Welcome to Anesthesia and Critical Care Reviews and Commentary (ACCRAC)

What is ACCRAC?

ACCRAC stands for Anesthesia and Critical Care Reviews and Commentary. The aim of this podcast is to help trainees who are reviewing for their exams as well as to provide a forum for interesting topics, debates and interviews in the areas of anesthesia and critical care.

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Who runs ACCRAC?

Jed Wolpaw

My name is Jed Wolpaw.  I am an associate professor of anesthesia and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  I am board certified in anesthesia and in adult critical care medicine.  I completed medical school and Anesthesia residency at UCSF in San Francisco.  I then did a critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins and stayed on faculty when I finished my fellowship.  I have a master’s degree in education and dedicate a large portion of my time to teaching medical students, residents and fellows.  My research interests focus on medical education, communication and physician well-being.  My goal in starting this podcast is to provide an accessible way for anyone interested in anesthesia and critical care to review basic topics, ongoing research, and interesting debates while working out or commuting.

I can be reached at accrac@accrac.com

Kimia Kashkooli
Social Media Manager (2019 – 2020)
Notes Contributor (2020 -)

Hello, fellow podcast-enthusiasts! My name is Kimia, and I am the current ACCRAC social media manager. I have always been a fan of the podcast as a medical student, and I’m very excited to now be a part of the ACCRAC team. To tell you guys a little bit about myself, I am originally from Iran but relocated with my family to rural Maine at a young age. I graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine this year, and I’m looking forward to starting my anesthesiology residency training at the University of Virginia this summer! Apart from listening to ACCRAC in my free time, I enjoy international travel, painting, photography, and heading to the mountains to go backpacking or rock climbing.

April Liu
Social Media Manager (2020-2022)
Notes Contributor (2019 -)

Hi everyone! My name is April and I am in my final year of medical school up in Canada. In my spare time, I absolutely love to run and podcasts are always a great accompaniment on these adventures. I love listening to ACCRAC because it continues to teach me so much about the fascinating world of anesthesia and beyond (shout out to those random recommendations). I am super excited to be ACCRAC’s next social media manager and to continue to contribute to writing show notes for the amazing episodes. Other hobbies that I love include swimming, baking, painting, and exploring the various national parks North America has to offer!

Brian Park
Tech Lead (2020 -)
Notes Contributor (2017 -)

Hey y’all! I’m currently an anesthesia resident at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. I’m originally from Chicago, and am a big fan of their hot dogs (Portillo’s) and deep dish (Lou Malnati’s). Prior to completing medical school at Drexel University COM, I completed a master’s degree at Boston University, and worked at the Massachusetts Dept of Public Health, and a non-profit called Health Leads. Like many medical students interested in anesthesia, I came to enjoy the easy-listening and smooth voice of ACCRAC during medical school. I’m interested in leveraging technology in education, so in 2017 I connected with Dr. Wolpaw to start writing show notes as a way of extending the engagement beyond the podcasts. We’ve grown the team since then, and now I focus on expanding features to improve the learning experience!

Ryan Okonski
Social Media Manager (2021 – 2022)

Hi guys! I’m a fourth year medical student at NYCOM who will be applying anesthesiology this coming year. I’ve been an ACCRAC listener for a few years now and it plays a big role in my regular pod rotation. I think it’s a great resource for medical students interested in anesthesia and/or critical care, as well as residents, CRNAs, AAs, and practicing attendings. When I’m not doing school, I’m probably watching the Jacksonville Jaguars or Pittsburgh Penguins, hanging out with friends, or trying to get a pick-up game going. Sometimes I even read. I look forward to contributing to this podcast through the growth of the Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as creating and expanding the brand new ACCRAC Instagram account. 

Sonia Amanat

Social Media Manager (2022 -)

Co- Tech Lead (2022 -)

Hi everyone! I’m a fourth year medical student at NYITCOM. I’m originally from the good ol’ Staten Island, NY (yes I took a ferry from Staten Island to Manhattan everyday in undergrad). Speaking of undergrad, I majored in Biochem & minored in biology — I guess I’m a bit of a bio enthusiast? In my spare time I love checking national parks off my list, baking, doing some freelance writing and teaching my British Shorthair kitten tricks (we have not been successful of yet). I came across ACCRAC when I started my fourth year anesthesia rotations & I am thrilled to become a team member!

Christopher Riis

Social Media Manager (2022 – 2023)

Hey I’m Chris and currently a 4th year medical stu dent at NYITCOM. I’m from Wantagh, NY and went to Marist College for undergraduate. I became interested in anesthesia my third year of medical school during my surgery rotation. The ACCRAC podcast was recommended by a friend and quickly became a favorite listen of mine. During my free time I enjoy surfing, fishing, beach volleyball, and have just started playing golf.

Edison Jyang

Notes Contributor (2021 -)

Hello, my name is Edison and I am a 4th year medical student at the Medical University of Lublin in Poland. I’m a Canadian who is an addict of both inline skating and podcasts. Sometimes enjoying both at the same time. I love anesthesia and crit care, and have joined ACCRAC to help with show notes and take deep dives on topics that interest me. Lastly and most importantly, I am also a diehard Canucks fan.

Sophia Wu

Social Media Manager (2023-)

Hi there! My name is Sophia and I am a fourth-year medical student at George Washington University in Washington, DC, applying into anesthesiology! I grew up outside of Philadelphia in NJ. Apart from listening to ACCRAC in my free time, I enjoy tennis, running, choir, and going to museums. I’ve always been grateful to the mentors I’ve had through my medical journey, which has influenced my joy in mentoring others as well. I love that ACCRAC makes anesthesia education accessible and easy to digest— I am grateful to be a part of it!

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