Five of our department's leading faculty members traveled to Hangzhou, China in April to take part in a joint conference with the Department of Anesthesiology at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University (SAHZU), on "The Future of Perioperative Medicine".
At the invitation of Yan Min, MD, the department chair, UCLA’s presentations at the one-day conference included:
The Conference was well attended by health care professionals within SAHZU as well as from other local hospitals. Remarkably, there is a free app for smartphones and computers in China that broadcasts educational conferences online in real time. More than 800 outside viewers logged in to take advantage of this unique educational opportunity.
In addition to the joint conference, our faculty members engaged in other talks and activities. Dr. Cole gave a hospital-wide grand rounds for SAHZU faculty and staff beyond the anesthesiology department, and Dr. Steadman attended a simulation session on perioperative crisis management. The group met with two of the hospital's vice presidents, toured SAHZU facilities including operating rooms and research laboratories, and discussed opportunities for future collaboration:
SAHZU, established in 1885, is one of the largest academic medical centers in China. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province, with a population of over 20 million in the metropolitan area. The 11th annual G-20 summit was hosted in Hangzhou last year. SAHZU has a long history of collaboration with our department and UCLA Health. Dr. Yan and many of the SAHZU faculty members have visited or studied with us. Many of our faculty members have visited Hangzhou as well, and SAHZU has been an international training site for our residents since 2012. Sepehr Rejai, MD, a CA-3 resident, recently concluded a very rewarding rotation at SAHZU, reported in our news in February.
While in Hangzhou, some of the group visited West Lake and enjoyed a bicycle ride. West Lake is a freshwater man-made lake, created because of the Chinese love for garden-style recreation parks. The symbol of Hangzhou, West Lake is considered one of the most beautiful sights in China, and CNN named it one of the "12 superb sunset spots around the world". One of the most famous views, "Three Pools Mirroring the Moon", is featured on the one yuan bank note. Not far from West Lake, the group also had the chance to visit the Xixi National Wetland Park, a rare urban wetland park combining city life, farming, and culture.