AACPD Candidate – Trombetta

Carlos Trombetta, MD, MEd, CHSE, FASA

Cleveland Clinic

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, went to Medical School in the Universidad Central de Venezuela, where I graduated in the top 10th percentile of my class. From there I decide to continue my medical training in the Hospital Universitario de Caracas, the main hospital associated to my University. There I did an anesthesiology residency followed by a cardiac anesthesia fellowship. Stayed as staff there for the next four years, after which I decided to pursue further education in the US.

I did my anesthesiology residency and cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland OH.

After their completion, I stayed as staff in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Department, where I currently work, to which I have added quite recently an appointment as staff in the General Anesthesia Department.

After getting involved in several education related projects, I decided to enroll in a Masters of Education for medial professionals, in a joint venture between Cleveland State University and Cleveland Clinic. This experience gave me the opportunity to understand the different ways adults learn in medicine, and what we can do as educators to enhance that.

I took on the role of associate program director both for our core residency program and our cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship program. There I got to work with both residents and fellows and helped in their education and training.

Over the years, I have had a great deal of involvement in medical simulation. One of my main goals as associate program director was to develop a comprehensive simulation curriculum that expands from an Intern boot camp, procedural workshops, cadaver labs, the practice of crisis resource management skills with high fidelity simulation and an OSCE curriculum.

Using this experience, I was asked to organize and direct our Institution’s simulation maintenance of certification course. This has given me the opportunity to work with practicing anesthesiologists during simulated anesthesia crisis.

In June 2019 the prior core residency program director took the role of department chairman, and I was asked to assume the role of program director for our residency program.

Needless to say this has been a very interesting year, from which I have taken many lessons, but I will say that the main one is the importance of recognizing the best intentions in every person and importance of helping them find a route to their best potential.