Practical Reviews in Anesthesiology

Stay current on the latest advances in Anesthesiology with our unbiased expert reviews from today's leading medical journals.

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Practical Reviews is just that—practical, expert reviews of the most relevant articles from leading medical journals in Anesthesiology.

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Our expert medical faculty conduct a comprehensive review of hundreds of articles from current leading medical journals so you don’t have to. Our knowledge leaders summarize the most relevant medical research for you to review at your convenience and add commentary with perspective for applying these findings in your own practice.

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  • 16 articles summarized in each issue, each with an expert audio review
  • Online quizzes and instant pass/fail notification
  • Instant access to our database of Anesthesiology journal reviews
  • 14 issues annually
  • Ability to earn up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

View our full list of Reviewers, Journals, Accreditation and Media Format information.

Did You Know?

Arjun S. Chanmugam, MD, FACEP, MBA, the Attending Emergency Physician with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, serves as the Medical Director for Practical Reviews.

Articles in each issue of Practical Reviews are selected, vetted and summarized by expert panelists who are some of the leading practitioners and instructors in their fields.

The free Practical Reviews app provides easy search capabilities across 125,000+ articles to aid you in your research needs.

Coordinating Editor

Kumar G. Belani, MD, MBBS, MS, FACA, FAAP

  • Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine & Pediatrics
  • Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Schools of Medicine & Public Health
  • University of Minnesota
  • Minneapolis, MN

Administrative Editor

Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA

  • Associate Professor
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Director, Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship (2003-2011)
  • Director, Blaustein Pain Treatment Center (2003-2008)
  • Division of Pain Medicine
  • Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD


David S. Beebe, MD

  • Professor of Anesthesiology
  • University of Minnesota School of Medicine
  • Minneapolis, MN

Krasimir George Bojanov, MD

  • Staff Anesthesiologist
  • University of Minnesota, Adjunct Staff, TCAA PA, Partner
  • Saint Paul, MN

Meghan Furlong Frese, MD

  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Minnesota
  • Minneapolis, MN

Ruchir Gupta, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Stony Brook School of Medicine
  • Stony Brook NY

Jacob Hutchins, MD

  • University of Minnesota
  • Minneapolis, MN


Priya Ramachandran Menon, MD, MBBS

  • Staff Anesthesiologist
  • Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
  • Herzzentrum Leipzig, Strumpellstrasse
  • Leipzig, Germany

Kanchi Muralidhar, MD

  • Professor & Head of the Department
  • Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals
  • Karnataka, India

Niraja Rajan, MBBS

  • Medical Director, Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center
  • Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center
  • Hershey, PA

Andrew D. Sedivy, MD

  • Staff Anesthesiologist
  • Methodist Hospital
  • St. Louis Park
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
  • American Journal of Anesthesiology
  • American Journal of Cardiology
  • Anaesthesia
  • Anesthesia & Analgesia
  • Anesthesiology
  • Annals of Emergency Medicine
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Annals of Neurology
  • Annals of Surgery
  • Annals of Thoracic Surgery
  • Archives of Internal Medicine
  • Archives of Surgery
  • British Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Canadian Journal of Anesthesia
  • Circulation
  • Circulation Research
  • Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Diabetes Care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hypertension
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Journal of Anaesthesia and Clinical Pharmacology
  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
  • Journal of Clinical Monitoring
  • Journal of Hand Surgery
  • Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Journal of Pediatrics
  • Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Journal of Thoracic Surgery
  • Journal of Trauma
  • The Lancet
  • Liver Transplantation and Surgery
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Paediatric Anaesthesia
  • Pain
  • Pain Physician
  • Pediatrics
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • Stroke
  • Transfusion

Statement of Need

CME is integrated into the process for improving professional practice with educational strategies implemented to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change. Physicians are unable to consistently integrate new information into their practices because of the ways new medical knowledge is structured and disseminated, and the time it takes to completely scan for new information. Practical Reviews publications select and translate peer-reviewed literature for practical use, therefore diminishing the barrier of time.

Intended Audience

Anesthesiologists, surgeons and others interested in anesthesiology.

Special Prerequisites for Participants

There are no prerequisites for participants.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze inhalational, intravenous, regional and adjuvant agents and techniques
  • Discuss special problems related to specific surgical procedures
  • Identify controversies, advantages and disadvantages of anesthetic protocols
  • Discuss the latest basic science findings and the impact of these on clinical problems

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Accreditation Statement

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Per Issue for Practical Reviews

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is also eligible for 4 credit hours in Category 2-B of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the American Osteopathic Association, provided it is completed in its entirety.

Estimated time to complete each issue: 4 hours

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the instructional materials.

To obtain credit, the quiz must be completed online within 24 months of publication date. The participant must score a minimum of 70%.

Disclaimer Statement

The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own. This enduring material is produced for educational purposes only. Use of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine name implies review of educational format design and approach. Please review the complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

For release and expiration dates, please see the front matter material at the beginning of each issue.


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(Updated 4/09 and 3/14)


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