). TEE is one of the essential tools during cardiac surgery to asses function and provide the surgeon with additional information. In this workshop you will get an introduction into TEE. After a short introduction you will be challenged to make a TEE yourself on a virtual reality simulator. Another clinical assessment tool is the bronchoscope. During lung surgery the use of a bronchoscopy is necessary to asses positioning of the airway tube and to see whether tracheal suture lines are properly made. During this workshop you will get a hands-on experience on our bronchoscopy simulator.