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Society for Technology in Anesthesia
2019 Engineering Challenge
 

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 16th

The Society for Technology in Anesthesia is pleased to announce it's 11th Annual Engineering Challenge to be held in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The rules:

  1. At least one member of the team should be a trainee – student, resident, fellow, etc.
  2. It is permissible to present via Skype (or equivalent video chat)

STA 2019 Engineering Challenge: Quantum Scheduling

Most anesthesiologists have, at some point in their career, been subject to the need to make assignments of staff to transition from daytime to evening coverage. While this is highly dependent on culture, three features are nearly universal:

  1. Minimize the number of handoffs
  2. Place providers in their area of expertise
  3. There is a relief order

This task is typically left to an individual, the board runner, who applies experience and judgment to the problem.

This class of tasks is an example of a constrained optimization problem, and there is considerable interest in computational solutions for these. A recent development in this area is the use of quantum computing. For a background, visit: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-quantum-algorithms-optimization-problems.html

Let’s consider a very simple problem:

Four anesthesiologists with relief order A > B > C > D

Three rooms with predicted end times of 1 > 2 > 3

A is in room 3, B in 1, C in 2, and D shows up for night duty. This can be easily solved on paper if we know the weights for the three rules. Now scale the number of rooms up to 30, throw in a few anesthesiologists who don’t do neuro or thoracic, the ability to staff solo, 2 residents, or 3-4 CRNAs, and the problem quickly becomes difficult.  So let’s throw some liquid helium on the problem.

As always, the point of the Engineering Challenge is to educate the membership about a new technology, have fun, and maybe change the world. I’m more interested in how you would solve the problem than seeing a final solution, but the members in attendance are the final arbiters of who does the best job.

Resources:

https://qiskit.org

https://www.ibm.com/products/ilog-cplex-optimization-studio

https://medium.com/rigetti/how-to-write-a-quantum-program-in-10-lines-of-code-for-beginners-540224ac6b45

STA Engineering Challenge Contact Information:

For questions on the challenge specifications contact:

Jeff E. Mandel, MD, MS
Chair, STA Engineering Challenge 
Jeff.Mandel@uphs.upenn.edu

PROJECT LEADER INFORMATION

Will you, or someone from your team, be able to present in person on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona? *

DISCLOSURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

Definition of Financial Relationships Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria for promotional speakers’ bureau, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner. Contracted research includes research funding where the institution gets the grant and manages the fund's and the person is the principal or named investigator on the grant. There is no minimum dollar amount for relationships.

Definition of Commercial Interest A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Providers of clinical service directly to patients are not commercial interests (unless the provider of clinical service is owned, or controlled by, a commercial interest)
After having read the definitions above, in the past 12 months, have you or your spouse/partner had a financial relationship with any commercial interest? *
If you have NOT had a financial relationship with a commercial organization, please skip to the next section: Supporting Document.
 
If you have had a financial relationship with a commercial organization, please continue to the following question.
 
Please fill out a disclosure for all authors on the proposal to which this applies.
 
* If Employee relationship, further action may be required; we will contact you if necessary.
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Statement 1 I will not accept payments or reimbursements from a commercial interest (any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.) for my role in the planning and delivery of this CME activity. If I am approached by a commercial interest in this regard, I will immediately notify American Academy of Insurance Medicine. *
Statement 2 Continuing medical education consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public. If I am a presenter, my presentation will meet these standards, and if I’m a planner, I will not approve any content that does not meet these standards. If I am a session chair and/or an abstract discussant, any contribution I make to discussion, will meet these standards. *
Statement 3 Presentations that promote recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definition of CME, or known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients are prohibited. Presentations devoted to advocacy of unscientific modalities of diagnosis or therapy are prohibited. If I am a presenter, my presentation will meet these standards, and if I’m a planner, I will not approve any content that does not meet these standards. If I am a session chair and/or an abstract discussant, any contribution I make to discussion, will meet these standards. *
Statement 4 All recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. If I am a presenter, my presentation will meet these standards, and if I’m a planner, I will not approve any content that does not meet these standards. If I am a session chair and/or an abstract discussant, any contribution I make to discussion, will meet these standards. *
Statement 5 Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality. If the CME educational material or content includes trade names, where available trade names from several companies should be used, not just trade names from a single company. If I am a presenter, my presentation will meet this standard, and if I’m a planner, I will not approve any content that does not meet this standard. If I am a session chair and/or an abstract discussant, any contribution I make to discussion, will meet this standard. *
Statement 6 Educational materials that are a part of this activity, such as slides, abstracts, and handouts, cannot contain any advertising, trade names, or product-group messages, or commercial interest logos. If I am a presenter, my presentation will meet this standard, and if I’m a planner, I will not approve any content that does not meet this standard. If I am a session chair and/or an abstract discussant, any contribution I make to discussion, will meet this standard. *
Statement 7 The content or format of a CME activity or its related materials must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest. If I am a presenter, my presentation will meet this standard, and if I’m a planner, I will not approve any content that does not meet this standard. If I am a session chair and/or an abstract discussant, any contribution I make to discussion, will meet this standard. *
Statement 8 The content of the CME activity must not be influenced by any commercial interest. If I am a presenter, my presentation will meet this standard, and if I'm a planner, I will not approve any content that does not meet this standard. *
Statement 9 If I participate in a non-faculty role, such as planner or reviewer, I will recuse myself from planning/reviewing content related to my financial relationship(s). *
Statement 10 If I am an abstract reviewer, I will not score any abstracts of which I am an author or which I know to be from my institution. If I or my spouse/domestic partner has a financial relationship with a company engaged in producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients and whose products or services are the subject of an abstract I am reviewing, I will refrain from scoring that abstract. Additionally, I will base my recommendations for content selection solely on the mean score when I or my spouse/domestic partner have a financial relationship with a company engaged in producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients and whose products or services are the subject of an abstract I am selecting. *
Statement 11 Because you are an employee or corporate board member of a commercial interest, we will review your disclosure and decide if further action is, or is not, necessary. We will email you and let you know either way. In the meantime, there is nothing else you need to do. *

SUPPORTING DOCUMENT


 
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